As a decades-long MFK Fisher fan, I had hoped to learn something new by reading this volume. Instead, I found this to be largely a re-hash of previously published material written by MFK herself. This author's hop-scotch coverage of MFK's life results in huge holes in her story; in fact, there is more biographical information missing than included. For a more comprehensive biography on MFK, the reader can't do better than delving into Poet of the Appetites by Joan Reardon. For a more lyrical version, of course, one simply cannot do better than reading MFK's own books -- all of which were better proofread than this one.
What a beautiful book! Not only has Anne Zimmerman created a fascinating biographical account of M.F.K. Fisher, she has written a book that breathes new life into the life and work of a woman who shaped the future of food writing. This book will drive you to curl up on the couch and turn every page until your reach the end. Just make sure that you have snacks at the ready, for (like M.F.K. Fisher herself) Anne Zimmerman's writing will make you hungry.
As someone who had only a passing familiarity with MFK Fisher, I was assigned this book as part of a writing class. The book quickly turned from assignment to joy as Zimmerman's prose brought Fisher to life. A remarkable story with extraordinary writing, foodies, mid-century fans, lovers of biographies and anyone who cooks will love this book. It is also a terrific gift for the cook in your life.
Whether you are a well-read fan of MFK Fisher, a "foodie" or simply looking for a good read, you won't be disappointed with Anne Zimmerman's inside look at a fascinating woman. MFK Fisher's life, lika most lives, was driven by hungers...physical, emotional, and spiritual. Others have said, and I agree, that this reads more like a good novel than a biographical study. Order from Amazon and enjoy!
It's hard to read MFK Fisher's work without wanting to know the real story behind the fresh-peas-for-lunch vignettes. By focusing on Fisher's earlier years, Zimmerman helps fill in the details, giving Fisher fans like me the context for understanding the at-times perplexing life of a beloved food writer.
Utilizing information painstakingly gathered during years of coast-to-coast research, biographer Anne Zimmerman leads the reader through Fisher's formative years as an author, delving into her complex relationships with family, friends and lovers along the way. As one would expect in the biography of a beloved gastronome, Zimmerman's account often evokes the pleasures of the table--documenting everything from Fisher's simple peasant meals in Mexico to mouth-watering feasts in France.
A page-turner until the end, the book recounts Fisher's personal struggles, scandals, passions, and triumphs in a voice that is almost fond yet always candid. Fans of Fisher will delight in finding her unique, rich voice liberally sprinkled throughout, as excerpts from her private journals and published works seamlessly weave with Zimmerman's easy, flowing narrative. Fisher's numerous exploits and adventures will leave the reader often astounded yet always rooting for the woman whose unapologetic pursuit of pleasure could never be tamed.