On this week’s episode of Eat Your Words, Cathy welcomes guest Ashley Warlick, author of The Arrangement. The new book is a work of historical fiction about legendary food writer M.F.K. Fisher, who John Updike referred to a “poet of the appetites.” In Raymond Sokolov’s 1982 review of Fisher’s As They Were, he wrote: “In a properly run culture, Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher would be recognized as one of the great writers this country has produced in this century.” Through writing The Arrangement, Warlick hopes to introduce a new audience to the hungry, sensual, stubborn character who was M.F.K. Fisher.

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“Anybody who spends that amount of time on a personal, sensory experience is somebody who’s going to be really interesting in other sensory experiences, I think. I could really learn a great deal about her from reading her food writing.” [8:00] – Ashley Warlick