Conversations with M.F.K. Fisher

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Univ. Press of Mississippi, 1992 - Literary Criticism - 209 pages
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This collection of interviews captures the conversation of one of the most prominent prose writers in the Unites States. About her the Chicago Sun-Times says, "She is to literary prose what Sir Laurence Olivier is to acting or Willie Mays is to baseball."

These interviews reveal her uncompromising and frequently contradictory attitudes toward the luxuries and necessities of gastronomy, the idea that sensual appreciation, in all aspects of life, is or should be necessary. In her conversations m. F. K. Fisher often returns to the complexities of her life. Other recurring subjects in these interviews include the nature of aging, the differences between men and women, and her own relationship to her work, which she describes with precision and a selective memory.

These pieces give us a view of M. F. K. Fisher in motion--speaking and changing her mind at will, with fierce wit, unable to tolerate simplistic strategies of thinking and living.

 

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Contents

Career Woman1942 Style Look Magazine
3
The Art of Eating the Art of Living Publishers Weekly
10
A Simple Country Lunch with M F K Fisher James Villas
22
Dawdling in Marseilles Charles Michener
34
As the Lingo Languishes M F K Fisher
41
How to Cook a Wolf and Other Gastronomical
52
How to Cook a Life David Eames
60
Past Present Future Together Robert Dauidoff
66
A Conversation with
104
A Tale of a Tasteful Affair
117
Its Not Just Eating Meg McConahey
126
Conversations with M F K Fisher
133
The Prime of M F K Fisher Betty Fussell
159
Essayist Bill Moyers
167
F K Fisher Katherine Usher Henderson
178
The Fatherland Jeannette Ferrary
187

PhilosopherPoet of the Stove Betty Fussell
76
A Profile Elizabeth Hawes
85
A Conversation with M F K Fisher Joan Nathan
96
F K Fisher Ruth Reichl
198
Index
207
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About the author (1992)

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.

David Lazar is the director of the nonfiction writing program at Columbia College Chicago, a professor in the Department of English, and the editor of "Hotel Amerika," He is the author of "The Body of Brooklyn" (Iowa, 2003), "Michael Powell: Interviews," "Conversations with M. F. K. Fisher," and a book of prose poems, "Powder Town," Four of his essays have been named Notable Essays of the Year by "Best American Essays,

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