Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher

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 Memoirs
by Lori Gama



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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
Anne Zimmerman
Sterling Epicure, 2012


An Extravagant Hunger: The Passionate Years of M.F.K. Fisher
Anne Zimmerman
Counterpoint, 2011


M.F.K. Fisher: An Annotated Bibliography
Donald Zealand

Introduction by Joan Reardon
CreateSpace, 2010


M. F. K. Fisher among the Pots and Pans: Celebrating Her Kitchens.
Joan Reardon
Berkeley: University of California Press, 2008


A Stew or a Story: An Assortment of Short Works by M.F.K. Fisher.
Gathered and Introduced by Joan Reardon

Shoemaker & Hoard, 2006


Poet of the Appetites : The Lives and Loves of M.F.K. Fisher
Joan Reardon
North Point Press, 2004


M F K Fisher and Me: A Memoir of Food and Friendship
Jeannette Ferrary
St. Martin's Griffin; Reprint edition, 1998


A Welcoming Life: The M.F.K. Fisher Scrapbook
Compiled & Annotated by Dominque Gioia
Counterpoint, 1997


M.F.K. Fisher: A Life in Letters, Correspondence 1929-1991
Selected and compiled by Norah Barr, Marsha Moran and Patrick Moran
Counterpoint, 1997


M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child and Alice Waters: Celebrating the Pleasures of the Table
Joan Reardon 
New York: Harmony/Crown, 1994


Conversations with M.F.K. Fisher
Lazar, David, Ed.
Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1992


Between Friends: M.F.K. Fisher and Me
Ferrary, Jeannette
New York: The Atlantic Monthly Press, 1991


Masters of American Cookery
Fussell, Betty
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.

Supporting the MFK Fisher Award fund

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