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Long Ago in France [Paperback]

M. F. K. Fisher
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1 Feb 1992
In 1929, Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher arrived in Dijon, the provincial capital of Burgundy and the gastronomical capital of France, there to be initiated into the ways of love and life. LONG AGO IN FRANCE is Fisher's exquisitely evocative, deliciously candid memoir of her three-year stay in Dijon. It is a delightful journey backward - in the grandest of company - into a voluptuous, genteel world that has vanished forever.

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  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; 1st Touchstone Ed edition (1 Feb 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671755145
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671755140
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 14 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 259,827 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A generation before Peter Mayle first set eyes on Provençe, a young American bride, Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher, came to France and discovered a profusion of tastes, pastimes and sensuous pleasures in Dijon, France’s gastronomic capital. Picaresque, mouth-watering and crowded with unforgettable characters, 'Long Ago in France' is indeed a feast of a book, a delightful journey back to a voluptuous, genteel world, now vanished for ever.

“'Long Ago in France' captures, in loving and nostalgic detail, the life of a small French provincial town between the wars, when its inhabitants lived simply, ate well and gossiped”

“'Long Ago in France' is a Burgundian feast, robust but exquisitely delicate, as fresh as the ingredients bought in this morning’s market”

“The enveloping glow of a young American couple in love, living on the cheap in 1920s France, is reminiscent of Hemingway – as are the lush discoveries of French wine and food … Marvellously evocative”

“I do not know of anyone in the United States today who writes better prose”

“M.F.K. Fisher is a poet of the appetites”

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4.0 out of 5 stars Long Ago in France 3 Oct 2013
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The book made me long to return to France, where we've visited just this year. I have loved the author's writing for years and this was not a disappointment, in that it reminded me of places we've visited and feelings I've had when there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Reader's Feast 16 Nov 2002
By M. Allen Greenbaum - Published on Amazon.com
Between 1929 and 1932, young M.F.K. Fisher (later a famed chef and memoirist) and her husband Al Fisher lived and studied in Dijon, France. Here she discovered the people and the food of Burgundy, and she describes both with warmth, sensuality, and humor (without becoming overly sentimental: "It was there, I now understand, that I started to grow up, to study, to make love, to eat and drink, to be me and not what I was expected to be."
Her writing is crisp and evocative. "He took the apple slices from the bowl one by one, almost faster than we could see, and shook off the wine and laid them in a great, beautiful whorl, from the outside to the center, as perfect as a snail shell. We said not a word. The music trembled in the room." Fisher helps the reader discover the beauty of our appetites. She writes of an old soldier who offers her chocolate: "The chocolate broke at first like gravel into many separate, disagreeable bits...Then they grew soft, and melted voluptuously." Then a doctor offers her bread, admonishing, "Never eat chocolate without bread, young lady!" There is a delicious denouement: "...in two minutes my mouth was full of fresh bread, and melting chocolate, and as we sat gingerly, the three of us, on the frozen hill...we peered shyly and silently at each other and chewed at one of the most satisfying things I have ever eaten..."
This was a time of great importance for Fisher, and she generously shares her experiences in a richly satisfying book. It's a small treasure.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best from America's 1st literary foodie 23 July 2003
By Peggy Vincent - Published on Amazon.com
MFK Fisher holds a special place in the hearts of all `foodie' Americans. She was perhaps the 1st person to see the sense of writing food-based literary books and articles, and of course it's now a genre unto itself. But few have rivaled her beautiful prose, and I recall reading that she once said she considered it a day well-lived if she'd managed to compose one perfect sentence. To consider her just a food writer is to do her an injustice; she is a writer, first and foremost, who happens, sometimes, to write about food.
Long Ago in France is a memoir of her years in Dijon in the 30s, a book full of rich wine, rich ideas, character portraits filled with rich detail. It's about Life, a life filled with joy, experience, food, travel, and memorable people. This book is a paean to a lost era.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - 'the art of eating' & how to live one's life 9 July 2000
By Susannah Indigo - Published on Amazon.com
MFK Fisher wrote like an angel about food and wine and people and conversation and just about everything else that could possibly matter. She lived an enviable life, always at ease whether she was in Dijon or Switzerland or Sonoma Valley, and always writing brilliantly about how to live one's life fully. "Long Ago in France" tells of her discovery of voluptuous living in Dijon in the 1930's; "As They Were" is a collection of essays from her travels that rivals Paul Theroux for vivid evocations of place; "With Bold Knife and Fork" is a collection of some 140 recipes all wrapped up in lovely chapters with titles like "Some Ways to Laugh" and "The Trouble With Tripe." (Reviewed in detail by Susannah Indigo for Clean Sheets Magazine ...)
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, tantalizing 4 Jan 2006
By algo41 - Published on Amazon.com
This is an enjoyable, tantalizing book, with some dull spots in the earlier chapters. It is an account of Fisher's 3 years in Dijon, where she moved in 1929 so that her new husband could pursue a doctorate. She was 20 years old, bright, pretty, charming, in love, and most of all, enthusiastic. The reader gets caught up in all this, so as to overlook the book's serious drawback. Fisher can write very nicely, but you learn much more about her landladies than her husband. Fisher says of her sister Norah, "she TOO speaks always with reserve" (caps mine). The book is written as if you are already acquainted with Fisher, as no doubt many readers are, but for the rest I would recommend, before starting the book, that they look up M.F.K. Fisher in Google and thereby get to the site about Fisher sponsored by Les Dames d'Escoffier International.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lots of the same 20 Jan 2013
By M. Carlson - Published on Amazon.com
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I knew going into this I might not enjoy it. It was written in Fisher's later years and is basically the same story told in earlier books. However, without any of the emotion or beauty of her earlier works.
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