Press Release: The Gastronomical Me
The Gastronomical Me
M. F. K. Fisher
Introduced by Ruth Reichl
‘In a properly run culture, Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher would be recognized as one of the great writers this country has produced in this century’
new york times book review
In 1929, M. F. K. Fisher, young and newly married, left her home in California and sailed with her husband to Dijon, at the time hailed as ‘the gastronomic capital of the world’. In The Gastronomical Me she charts her culinary coming of age and maps all the significant moments of her life – relationships formed and broken, homes made and moved on from – against meals she has enjoyed and wine she has drunk. Hers is a truly distinctive voice, and this chronicle of her passionate embrace of a whole new way of eating, drinking and celebrating the senses marked Fisher’s emergence as a new kind of food writer – one for which food is a metaphor for living.
Starting with an account of the first supper she and her sister ate alone with her father (‘warm round peach pie’ with ‘cool yellow cream’), Fisher also shares with her readers her first taste of oysters at a school Christmas feast; memories of Ora, her childhood cook and early hero who one day calmly went home and chopped her own mother to pieces with her favourite kitchen knife; her first, revelatory meals in Dijon; and the gradual formation of her own approach to eating and cookery.
This new edition from The Folio Society is illustrated with 17 photographs presented to reflect the three periods of Fisher’s life that are the focus of this book. It is introduced by chef and food writer Ruth Reichl, who corresponded with Fisher over many years. Reichl reflects on the inspirational power of Fisher’s life and work, and how she was ‘the first to write about food as a way of understanding the world’.
The first real food memoir, The Gastronomical Me went on to influence the wider literary world as well as food writing, and, like a good meal, it is best when shared with others.
Bound in cloth. Set in Garamond. 272 pages. Frontispiece and 12 pages of black & white plates. Lightweight printed slipcase. 9˝ x 5¾˝.
UK £34.95 US $57.95 Can $72.95 Aus $72.95
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