Provence, 1970

Provence, 1970

M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, James Beard, and the Reinvention of American Taste

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Provence, 1970 is about a singular historic moment. In the winter of that year, more or less coincidentally, the iconic culinary figures James Beard, M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, Richard Olney, Simone Beck, and Judith Jones found themselves together in the South of France. They cooked and ate, talked and argued, about the future of food in America, the meaning of taste, and the limits of snobbery. Without quite realizing it, they were shaping today's tastes and culture, the way we eat now. The conversations among this group were chronicled by M.F.K. Fisher in journals and letters--some of which were later discovered by Luke Barr, her great-nephew. In Provence, 1970, he captures this seminal season, set against a stunning backdrop in cinematic scope--complete with gossip, drama, and contemporary relevance.
Publisher: New York : Clarkson Potter/Publishers, [2013]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780770433314
9780307718341
0307718344
Characteristics: 309 pages ; 22 cm
Call Number: 641.597309 BAR

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andrea_m
Sep 06, 2015

I found myself skimming large parts of this. Some bits were interesting (the Fisher and Olney bits), but as a book it has a bloated quality.

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patcarstensen
Jun 20, 2015

He needs to say "things were changing" less often. The book was disappointing after what I had heard about it.

mikelindq Jun 13, 2014

Well written, it's a fun and interesting account. Fans of Childs' "My Life in France" will find it enjoyable. While a good read, it's utterly devoid of the drama suggested by the publisher's notes. One oddity: Although well-researched and based in large part upon M.F.K. Fischer's journal entries and letters exchanged among the principals, there are frustratingly few actual quoted passages from those resources.

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EmilyEm
Mar 16, 2014

M.F.K. Fisher?s nephew writes a tribute to five giants of the world of food?the legendary editor Judith Jones is also included?at what he sees as a seminal moment in America?s changing tastes. It?s well-documented and based on collections of these writers? journals and correspondence.

I think the author pushed his notion about this moment in time a bit far although he did have some people still living to interview. But, as someone who was a budding foodie at this time I can attest to their influence on me as their books graced my shelves-and in some cases, still do. Interesting if don?t take too seriously!

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