An Extravagant Hunger: The Passionate Years of M. F. K. Fisher
Paperback, 352 pages; 2012 (2011)
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Several books of the writing of M. F. K. Fisher--including Among Friends, The Art of Eating, and Sister Age--have appeared in previous issues of Bas Bleu, but An Extravagant Hunger is the first book about her that we've offered. Heading off to France in 1929, almost twenty years before Julia Child made her way to Paris, newlyweds Mary Frances Kennedy and Al Fisher reveled in the food and drink they found there. She wrote about her newfound culinary delights with wit and humor, and eventually became one of the most influential food writers in America. Anne Zimmerman's book fills in the blanks that Fisher's own writing seems to gloss over--the details of her adult personal life, including the lack of passion in her first marriage, the suicide of the great love of her life, and then later her marriage to an influential publisher who aided her career. These are the juicy bits, but written with respect and restraint. Fans of M. F. K. Fisher, don't miss this one.