We love it when authors drop in! Today Luke Barr, author of Provence, 1970: M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, James Beard, and the Reinvention of American Taste, stopped by our main branch to sign copies of his book, which has been a big hit this holiday season. Luke Barr

Provence, 1970 has received rave reviews from all over, including starred reviews from both Booklist and Publishers Weekly, and it is currently on our University Bookstore bestsellers list.


Not familiar with the book? Library Journal reviewer Neal Wyatt has this to say: “In a clear, flowing, and graceful style, Barr, the great-nephew of Mary Frances Kennedy (M.F.K.) Fisher (1908–92), tells the story of a remarkable culinary convergence. In the fall and winter of 1970, food writers James Beard (1908–85), Julia Child (1912–2004), and Fisher found themselves in roughly the same area of France. In ways that sometimes overlapped but just as often diverged, each of the chefs came to question long-held beliefs about the superiority of French cuisine and the possibilities for a new American food revolution.[…] This small gem of a book is a fascinating delight.”

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