A Stew Or a Story: An Assortment of Short Works by M.F.K. Fisher

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Counterpoint Press, 2006 - Cooking - 364 pages
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Like the savory, simple dishes she favored, M.F.K. Fisher's writing was often "short, stylish, concentrated in flavor, and varied in form,” writes Joan Reardon in her introduction to this eclectic, lively collection. Magazine writing launched and helped to sustain Fisher's long, illustrious career and in these fifty-seven pieces we experience again the inimitable voice of the woman widely known to have elevated food writing to a literary art.

This book covers five decades of Fisher's writing for such notable and diverse publications as Gourmet, Bon Appetit, Ladies Home Journal, Atlantic Monthly, Harper's Bazaar, The New York Times, The New Yorker, and Vogue. But collected here also are articles nearly impossible to find from lesser-known, more ephemeral magazines. Essays on people, places, and of course food, mix here with delightful fiction to become a delectable feast.

The bylines attempt to capture the contributor as "America's best-known writer on the sensuous, "Culinary Queen,” or "Food Sophisticate,” but it is impossible to categorize M. F. K. Fisher. As a writer and a woman, she was truly in a class of her own.
 

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"A Stew or a Story: An Assortment of Short Works" by M.F.K Fisher are previously published pieces, gathered by Joan Reardon after Fisher's death, that had not been previously anthologized. I suppose ... Read full review

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Cookery author Reardon, a Julia Child Award nominee, has gathered 57 of Fisher's stories and essays to create an entertaining collection that spans five decades. Fisher's food writing was ahead of its ... Read full review

Contents

Legend of Love
3
A Possible Possession
93
Shall It Be Eating or Dining?
103
Gourmets Are MadeNot Born
111
Little Meals with Great Implications
120
Made with Love by Hand
134
Through a Glass Darkly
157
California
237
France
281
England
309
New York
316
On Celebrating a Glorious Fourth in a Free Land
327
Acknowledgments
363
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Culinary historian, cookbook author, and biographer Joan Reardon is the author of M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, and Alice Waters: Celebrating the Pleasures of the Table, "M.F.K. Fisher Among the Pots and Pans, "Poet of the Appetites: The Lives and Loves of M.F.K. Fisher, and Oysters: a Culinary Celebration. Reardon, who has a PhD in English literature, won an IACP Award for culinary writing, publishes and edits a quarterly newsletter for Les Dames d'Escoffier Chicago, and serves on the advisory board of Gastronomica magazine.

Born July 3, 1908, in Albion, Michigan, M.F.K Fisher was raised primarily in Whittier, California, where she enjoyed cooking meals for her family. Encouraged in literary pursuits by her parents, she combined her favorite pastimes-cooking and writing-and began writing about cooking as early as 1929 when she moved to Dijon, France, with her first husband, Alfred Fisher. Fisher was educated at Illinois College, Occidental College, the University of California at Los Angeles, and the University of Dijon. She has written under the names Mary Frances Parrish, Victoria Bern, and Victoria Berne. A prolific author, her work is primarily autobiography and memoir. Her long list of publications includes Dubious Honors (1988) and Stay Me, Oh Comfort Me: Journals and Stories, 1933-1945, (1993). She also contributed articles to widely known magazines, including the New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and Gourmet. Fisher died of Parkinson's disease on June 22, 1992, in Glen Ellen, California.

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