Fisher, M.F.K.

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Fisher, M.F.K. Gender: F
Fisher, Mary Frances Kennedy
born on 3 July 1908 at 23:57 (= 11:57 PM )
Place Albion (Calhoun County), Michigan, 42n15, 84w45
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Rodden
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American writer with a career of over 60 years in which she wrote hundreds of stories for the New Yorker as well as 15 books of essays and reminiscences, a translation, a novel, a screenplay, a book for children and dozens of travelogues. She wrote about food as a cultural metaphor, such books as "How To Cook a Wolf," "The Gastronomical Me," and "With Bold Knife and Fork."

The eldest of four kids, she was raised in Whittier, CA where her dad owned a newspaper. She learned to cook at home, where she also wrote continuously.

Her career fell roughly into three phases. In the late 1930s and through the '40s, she published nine books. A dry spell followed of about a decade, during which her energies were absorbed by a complex family life. The depression that she endured through this period was coincident with the dissolution of her third marriage and the death of her mother. She moved back to Whittier to care for her ailing father and raise her two girls on her own. Then she entered two highly productive decades with over a dozen books. Her resilience, her accumulation of experience and her ever-expanding self-knowledge become profoundly moving as she aged.

In 1929 she married Alfred Fisher and moved to Dijon, France. Her first book, "Serve It Forth," was published in 1937. She divorced Fisher that year and married painter Dillwyn Parrish; she was widowed four years later. Fisher then married literary agent Donald Friede in 1945 for two years. She lived in California, Switzerland and France, weathered three marriages and raised two daughters. She always said that her elder daughter, Anna, was adopted; in actuality, she had been born out of wedlock. Having and keeping an illegitimate child required conviction and courage at that time.

In 1952 she settled in the California vineyard country. In later years, her work became even more remarkable as she began losing her sight and her voice and was handicapped with arthritis and Parkinson's Disease. She died 6/22/1992, Glen Ellen, CA, considered by critics as one of the great American writers of her century.

Link to Wikipedia biography



  • Relationship : Marriage 1929 (Alfred Fisher)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1937 (First book published)
  • Relationship : Divorce dates 1937 (Alfred Fisher)
  • Relationship : Marriage 1945 (Donald Friede, two years)
  • Family : Change residence 1952 (Last move to CA.)

Source Notes

News clippings in hand, "I began in Albion, Michigan, and was born there in a heat wave. I leapt forth only a few minutes before midnight in a supreme effort from my mother, whose husband had assured her that I would be named Independence if I arrived on the 4th."

Biography: Barr, Moran and Moran, "M.F.K. Fisher, a Life in Letters," Counterpoint Press

Biography: Dominique Giola, "A Welcoming Life, The M.F.K. Fisher Scrapbook," Counterpoint Press


  • Traits : Body : Voice/Speech (Lost voice with age)
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Arthritis (In later years)
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Parkinson's (In later years)
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Eyes (Sight diminished when old)
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Depression (Dry spell and period of depression)
  • Family : Childhood : Order of birth (First of four)
  • Family : Relationship : Marriage less than 3 Yrs (Third marriage two years)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Divorces (Two)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Three)
  • Family : Relationship : Widowed
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Two daughters)
  • Lifestyle : Home : Expatriate (Lived in U.S., France and Switzerland)
  • Lifestyle : Home : Many moves
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 83)
  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction
  • Vocation : Writers : Playwright/ script (Screenplay)
  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction (Travelogues, food)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession
  • Notable : Book Collection : Profiles Of Women