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Happy Birthday, MFK! [moved from CA]

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pickypicky Jul 27, 2008 03:29 PM

This month marks the 100th birthday of M F K Fisher, who poet W. H. Auden called one of the greatest prose writers of the 20th century. It was Fisher's appetite(s) that made her great, and one could argue that the 70's revolution in American food actually began in the pages of her first books, "Serve It Forth" (1937), "How to Cook a Wolf" (1942), and "The Gastronomical Me" (1943). She was a good friend of Julia Child, mentor to Alice Waters, pioneer champion of California wines, author of more than 20 books, New Yorker contributor, and an almost-native Californian, who grew up in the orange and avocado groves of Whittier. But it was her years as a twenty-something in France-- first as a young bride, later with her lover-- that most inspired her and later caused more than one misguided soul to call her writing "food pornography."

I introduced my younger man, a chef, to MFK, and now must consider her the other woman in his life. When he asked his kitchen staff who had heard of Fisher, not one among them had. So, I start this thread in her honor. Google her (there's some terrific online stuff just recently in GOURMET and STYLE). Or knuckle down and get her book from the library. THE ART OF EATING is a collection of her earliest (and possibly best). It's perfect for grazing, nibbling, or feasting.

If you're a fan, I hope you'll share here.

“People ask me: "Why do you write about food, and eating, and drinking? Why don't you write about the struggle for power and security, and about love, the way the others do?" . . . The easiest answer is to say that, like most other humans, I am hungry.” MFK FISHER