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Book Title: Long ago in France|
ISBN 13: 9780586092484
The author of the book: M.F.K. Fisher
Date of issue: 1993
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I didn't know anything about Dijon except that a sandwich isn't a sandwich till you Poupon it. There's a lot more to it than just the moutard. This is the city where Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher was initiated into the world of food and wine as sacrament, to be savored and lingered over and held in reverence. She arrived in Dijon as a newlywed in 1929 and stayed three years. This was the beginning of her gastronomical education and set the course for her future as a food writer extraordinaire.
I've never been particularly tempted by French cuisine. They eat too much stinky cheese and disgusting things made with animal innards and other revolting body parts. I could never be hungry enough to eat "terrines of pate ten years old under their tight crusts of mildewed fat." I could, however, grow happily thick-waisted on their pastries and other sweet, fruity delights. Papazi's apple tart with apricot glaze sounds heavenly!
This memoir was written retrospectively, sixty years later. As such, it's heavy on description and doesn't convey the feeling of wonder as a young woman discovers a new world of food and language and culture. Nonetheless, it's an interesting perspective on expat life in France between world wars.
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Read information about the authorMary Frances Kennedy Fisher was a prolific and well-respected writer, writing more than 20 books during her lifetime and also publishing two volumes of journals and correspondence shortly before her death in 1992. Her first book, Serve it Forth, was published in 1937. Her books deal primarily with food, considering it from many aspects: preparation, natural history, culture, and philosophy. Fisher believed that eating well was just one of the "arts of life" and explored the art of living as a secondary theme in her writing. Her style and pacing are noted elements of her short stories and essays.
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