Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher
About M.F.K. Fisher

A short biography and books about M.F.K.

Her Friends Remember

Three pages of tributes to her life and times

Her Body of Work

The complete compendium of her work

The M.F.K. Fisher Award

Is awarded to women writers by Les Dames d'Escoffier International

MFK Fisher

Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher

Les Dames d'Escoffier International is proud to celebrate the life and accomplishments of Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher. Considered one of America's greatest writers, her writings revere the art of eating simply but well, of taking pleasure where it is found and of loving life with all of its challenges.

Happy Birthday Mary Frances!

Thursday, July 3, 2008, was the 100th Birthday of M.F.K. Fisher, and we raised a glass of a favorite libation in her honor. Caviar and a potato chip and a few macadamia nuts - three of her favorite nibbles - would also be fitting accompaniments.


Fisher, Mary Frances to all who knew her, received the Grande Dame Award in 1978, thirty years ago, and here is her account of the event:


"Mary Frances's influence continued to be felt in the expanding culinary community, and Carol Brock, founder and president of the New York chapter of Les Dames d'Escoffier wrote to Mary Frances about their wish to confer the title of Grande Dame on her, as they had previously bestowed it on Julia Child and Ella Brennan. "At first," Mary Frances told Eleanor, "I was rather sniffy about them . . . a bunch of food PR people, I thought. But now I know more about the group, and approve its aims to make qualified females welcome in large fine kitchens. So I agreed to be there . . . I've made it clear that I don't want my `appearance' tied in at all with the publication of the Marseille book [A Considerable Town]. I'm hoping Norah will feel like coming along . . . I'm really quite at a loss on planes and getting into taxis and so on. But I don't want her to feel like a Guide Dog." Between the invitation and the actual event on April 29, 1978, plans changed from a "noon-thing on a cruising yacht" around Manhattan to a gala dinner at the New York Public Library. As requested, Mary Frances sent a suggested guest list that included Julia and Paul Child, Judith and Evan Jones, William Maxwell and Edith Oliver from The New Yorker, Robert and Susan Lescher, Eleanor Friede, and Bert Greene, who had also been involved in planning the event, which was headlined "An Evening in Honor of M.F.K. Fisher." Mary Frances told Julia, "I've got a new `outfit' (About time!), all of which will stay invisible behind the dinner table. But I'll feel fine, inside. On to Marseille! Or Aix! Or or or . . ."


Having decided to use the trip to New York City as a prelude to another visit to Provence, Mary Frances and Norah flew to Marseille on April 30th and then on to Aix and Le Tholonet." Poet of the Appetites: The Lives and Loves of MFK Fisher


It was Fisher's last trip to France, and it is lovely to think that the Grande Dame Award made it possible.

Submitted by Joan Reardon

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