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Long Ago in France Paperback – 15 Feb 1992
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From the Back Cover
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”
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“'Long Ago in France' is a Burgundian feast, robust but exquisitely delicate, as fresh as the ingredients bought in this morning’s market”
NICHOLAS WOLLASTON, 'Observer'
“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”
About the Author
Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher (1908-1992) is the author of sixteen books of essays and reminiscences, many of which have become American classics. Her books include "The Gastronomical Me "and "How to Cook a Wolf". In 1991, she was elected to the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.
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Fisher, and her husband Al, were the only permanent American residents in Dijon at the time. They live in a boarding house, which provided very basic accommodations. The author renders some incisive portraits of French provincial life, its simple pleasures - like walks with the Alpine club - and the shopping rituals, going from one shop for this, to another shop for that. The war - "the Great One" - still marks life there, including the feared invasion of the "Bosches." The landlady, Madam Ollangnier, is described in the greatest detail, including her many cooking rituals. They were young and in love, and in France, and "...we were lucky to know people of almost every class, and to be within ourselves eager, interested..." and "...there were the proper wines, whether they came out of a spigot into a thick tumbler or slipped from a cradled cobwebbed bottle into the bottoms of glasses that rang thinly in the faintest stir of air." As for their forays into the countryside with the Alpine Club: "And 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, looking down into the valley where Vercingetorix had fought so splendidly...Read more ›
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