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Fisher, M. F. K. (Mary Frances Kennedy) 1908-1992

Works: 500 works in 1,144 publications in 11 languages and 29,777 library holdings
Genres: Biographies  Cookbooks  Fiction  Autobiographies  Short stories  Recipes  Anecdotes  Personal correspondence  Prescriptions, formulae, receipts, etc  Illustrated works 
Roles: Author, Translator, Editor, Other, Correspondent, Author of introduction
Classifications: PS3511.I7428, 641.092
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by M. F. K Fisher
The cooking of provincial France by M. F. K Fisher( Book )

44 editions published between 1968 and 1981 in 4 languages and held by 1,467 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses the cuisine of the provinces of France and provides many traditional recipes from these regions
Sister Age by M. F. K Fisher( Book )

18 editions published between 1983 and 2011 in English and held by 1,324 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Moment of wisdom -- Answer in the affirmative -- The weather within -- The unswept emptiness -- Another love story -- The second time around -- the lost, strayed, stolen -- the reunion -- the oldest man -- a question answered -- diplomatic, retired -- mrs. teeter's tomato jar -- a kitchen allegory -- a delayed meeting -- notes on a necessary pact
The art of eating by M. F. K Fisher( Book )

33 editions published between 1954 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 1,246 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

More than 50 years after M.F.K. Fisher logged her musings and memories on food, love, and life, her nuanced stories still entertain and enlighten. If you haven't yet read Fisher's work, you will thoroughly enjoy discovering its variety, richness, and honesty. If it has been a while since you last delved into her writing, you will be captivated once again. - Cover
The physiology of taste : or, Meditations on transcendental gastronomy by Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin( Book )

26 editions published between 1949 and 2011 in English and held by 878 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"First published in France in 1825 and continuously in print ever since, Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin's masterpiece is a historical, philosophical and epicurean collection of recipes, reflections, and anecdotes on everything and anything gastronomical."--Page 4 of cover
The boss dog by M. F. K Fisher( Book )

13 editions published between 1991 and 2004 in English and French and held by 785 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronicles an American mother's year abroad with her two daughters in Aix-en-Provence. Part memoir and part fiction, this adventure is presided over by an aloof and proprietary mongrel, the Boss Dog, who frequents the young family's favorite cafe
Here let us feast : a book of banquets by M. F. K Fisher( Book )

11 editions published between 1946 and 2018 in English and Undetermined and held by 735 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

M.F.K Fisher's latest excursion into the art or science of gastronomy is more an anthology of the finest writing on the subject than strictly a text of her own composition ... A royal feast, indeed!
The theoretical foot : a novel by M. F. K Fisher( Book )

11 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 669 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"When her long-time agent and friend Robert Lescher died in 2012, the manuscript of M.F.K. Fisher's unpublished first novel was discovered packed tidily away in one of Lescher's signature red boxes. Following on the success of Serve It Forth and written when she was in her early 30s, the novel employs Fisher's characteristic sharp-eyed wit to sketch themes so outre; they may have seemed too challenging for a proper woman of her time to attempt. Set in the late 1930s, The Theoretical Foot concerns two expat American couples in Europe, tramping from country to country without sanction of marriage, this during an era when cohabitation - to say nothing of a girl's hitchhiking! -- could ruin a respectable woman's reputation for all time. As fascism spreads and war inevitably approaches, the idyll of a beautiful life of love and freedom from convention is also threatened from within, as the man in one of the couples falls gravely ill with a rare circulatory disease. And indeed, Mary Francis Kennedy Fisher and Dillwyn Parrish had been forced to return to Depression-era California where she was struggling to support them with her writing. Parrish - like the character in the story -- was afflicted with Buerger's disease, for which there was only one effective painkiller, unavailable in the States. Faced with unrelieved agony and the threat of serial amputations, Parrish killed himself in August of 1941. Weeks later the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and the entire world was engulfed in war. Why this most autobiographical of stories was never published during Fisher's lifetime we cannot know but it may have been that it concerned itself not only with what was considered at that time to be a scandalous, licentious-seeming lifestyle but with a lost and beloved world, the European continent utterly transformed by war. And it may have been that her continued grief over her loss of the man she'd always later describe as her one great love made the book too painful for her to revisit"--
As they were by M. F. K Fisher( Book )

10 editions published between 1982 and 2011 in English and held by 636 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

...In AS THEY WERE she has collected a number of essays - she calls them reports - into an informal autobiography that wanders from Whittier, California, to the south of France
How to cook a wolf by M. F. K Fisher( Book )

26 editions published between 1942 and 2020 in 5 languages and held by 604 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

M.F.K. Fisher's guide to living happily even in trying times, which was first published during the Second World War in the days of ration cards; includes more than seventy recipes based on food staples and features sections such as "How to Keep Alive" and "How to Comfort Sorrow."
With bold knife and fork by M. F. K Fisher( Book )

25 editions published between 1969 and 2011 in English and Dutch and held by 534 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author shares her kitchen philosophy and offers advice on preparing appetizers, soups, casseroles, and other dishes
A cordiall water : a garland of odd & old receipts to assuage the ills of man&beast by M. F. K Fisher( Book )

18 editions published between 1961 and 2020 in English and French and held by 446 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of odd and old receipts to cure the ills of people and animals
Not now but now : a novel by M. F. K Fisher( Book )

21 editions published between 1947 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 443 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Follows the course of Jennie, a willful, wandering woman, a lovely enchantress calculating the havoc caused by her life of danger and license."
Consider the oyster by Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher( Book )

33 editions published between 1941 and 2018 in 9 languages and held by 388 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"M.F.K. Fisher, whom John Updike has called our "poet of the appetites," here pays tribute to that most delicate and enigmatic of foods--the oyster. As she tells of oysters found in stews, in soups, roasted, baked, fried, prepared à la Rockefeller or au naturel--and of the pearls sometimes found therein--Fisher describes her mother's joy at encountering oyster loaf in a girls' dorm in he 1890's, recalls her own initiation into the "strange cold succulence" of raw oysters as a young woman in Marseille and Dijon, and explores both the bivalve's famed aphrodisiac properties and its equally notorious gut-wrenching powers. Plumbing the "dreadful but exciting" life of the oyster, Fisher invites readers to share in the comforts and delights that this delicate edible evokes, and enchants us along the way with her characteristically wise and witty prose."
Dubious honors by M. F. K Fisher( Book )

5 editions published between 1988 and 1990 in English and held by 386 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Serve it forth by M. F. K Fisher( Book )

24 editions published between 1937 and 2006 in 4 languages and held by 360 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher est aimée et admirée pour son originalité et pour sa fantaisie autant que pour son intelligence et son style. Le poète W H. Auden n'hésita pas à la reconnaître, dès ses débuts, comme "la plus grande styliste de langue anglaise". Elle fut aussi la traductrice en anglais de la Physiologie du goût, de Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin. Son oeuvre complète est en cours de traduction. Mille anecdotes aussi divertissantes qu'appétissantes : de la façon dont on maltraite la pomme de terre et comment on peut lui rendre sa dignité ; de la parcimonie gastronomique des Grecs de l'Antiquité, de la gloutonnerie des Romains ; sans oublier les malheureux sans papilles
M.F.K. Fisher's translation of The physiology of taste, or, Meditations on transcendental gastronomy by Brillat-Savarin( Book )

8 editions published between 1949 and 1978 in English and held by 357 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For most, the hardest part of writing is overcoming the mountain of self-denial that weighs upon the spirit, always threatening to extinguish those first small embers of ambition. Brenda Ueland, a writer and teacher, devotes most of her book--published back in 1938, before everyone and their goldfish got their MFA's in creative writing--to these matters of the writer's heart. Still, the real gift of the book is Ueland herself: She liked to write, she didn't care what anyone thought, and she had a great sense of humor. You're simply happy to hang out with her
My Paris by Maurice Chevalier( Book )

1 edition published in 1972 in English and held by 355 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The gastronomical me by M. F. K Fisher( Book )

16 editions published between 1943 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 347 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1929, a newly married M.F.K. Fisher said goodbye to a milquetoast American culinary upbringing and sailed with her husband to Dijon, where she tasted real French cooking for the first time. The Gastronomical Me is a chronicle of her passionate embrace of a whole new way of eating, drinking, and celebrating the senses. As she recounts memorable meals shared with an assortment of eccentric and fascinating characters, set against a backdrop of mounting pre-war tensions, we witness the formation not only of her taste but of her character and her prodigious talent
A stew or a story : an assortment of short works by M.F.K. Fisher by Joan Reardon( Book )

2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 345 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A Stew or a Story covers five decades of Fisher's writing for such notable publications as Gourmet, Bon Appetit, Atlantic Monthly, Harper's Bazaar, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Ladies' Home Journal, and Vogue. But collected here also are articles nearly impossible to find from lesser-known, more ephemeral magazines. Essays on people, places, and of course food, mix here with delightful fiction to become a delectable feast."--Jacket
Masters of American cookery--M.F.K. Fisher, James Andrews Beard, Raymond Craig Claiborne, Julia McWilliams Child by Betty Harper Fussell( Book )

3 editions published between 1983 and 2005 in English and held by 325 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ever since American soldiers returned home after World War II with a passion for pâté and escargots instead of pork and beans, our preferences have moved from cooked to raw, from canned to fresh, from bland to savory, from water to wine. And guiding us through our culinary revolution have been four of the world's finest food experts: Julia Child, Craig Claiborne, James Beard, and M. F. K. Fisher. In Masters of American Cookery , Betty Fussell demonstrates vividly how each of these chefs has made a unique and invaluable contribution to the American way of cooking and eating. In more than two hundred recipesin chapters on appetizers, soups, salads, sauces, meats, poultry, fish, breads, cheeses and wines, and dessertsFussell shares the artistry of these culinary masters. She also traces the evolution of each dish and provides insightful, often witty asides about the origins of the recipes. In the tradition of Waverley Root and M. F. K. Fisher herself, Fussell has combined elements of history, memoir, and the cookbook to create a food lovers delight. As entertaining as it is instructive, Masters of American Cookery belongs on the bookshelf of anyone who cares about good food. Fussell provides a preface for this Bison Books edition
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The art of eating
The art of eatingThe physiology of taste : or, Meditations on transcendental gastronomyHere let us feast : a book of banquetsAs they wereHow to cook a wolfWith bold knife and forkA cordiall water : a garland of odd & old receipts to assuage the ills of man&beastNot now but now : a novel
Alternative Names

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Friede, Mary Frances.

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M. F. K. Fisher Amerikaans auteur (1908-1992)

M. F. K. Fisher écrivain américaine

M. F. K. Fisher escriptora estatunidenca

M. F. K. Fisher escritora estadounidense

M. F. K. Fisher scríbhneoir Meiriceánach

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M. F. K. Fisher shkrimtare amerikane

M. F. K. Fisher US-amerikanische Essayistin

M. F. K. Fisher yhdysvaltalainen kirjailija

Mary Frances Friede

Parrisch, Mary Frances Kennedy

Parrish, Mary Frances.

Parrish, Mary Frances 1908-

Parrish Mary Frances 1908-1992

ام. اف. کی. فیشر نویسنده آمریکایی

مارى كينيدى (مؤلفه)

ماري كينيدي كاتبة أمريكية

피셔, M. F. K. 1908-1992

피셔, 메리 프랜시스 케네디 1908-1992

フィッシャー, M. F. K.