Among Friends

San Francisco: North Point Press, 1983. Presumed first printing thus. Trade paperback. [8], 306, [6] pages. Ink note on fep. Edges stained with small page impacts. DJ is price clipped. North Point Press books have sewn bindings and are printed on acid-free paper. Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher (July 3, 1908 – June 22, 1992) was an American food writer. She was a founder of the Napa Valley Wine Library. Over her lifetime she wrote 27 books, including a translation of The Physiology of Taste by Brillat-Savarin. Fisher believed that eating well was just one of the "arts of life" and explored this in her writing. W. H. Auden once remarked, "I do not know of anyone in the United States who writes better prose." She contracted to write a series of cookbook reviews for The New Yorker magazine. In 1966, Time-Life hired Mary to write The Cooking of Provincial France. She traveled to Paris to research material for the book. While there, she met Paul and Julia Child, and through them James Beard. Child was hired to be a consultant on the book; Michael Field was the consulting editor. Field rented out the Childs' country home — La Pitchoune — to work on the book. When Fisher later moved into the house immediately after Field, she found the refrigerator empty. She remarked: "How could a person who loves food be in the south of France and not at least have a piece of cheese in the refrigerator?" Fisher was disappointed in the book's final form; it contained restaurant recipes, without regard to regional cuisine, and much of her signature prose had been cut. In 1971, Mary's friend David Bouverie offered to build Mary a house on his ranch. Mary designed it, calling it "Last House",and it was for her. In this poetic, sensitive memoir, M. F. K. Fisher traces her life from birth through childhood into adulthood through memories of her loving family and their lives as outsiders in the Quaker community of Whittier, California. Recalling the people, passions, sounds, and scents of her childhood, with its kindnesses and quiet cruelties, Fisher also portrays her developing interests in literature, food, and cooking. Elegantly and invitingly written, Among Friends demonstrates the writers belief that every lesson, every lecture listened to, must be interpreted into a personal dialect of human language, and that is what I keep trying to do. Condition: Good / Good.

Keywords: Cook, Recipes, Girls, Ladies, Prejudice, Culture, Music, Dance, Pagan, Flora, Fauna, Petitions, Manifestoes, Family, Town

ISBN: 0865471169

[Book #81965]

Price: $12.50