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Provence, 1970: M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, James Beard, and the Reinvention of American Taste

     by Barr, Luke

Provence, 1970: M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, James Beard, and the Reinvention of American Taste

Plot/Summary:
In late 1970 several of the most famous food writers in the world found themselves in southern France. Some had arranged to meet there but a few were there purely by chance. Julia Child, with her husband Paul, were staying in their vacation house, La Pitchoune. Simone Beck, who had co-authored Mastering the Art of French Cooking with Julia, was spending Christmas at her home near La Pitchoune. Food writer M.F.K. Fisher was visiting France with her sister Norah. James Beard was working on his book American Cookery while staying at a nearby diet/health clinic. American born Richard Olney, who lived in Provence, was immersing himself in French culinary knowledge. Cookbook editor Judith Jones and her husband, who were vacationing in France, joined the group. For a few weeks these renowned culinary stars met, talked, argued, ate wonderful food and re-considered their culinary philosophies. 

Comments:
From the journals and letters of M.F.K. Fisher and the other food writers of this group, author Luke Barr, the grandson of M.F.K. Fisher's sister Norah, creates a vivid account of the meeting of these very opinionated culinary stars in what he describes as a pivotal moment in American food culture. Anyone who is interested in the philosophy of food culture would enjoy this peek into the lives of these culinary legends.


Reviewed by nk, 02/14. Other reviews by nk.