Anne Zimmerman

Anne Zimmerman

Anne Zimmerman believed there was more to the life of famed food writer M.F.K. Fisher than the stories she told in her autobiographical books and essays. Fisher's writings about food were ripe and evocative: she viewed meals as one of the central characters in the most profound moments in her life. Yet there was a sadness to her work too, pain that hinted at a life filled with darkness and despair.

In An Extravagant Hunger: The Passionate Years of M.F.K. Fisher, Zimmerman seeks to illuminate the most colorful years of M.F.K. Fisher's life. Relying on unpublished letters and journals, she explores Fisher's time in Europe with her first husband, her re-marriage, her second husband's suicide, and the pleasures of cooking and table that made Fishers' life transcendent.

An Extravagant Hunger reveals the personal story behind some of M.F.K. Fisher's most beloved gastronomical writings: Serve it Forth, Consider the Oyster, How to Cook a Wolf, and The Gastronomical Me.

Anne Zimmerman was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. She attended Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon, and received a Master's degree from San Diego State University. A West Coast girl, she has lived in Portland, Seattle, and San Diego but currently call San Francisco's busy Mission neighborhood home.

When not writing, she scours the internet and flips through piles of cookbooks and past Gourmet Magazines, making lists of things to cook and bake. She insists on reading the printed version of the New York Times whenever possible. She always send thank-you notes.

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