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An Extravagant Hunger

The Passionate Years of M.F.K. Fisher

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January 24, 2012 | Paperback | 6 x 9, 352 Pages | ISBN 9781582438047
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"Fisher's hopeless struggle for happiness and her soap opera-worthy love life—as well as Zimmerman's careful attention to detail and suspenseful pacing—will keep readers turning these pages." —Washington Post

In An Extravagant Hunger, time slows and is relished, and the turning points and casual strolls of M.F.K. Fisher’s life are unwrapped and savored. From the Berengaria that washed her across the sea to France in 1929, to Le Paquis, the Swiss estate that later provided a backdrop for some of the most idyllic and fleeting moments of her life, Anne Zimmerman exquisitely captures the breadth and stories of Fisher’s love for food and her love for family and men. Exploring Fisher’s lonely and formative time in Europe with her first husband; her subsequent divorce and re-marriage to her creative spark plug, Dillwyn Parrish, and his tragic suicide; the story of M.F.K. Fisher’s life becomes as vibrant and passionate as her prolific words on wine and cuisine.

Letters and journal entries piece together a dramatic life, but An Extravagant Hunger steps further, bridging the gaps between personal notes and her public persona, filling in the silences by offering an engaging and unprecedented intuitive commentary. With a passion of her own, Anne Zimmerman is the cheerful witness, lingering beside M.F.K. Fisher through her most dramatic and productive years.

ANNE ZIMMERMAN holds an MA from San Diego State University, where her thesis was a biographical study of the life of M.F.K. Fisher. She has spent exhaustive time researching Fisher at the Schlesinger Library at Radcliffe College and is a food enthusiast and contributor to Culinate.com. She lives in San Francisco.

Praise

“Fisher’s hopeless struggle for happiness and her soap opera-worthy love life—as well as Zimmerman’s careful attention to detail and suspenseful pacing—will keep readers turning these pages.” —Washington Post

“In her sympathetic yet critical biography of the life behind Fisher’s celebrated writings, Zimmerman finds a passionate woman defined by ‘lifelong hungers’… Focused, smart, and engaging.” —Publishers Weekly

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