Two Towns in Provence

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Sep 14, 2011 - Literary Collections - 512 pages
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This volume brings together two delightful books—Map of Another Town and A Considerable Town—by one of our most beloved food and travel writers. In her inimitable style, here M.F.K. Fisher tells the stories—and reveals the secrets—of two quintessential French cities.

Map of Another Town, Fisher’s memoir of the French provincial capital of Aix-en-Provence is, as the author tells us, “my picture, my map, of a place and therefore of myself,” and a vibrant and perceptive profile of the kinship between a person and a place. Then, in A Considerable Town, she scans the centuries to reveal the ancient sources that clarify the Marseille of today and the indestructible nature of its people, and in so doing weaves a delightful journey filtered through the senses of a profound writer.
 

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Even though parts were random and disconcerting, in general this book kept my attention with its stories of the author's wanderings with her children, encounters with French stereotypes, and musings ... Read full review

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M.F.K.Fisher is a master of evocative description. When I read her prose I find it easy to conjure the exact place or moment in my mind. On every page there are glorious phrases to linger over and ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
5
Main Street
20
The Gypsy Way
47
Rue Cardinale
75
Oath to Asclepius
101
The Sound of the Place
128
A Familiar
146
The Unwritten Books
163
The Canebière 20
20
Port and Quays 40
40
Some of the Women 59
59
One of the Men 86
86
The Gamblers 105
105
The Food of Artemis 118
118
The Open Eyes 139
139
Some Differences 159
159

The Hôtel de Provence
188
The Gutlook Across
216
The Almond Blossoms
234
O N T E N T S 1 The Place Where I Looked 3
13
May Day 193273 168
168
The Good Old Beauvau 179
179
A Conclusion 198
198
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Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher was one of the great food writers of the twentieth century. Born in 1908 in Albion, Michigan, Fisher grew up in Whittier, California, and was educated at Illinois College, Occidental College, UCLA, and at the University of Dijon in France. She travelled to, and lived in Europe throughout her adult life. The author of numerous books, magazine articles, novels, and a translation of Brillat-Savarin’s The Physiology of Taste, Fisher is best remembered for her gastronomical works and the autobiographical nature of her writings about people, places, and food. M.F.K. Fisher died in 1992.

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