Books about Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher

The following list is in chronological order by publishing date with the latest releases at the top. 
Those books hyperlinked are available on Amazon.

M.F.K. Fisher’s Provence
by M.F.K. Fisher and Aileen Ah-Tye

M.F.K. Fisher: Musings on Wine and other Libations 
Anne Zimmerman
Sterling Epicure, 2012

An Extravagant Hunger: The Passionate Years of M.F.K. Fisher
Anne Zimmerman
Counterpoint, 2011

M.F.K. Fisher: An Annotated Bibliography
Donald Zealand
Introduction by Joan Reardon
CreateSpace, 2010

M. F. K. Fisher among the Pots and Pans: Celebrating Her Kitchens.
Joan Reardon 
Berkeley: University of California Press, 2008

A Stew or a Story: An Assortment of Short Works by M.F.K. Fisher
Gathered and Introduced by Joan Reardon
Shoemaker & Hoard, 2006

Poet of the Appetites : The Lives and Loves of M.F.K. Fisher
Joan Reardon
North Point Press, 2004

M F K Fisher and Me: A Memoir of Food and Friendship
Jeannette Ferrary
St. Martin's Griffin; Reprint edition, 1998

A Welcoming Life: The M.F.K. Fisher Scrapbook
Compiled & Annotated by Dominque Gioia
Counterpoint, 1997

M.F.K. Fisher: A Life in Letters, Correspondence 1929-1991
Selected and compiled by Norah Barr, Marsha Moran and Patrick Moran
Counterpoint, 1997

M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child and Alice Waters: Celebrating the Pleasures of the Table
Joan Reardon 
New York: Harmony/Crown, 1994

Conversations with M.F.K. Fisher
Lazar, David, Ed.
Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1992

Between Friends: M.F.K. Fisher and Me
Ferrary, Jeannette
New York: The Atlantic Monthly Press, 1991

Masters of American Cookery
Fussell, Betty
New York: Times Books, 1983

Touch and Go
Berne, Victoria (pseud. M.F.K. Fisher and Dillwyn Parrish) 
New York & Londo9n: Harper & Brothers, 1939

M.F.K. Fisher: Writer with a Bite
28 minute video
Kathi Wheater, Producer Distributor
Video Free America


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Happy Birthday Mary Frances!

Submitted by Joan Reardon

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.


Centennial Birthday Celebration in Chicago

See the place setting menu for the joint Les Dames d'Escoffier and ChicaGourmets celebration of MFKF's 100th birthday by CLICKING HERE.  Some of the dishes on the menu were from MFK Fisher among the Pots and Pans and there was a book signing of that centennial book at the reception.  The event was held at Shaw's Restaurant in Chicago on Bastille Day Eve, July 13th.


Supporting the MFK Fisher Award fund

Included on the list above are books about M.F.K. Fisher. Those titles that change color when you hover your mouse over them are still in print and available for sale at Just click on the book title to purchase a book.

In Association with all proceeds generated by the sales of books through this site will benefit the Les Dames d'Escoffier M.F.K. Fisher Award fund.