Photograph of American food writer M.F.K. Fisher with cat.

M.F.K. Fisher

(1908 - 1992)

Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher moved in 1929 at the age of twenty-one to Dijon, France, where she studied art history and became fluent in the country’s language and cuisine. She became America’s most celebrated and compelling food writer, singlehandedly inventing the genre of the food essay. Fisher published Serve It Forth in 1937, Consider the Oyster in 1941, How to Cook a Wolf in 1942, and a translation of Anthelme Brillat-Savarin’s The Physiology of Taste in 1949, among many other books.

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