Mary Frances Kennedy was born on
July 3, 1908 in Albion, Michigan. When she was two,
her father, a journalist, moved the family to Whittier,
California. She grew up an Episcopalian in a Quaker
community. Her family was highly literate. Her book
Among Friends chronicles childhood recollections.
In 1929 she met Alfred Young Fisher while studying
at the University of California. They spent the first
three years of their marriage in Europe, mostly in France
at the University of Dijon. Years later, in her book
Aix-en-Provence, she defined her stay there as "two
shaking and making years in my life." Dijon was
known as the "gastronomical capital of the world."
She learned how to live and eat economically and was
introduced to various wines, pastries and cheeses.
The couple returned to southern California in 1932
when Al Fisher began teaching at Occidental College.
Mary Frances contributed to their income by working
in a picture-framing shop that sold pornographic postcards.
She read books and, inspired by an Elizabethan cookbook
she discovered at the Los Angeles Public Library, she
began writing essays of her own on cooking.
Her first Book, Serve it Forth was so unlike
other "women" writers on the subject of cooking
that many critics thought it was written by a man.
with permission from Gastronomic
by Lori Gama
Books about Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher
The following list is in chronological order by publishing date with the latest releases at the top.
Those books available for sale on Amazon will turn into a clickable gold link when you run your cursor over the book title.
M.F.K. Fisher: Musings on Wine and other Libations
Sterling Epicure, 2012
An Extravagant Hunger: The Passionate Years of M.F.K. Fisher
M.F.K. Fisher: An Annotated Bibliography
Introduction by Joan Reardon
F. K. Fisher among the Pots and Pans: Celebrating Her Kitchens.
Berkeley: University of California Press, 2008
Stew or a Story: An Assortment of Short Works by M.F.K. Fisher.
Gathered and Introduced by Joan Reardon
of the Appetites : The Lives and Loves of M.F.K. Fisher
North Point Press, 2004
F K Fisher and Me: A Memoir of Food and Friendship
St. Martin's Griffin; Reprint edition, 1998
Welcoming Life: The M.F.K. Fisher Scrapbook
Compiled & Annotated by Dominque Gioia
Fisher: A Life in Letters, Correspondence 1929-1991
Selected and compiled by Norah Barr, Marsha Moran and Patrick Moran
M.F.K. Fisher, Julia
Child and Alice Waters: Celebrating the Pleasures of the Table
New York: Harmony/Crown, 1994
with M.F.K. Fisher
Lazar, David, Ed.
Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1992
Between Friends: M.F.K.
Fisher and Me
New York: The Atlantic Monthly Press, 1991
Masters of American Cookery
New York: Times Books, 1983
Touch and Go
Berne, Victoria (pseud. M.F.K. Fisher and Dillwyn Parrish)
New York & Londo9n: Harper & Brothers, 1939
M.F.K. Fisher: Writer with a Bite
28 minute video
Kathi Wheater, Producer Distributor
Video Free America
Centennial Birthday Celebration in Chicago
See the place setting menu for the joint Les Dames d'Escoffier and ChicaGourmets celebration of MFKF's 100th birthday by CLICKING HERE. Some of the dishes on the menu were from MFK Fisher among the Pots and Pans and there was a book signing of that centennial book at the reception. The event was held at Shaw's Restaurant in Chicago on Bastille Day Eve, July 13th.
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