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Dining, SFoodie The Gastronomical Her

The Gastronomical Her

An Extravagant Hunger Where: San Francisco Public Library, Latino/Hispanic Meeting Room A and B, 100 Larkin (at Hyde), 557-4400 When: Tonight, Mar. 9, 6:30-8 p.m. Cost: Free The rundown: Because her food writing interweaves so seamlessly with her inner thoughts…
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Culture, Books M.F.K. Fisher Still Queen of the Foodies

M.F.K. Fisher Still Queen of the Foodies

San Francisco writer Anne Zimmerman's new book is not the first biography of Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher, and we may safely assume it will not be the last. But one of the many joys of An Extravagant Hunger is how…
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Dining, Eat Mercury Lounge presents tasty pan-Asian fare before bringing the noise

Mercury Lounge presents tasty pan-Asian fare before bringing the noise

M.F.K. Fisher once said never to eat dinner in a room with a dance band. Since din with dinner is not our preference, we've tended to avoid places that tout music and live DJs. But a tip from a friend…
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Dining, SFoodie The Book Club of California's Delicious Obsession: M.F.K. Fisher

The Book Club of California's Delicious Obsession: M.F.K. Fisher

“Sharing food with another human being is an intimate act that should not be indulged in lightly.” — M.F.K. Fisher (1908-1992) July 3 marked what would have been the 100th birthday of M.F.K. Fisher, the late godmother of culinary…
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Calendar, Night&Day Making Eating an Art

Making Eating an Art

John Updike called her “the poet of the appetites.” W.H. Auden said, “I do not know of anyone in the United States who writes better prose.” And yet Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher, who published more than 20 books from 1937…
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Meatpaper -- It's What's For Dinner!

I’m not going to do much more than link to today’s NY Times article about Meatpaper , because it sounds so much like my cup of chai that I’m going to dash out and see if I can find both…
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Dining, Eat One-Man Band

One-Man Band

Since a wall of the tiny restaurant Canteen boasts shelves of carefully selected books (not just randomly bought by the yard as decor, but books you might actually want to pull down and read: Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence,…
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Dining, Eat Soothe Sayer

Soothe Sayer

There was a brief flurry in the media a couple of weeks ago about a comfort food survey authored by a Cornell University professor. It was based on what seemed like a relatively small number of participants (277); still, hordes…
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Dining, Eat Feckless Eating

Feckless Eating

When I read R.W. Apple's description of himself in the foreword to his new book, Apple's America, as "never a feckless eater," it was in reference to his "four decades crisscrossing the continent in professional pursuit of politicians ... …
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Dining, Eat Reconsider the Oyster

Reconsider the Oyster

"I'm thinking about doing a piece on oyster bars," I said idly to Jeff over the phone. "Wait for me!" he commanded, and I was willing, because he and his friend John were coming to the Bay Area in just…
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Dining, Eat The Way We Eat Now

The Way We Eat Now

I used to wish I'd been invited to a banquet M.F.K. Fisher wrote about, typical of the Victorian era (indeed, one served to Queen Victoria herself): "... two services -- the first consisting of four soups; four different hors d'oeuvres…
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Dining, Eat Take Me to the Casbah

Take Me to the Casbah

I knew I would be hoist with my own petard when I wrote last week that the décor of a restaurant isn't all that important to me. Just not quite so soon. But the design of Baraka, the new Spanish-Moroccan…
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Dining, Eat Entrez au Jardin

Entrez au Jardin

When a mutual acquaintance suggested at the last minute that I might like to meet with Amanda Hesser during her already-crowded book tour swing through San Francisco promoting Cooking for Mr. Latte: A Food Lover's Courtship, With Recipes (W.W. Norton,…
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Dining, Eat Beginnings and Endings

Beginnings and Endings

For several years I indulged in a hobby both personally enriching and fiscally exorbitant: the creation of elaborate, sit-down ethnic meals. I had gotten hold of the Time-Life Foods of the World series of cookbooks, 27 volumes of national/regional cookery…
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Best of San Francisco, Food & Drink

Best Dessert Menu

There are a few special moments that make life worth living: your wedding day; the birth of your first child; the waiter saying, "Would you like to look at the dessert menu?" Many's the time the carte in question has…
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