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Individual Author Record

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.

Published Works

  • Poetry by American Women 1975-1989: A Bibliography , Scarcrow Press, 1990
  • M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, and Alice Waters: Celebrating the Pleasures of the Table, Harmony, 1994
  • Oysters: A Culinary Celebration with 185 Recipes , Lyons Press, 2004
  • Poet of the Appetites: The Lives and Loves of M.F.K. Fisher , North Point Press, 2005
  • M. F. K. Fisher among the Pots and Pans: Celebrating Her Kitchens, University of California Press, 2008

Selected Titles At Your Library

Poetry by American women, 1975-1989 :
ISBN: 0810823667. OCLC Number:

Scarecrow Press,. Metuchen, N.J. :. 1990.

M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, and Alice Waters :
ISBN: 0517577488. OCLC Number:

Harmony Books,. New York :. ©1994.

"M. F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, and Alice Waters celebrates the accomplishments and friendships of three women who changed the way Americans think about food and cooking, dining and pleasure." "In a series of three overlapping biographical portraits, Reardon reveals the private lives behind their public personas. Tracing major developments in their careers and quoting extensively from letters they exchanged, she recounts the times and places at which their lives intersected and shares testimonies of the friendship and respect that grew among them."--Jacket.

Oysters :
ISBN: 1592283519. OCLC Number:

Lyons Press,. Guilford, Conn. :. ©2004.

Poet of the appetites :
ISBN: 0865476217. OCLC Number:

North Point Press,. New York :. 2005, ©2004.

M.F.K. Fisher among the pots and pans :
ISBN: 0520255550. OCLC Number:

University of California Press,. Berkeley :. ©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 id.

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