M. F. K. Fisher (1908–1992)

American gastronome and food writer. Born in Albion, Michigan, Mary Frances Kennedy grew up in Whittier, California, and attended the University of California, Berkeley, where she met her first husband, Alfred Young Fisher. The couple spent the early years of their marriage in France; it was in Dijon, which she would later describe as “the gastronomical capital of the world,” that she became immersed in the culinary arts that would be her lifelong passion. Not long after returning to the United States she wrote her first book about food and the art of living well, Serve It Forth (1937). Among the many books that followed, the best known are Consider the Oyster (1941), The Art of Eating (1954), and two memoirs, The Gastronomical Me (1943) and Long Ago in France (1991). See also mfkfisher.com.