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By M. F. K. Fisher

For MFK Fisher, one in every of America's most-read and best-loved nutrition writers, wine used to be a fondness nurtured in the course of her time in France and, later, California. This anthology, edited through acclaimed biographer Anne Zimmerman (An Extravagant starvation: The Passionate Years of M.F.K. Fisher), is the 1st ever to assemble Fisher's best writings on wine. In gleaming prose, Fisher reminisces approximately excellent foodstuff loved and beverages savored; describes the various memorable eating places that welcomed or even proficient her; discuses rosés, sherry, chilled whites, and cocktails; and escorts readers from Dijon to Sonoma. Open a bottle, open the ebook, and linger over the very best wine writing ever performed.

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