Among Friends

by M. F. K. Fisher

Paper Book, 1971




San Francisco : North Point Press, 1983, c1971.


In this poetic, sensitive memoir, M. F. K. Fisher traces her life from birth through childhood into adulthood through memories of her loving family and their lives as outsiders in the Quaker community of Whittier, California. Recalling the people, passions, sounds, and scents of her childhood, with its kindnesses and quiet cruelties, Fisher also portrays her developing interests in literature, food, and cooking. Elegantly and invitingly written, Among Friends demonstrates the writer's belief that every lesson, every lecture listened to, must be interpreted into a personal dialect of human language, and that is what I keep trying to do.

User reviews

LibraryThing member AlexTheHunn
Personal memoirs of Fisher as she grew up in a non-Quaker family amid exclusively Quaker community. Known for her writings on cooking, this peek into her personal history makes fascinating reading.
LibraryThing member cindywho
I hadn't read any MFK for a while and though I don't always like memoirs, this one was a fascinating window into a decade of nearly a century ago. She describes her childhood memories well with interesting portraits of the people around her in 1910s Whittier, California. It's dated, but interesting.


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