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Conversations with M.F.K. Fisher

Author: M F K Fisher; David Lazar
Publisher: Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, ©1992.
Series: Literary conversations series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This collection of interviews captures the conversations of a writer about whom 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 M.F.K. Fisher's fierce wit and her uncompromising and frequently contradictory attitudes toward the luxuries and necessities of gastronomy - the idea that sensual appreciation, in all
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Genre/Form: Interviews
Named Person: M F K Fisher; M F K Fisher; M F K Fisher; Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: M F K Fisher; David Lazar
ISBN: 0878055959 9780878055951 0878055967 9780878055968
OCLC Number: 26353153
Notes: "Books by M.F.K. Fisher"--Page v.
Includes index.
Description: xxi, 209 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Career woman --
1942 Style / Look Magazine --
That wolf at your Front Door / Ted Gill --
In Provence, That Land of Brittle Languors / Charles Poore --
The Art of Eating, the Art of Living / Publishers Weekly --
The Grand Dame of Gastronomy / Nancy Scott --
A Simple Country Lunch with M.F.K. Fisher / James Villas --
Dawdling in Marseilles / Charles Michener --
Romancing People, Places and Food / Joan Chatfield-Taylor --
As the Lingo Languishes / M.F.K. Fisher --
M.F.K. Fisher: How to Cook a Wolf and Other Gastronomical Feats / Ruth Reichl --
How to Cook a Life / David Eames --
Fisher: Past, Present, Future Together / Robert Davidoff --
M.F.K. Fisher / Maya Angelou --
M.F.K. Fisher: Philosopher-Poet of the Stove / Betty Fussell --
M.F.K. Fisher: A Profile / Elizabeth Hawes --
A Conversation with M.F.K. Fisher / Joan Nathan --
Eating Well Is the Best Revenge: A Conversation with M.F.K. Fisher / Julia Reed --
America's Finest Food Writer: M.F.K. Fisher: An Intimate Portrait / Bert Greene --
Loving Brillat-Savarin: A Tale of a Tasteful Affair / Jeannette Ferrary --
M.F.K. Fisher is more than a cookbook author / Susan Stamberg --
It's Not Just Eating / Meg McConahey --
Christmas with M.F.K. Fisher / Christine Vandevelde --
Something of a Ghost: Conversations with M.F.K. Fisher / David Lazar --
The Prime of M.F.K. Fisher / Betty Fussell --
M.F.K. Fisher : Essayist / Bill Moyers --
M.F.K. Fisher / Katherine Usher Henderson --
The Fatherland / Jeannette Ferrary --
M.F.K. Fisher / Ruth Reichl.
Series Title: Literary conversations series.
Responsibility: edited by David Lazar.

Abstract:

This collection of interviews captures the conversations of a writer about whom 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 M.F.K. Fisher's fierce wit and 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 Fisher often returns to the complexities of her own life - the people and places she has loved: Dijon in the l930s, with its irrepressible and colorful chefs and landladies; her classically late-Victorian mother who lived much of her mature life as an invalid; Rex, Fisher's father, whose newspaper ethics and integrity influenced her work; her three husbands, with special attention to the painter Dillwyn Parrish, her great love, whose illness and suicide shortly before the suicide of Fisher's younger brother so shaped her complex view of detachment. Other recurring subjects in these interviews include the nature of aging, the differences between men and women, and Fisher's relationship with 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 and unable to tolerate simplistic strategies of thinking and living.

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