M.F.K. Fisher on Bread and Hunger

M.F.K. Fisher on Bread and Hunger

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Faith Durand
Sep 30, 2009

"...probably there is no chiropractic treatment, no Yoga exercise, no hour of meditation in a music-throbbing chapel, that will leave you emptier of bad thoughts than this homely ceremony of making bread."

Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher was not only one of the greatest food writers who ever lived — she was a great writer, period. In this short clip from a film about her, you can hear her speak of why she chose to go by M.F.K. instead of Mary Frances, and you hear snippets from her books. She spoke so eloquently of hunger, both for food and for other things, and she draws hunger into a profound metaphor for much of the rest of life.

She is well worth reading, and this brief clip communicates something of the feel of her vigorous mind and beautiful writing.

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