There are just some titles and authors every lover of food literature must read, and our June selection leads that category. We’re reading The Gastronomical Me by Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher. Through her writing, Fisher became one of the 20th century’s most powerful influences on American gastronomy. Her career spanned six decades; her articles appeared in Gourmet and The New Yorker, she wrote 15 books, and she translated The Physiology of Taste (by Brillat-Savarin) into English. (Read more about her life in the obituary published by the New York Times.) The Gastronomical Me is an autobiographical book, and if you haven’t yet read it, you’ll discover here how Fisher uses food as a means of writing about life—something that few other food writers in her time really understood how to do, or mastered. And you’ll see why it’s a writer’s great honor to be compared to her.
We’ll meet on Tuesday, June 8th, at 6pm, at Forest Perk Coffee, 3328 Clairmont Avenue South (a few doors over from Piggly Wiggly). : Place TBA.