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Piccolo: M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, and Alice Waters: Celebrating the Pleasures of the Table, by Joan Reardon, Four

March 27, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Pleasures of the Table, in Picolo

For this (fourth) Piccolo we’re reading M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, and Alice Waters: Celebrating the Pleasures of the Table, by Joan Reardon, Chapter 5, Bon Appétit (pp. 151 – 201).

The chapter starts: “The French Chef series, which debuted on Boston’s public television station, WGBH, on February 11, 1963, was not only the validation of Julia’s professional career, but also the beginning of a future of fun, friens and fabulous good fortune* …”

*Some of up have been reading Success and Luck – Good Fortune and the Myth of Meritocracy, by Robert H. Frank, about the importance of luck in economic success…

For information on Julia Child’s lie and achievents consult the website of the Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts.

Our Piccolo is a quick, short, Book Group meeting at a local coffee house on Mondays, 11am – noon. This time we’re meeting at Acre Coffee in Montgomery Village, Santa Rosa.

The selections are from light, chatty, gossipy storytelling.

No need to RSVP. Just drop by for a piccolo.


Library Journal about M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, and Alice Waters: Celebrating the Pleasures of the Table

Reardon (Oysters, LJ 10/15/84), whose articles have been published in the Los Angeles Times and Christian Science Monitor, serves up a savory biographical repast about three women who revolutioned the culinary arts in America. Breaking the traditional mold of describing food merely in terms of process and presentation, each brought forth unbridled artistic aspects previously unknown to the culinary scene.

The author recounts how M.F.K. Fisher’s culinary writings have reminded readers that food is not only a necessity but an art. She reveals how Julia Child, the grande dame of televised cookery, cultivated a renewed interest in French cuisine and gourmet foods for many Americans and how Alice Waters popularized the traditions of California cookery from her Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkeley, California, with her emphasis on fresh, locally grown, and seasonal ingredients. Reardon discusses mutual friendships and parallels in the lives of these three women. She emphasizes that, with roots in California and strong influences from France, each has instilled a new artistic spirit in American cookery. Recommended for general readers.
Michael A. Lutes, Univ. of Notre Dame Lib., Ind.

Bibliographic Description of Celebrating the Pleasures of the Table

Author Reardon, Joan, 1930-
Title M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, and Alice Waters : celebrating the pleasures of the table / Joan Reardon.
Imprint New York : Harmony Books, c1994.
Edition 1st ed.

Descript xvi, 302 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
Contents James Beard — Simone (Simca) Beck — Elizabeth David — Lindsey Shere — Julia Child.
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 293-297) and index.
Subject Fisher, M. F. K. (Mary Frances Kennedy), 1908-1992.
Child, Julia.
Waters, Alice.
Cooks — United States — Biography.
Food writers — United States — Biography.
Alt Title MFK Fisher, Julia Child, and Alice Waters.
Celebrating the pleasures of the table.
LC CARD # 94008650
ISBN 0517577488


March 27, 2017
11:00 am - 12:00 pm


Slow Food Russian River Book Group


Acre Coffee @ Montgomery Village Shopping Center
Montgomery Village Shopping Center, 2365 Midway Drive
Santa Rosa, CA 95405 United States
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