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M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, and Alice Waters: Celebrating the Pleasures of the Table
M. F. K. Fisher, Julia Child, and Alice Waters celebrates the accomplishments and friendships of three women who changed the way Americans think about food and cooking, dining and pleasure. In a series of three overlapping biographical portraits, Reardon reveals the private lives behind their public personas. Tracing major developments in their careers and quoting extensiv ...more
Hardcover, 302 pages
Published October 4th 1994 by Crown
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I adore Julia Child and therefore loved the sections about her, but I just can't seem to connect with Fisher whatsoever. It took me weeks to get through her sections! I just don't get her appeal. Alice Waters is somewhere in the middle. She's interesting, but not entirely likeable. She's a little too California for me. This book's premise is also just a little weird. I feel like Reardon just threw them together because she liked them all and they have vague ties, but the same could be said of ne ...more
This was a good primer to the writings of these three 'Ladies at the Table'. Though they were connected in real life (by varying degrees), that did feel a little forced, though the biographies are sandwiched between chapters on the influence of France and California on all three writers/chefs. The biographies aren't overly-detailed, but they give a good basic intorduction to the writers, their influences and lifestyles. I would have liked more pictures; I also thought the book showed it's age (i ...more
Interesting mini-biographies of three women influential in the culinary women. I hadn't realized that MFK Fisher and Julia Child were such friends, and that an older Fisher was a central fixture in the food world of the times. Unfortunately, I found Reardon's writing difficult to read. She used words oddly and her sentences would start hinting at one idea but then end up somewhere completely different, both of which made it hard to skim. (And that's not to mention her misuse and overuse of "lite ...more
I found this book to be overly detailed and long-winded at times. Reardon could have cut 100 pages and fine-tuned what was left to produce something really riveting. I know a lot about Fisher, Child and Waters already, so I ended up skipping the 2 chapters devoted exclusively to Child to expedite my reading (if the prose was a little sharper, I probably wouldn't have skipped these chapters). That said, I feel the facts Reardon supplied were intimate and as a result you get a complete picture of ...more
Fascinating biographies of these three great American food writers and cooks. It provides a broad perspective of the food scene in both America and France in the years spanning the periods of these writers' lives, as well as a close look at the three women individually. Well researched and written. A solid achievement. ...more
This is a series of three mini biographies of M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, and Mary Alice Waters, three women who changed the culture of American cooking in the twentieth century. It is a good starting point for information about any of the three women, but the text is sluggish and cumbersome at times.
Very interesting, especially since I knew very little of MFK Fisher and Alice Waters, but had been interested in learning more. And of course, I adore Julia Child, so anything Child-related excites me. I recommend this book if you are interested in French culture, food "movements", and California. ...more
Hey, this is not a recent read, but by request I am resurrecting it because so many people are going to see Julie/Julia. This book focuses on Julia Child, M.F.K. Fisher, and Alice Waters. I read it back during my Alice Waters fascination phase; I think it's out of print but interesting. ...more