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SISTER AGE. Inscribed. American chef & food writer James Beard's Copy.

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1983.

1st Edition. Fisher, M. F. K. SISTER AGE. Inscribed. American chef & food writer James Beard's Copy. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1983. First edition. 8vo., 243pp. Publisher's quarter goldenrod cloth backed grey paper covered boards stamped silver & gilt to spine & gilt to upper cover. A near fine or better example in dustwrapper. A superb Association Copy inscribed by Fisher on the ffe.: " For J.A.B. / from MFKF / and / for dear Jim / from his ever-loving Mary Francis / Glen Ellen / 1983". With James Beard's elegant bookplate on the front pastedown. James Andrew Beard [1903 - 1985]. American chef & food writer. The central figure in the story of the establishment of a gourmet American food identity, Beard was an eccentric personality who brought French cooking to the American middle & upper classes in the 1950s. His legacy lives on in twenty books, numerous writings, his own foundation, & his foundation's annual Beard awards in various culinary genres. Julia Child accurately sums up Beard's personal life in a brief description: Beard was the quintessential American cook. Well-educated and well-traveled during his eighty-two years, he was familiar with many cuisines but he remained fundamentally American. He was a big man, over six feet tall, with a big belly, and huge hands. An endearing and always lively teacher, he loved people, loved his work, loved gossip, loved to eat, loved a good time". Mark Bittman describes him in a manner similar to that of Julia Child: "In a time when serious cooking meant French Cooking, Beard was quintessentially American, a Westerner whose mother ran a boarding-house, a man who grew up with hotcakes and salmon and meatloaf in his blood. A man who was born a hundred years ago on the other side of the country, in a city, Portland, that at the time was every bit as cosmopolitan as, say, Allegheny PA." "In these fifteen remarkable stories, M.F.K. Fisher, one of the most admired writers of our time, embraces age as St. Francis welcomed Brother Pain. With a saint to guide us, she writes in her Foreword, perhaps we can accept in a loving way "the inevitable visits of a possibly nagging harpy like Sister Age" But in the stories, it is the human strength in the unavoidable encounter with the end of life that Mrs. Fisher dramatizes so powerfully. Other themes - the importance of witnessing death, the marvellous resilience of the old, the passing of vanity - are all explored with insight, sympathy and, often, a sly wit." "A quietly moving collection by one of America's most eloquent writers" - The Philadelphia Inquirer, "Not only the best book she has ever written, it is one of the best anybody has written on [the] subject." - The Cleveland Plain Dealer & "Exact, unsparing and blessedly free of sweeteners" - Newsweek.

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SISTER AGE. Inscribed. American chef & food writer James Beard's Copy. M. F. K. Fisher.