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General Information

Name:  Joan Reardon  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1930 in Chicago, Illinois

-- Joan Reardon on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Joan Reardon now lives in Lake Forest, Illinois

Biographical and Professional Information

Joan Reardon is a culinary historian, cookbook author, and biographer. Joan has a PhD in English literature, won an IACP Award for culinary writing, publishes and edits a quarterly newsletter for Les Dames d’Escoffier Chicago, and serves on the advisory board of Gastronomica magazine.

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Titles At Your Library

Poetry by American Women 1975-1989: A Bibliography
ISBN: 0810823667

Scarecrow Press. 1990

Poetry by American women has been neglected by critics as well as publishers. Thus, this bibliography is a significant contribution to American literary history. Highly recommended.

M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, and Alice Waters: Celebrating the Pleasures of the Table
ISBN: 0517577488

Crown. 1994

A portrait of three women--the late M. F. K. Fisher, author of The Art of Eating television chef Julia Child and Alice Waters, proprietor of Chez Panisse--discusses their extraordinary influence on the way in which Americans experience food. 10,000 first printing.

Oysters: A Culinary Celebration with 185 Recipes
ISBN: 1592283519

The Lyons Press. 2004

185 delectable recipes, and every elusive fact and helpful hint about oysters.

Poet of the Appetites: The Lives and Loves of M.F.K. Fisher
ISBN: 0865476217

North Point Press. 2005

In more than thirty books, M.F.K. Fisher forever changed the way Americans understood not only the art of eating but the art of living. Whether considering the oyster or describing how to cook a wolf, she addressed the universal needs "for food and security and love." Readers were instantly drawn into her circle of husbands and lovers, artists and artisans they felt they knew Fisher herself, whether they encountered her as a child with a fried-egg sandwich in her pocket, a young bride awakening to the glories of French food, or a seductress proffering the first peas of the season.

Oldest child, wife, mother, mistress, self-made career woman, trailblazing writer-Fisher served up each role with panache. But like many other master stylists, she was also a master mythologizer. To retell her story as it really happened, Joan Reardon has made the most of her access to Fisher, her family and friends, and her private papers. This multifaceted portrayal of the woman John Updike christened our "poet of the appetites" is no less memorable than the personae Fisher crafted for herself.

M. F. K. Fisher among the Pots and Pans: Celebrating Her Kitchens (California Studies in Food and Culture)
ISBN: 0520255550

University of California Press. 2008

From her very first book, Serve It Forth, M.F.K. Fisher wrote about her ideal kitchen. In her subsequent publications, she revisited the many kitchens she had known and the foods she savored in them to express her ideas about the art of eating. M.F.K. Fisher among the Pots and Pans, interspersed with recipes and richly illustrated with original watercolors, is a retrospective of Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher's life as it unfolded in those homey settings—from Fisher's childhood in Whittier, California, to the kitchens of Dijon, where she developed her taste for French foods and wines from the idyllic kitchen at Le Paquis to the isolation of her home in Hemet, California and finally to her last days in the Napa and Sonoma Valleys. M.F.K. Fisher was a solitary cook who interpreted the scenario of a meal in her own way, and M.F.K. Fisher among the Pots and Pans provides a deeply personal glimpse of a woman who continues to mystify even as she commands our attention.

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