202 Irwin Avenue was the birthplace of the famous American Food writer Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher. Fisher has been called the greatest food writer of our time, and is the author of 17 books, including How to Cook a Wolf, and Consider the Oyster.Mary was born in Albion on Friday July 3, 1908. Her father, Rex Kennedy, served as editor of the Albion Recorder from 1904 until 1910.
Hose at 202 Irwin Avenue where famed American Food writer Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher was born.
Source: Frank Passic. A Pictorial History of Albion, Michigan; From the Archives of the Albion Historical Society. Dallas, Texas: Curtis Media Corporation. 1991.
Mary Francis Kennedy was born in Albion to Rex and Edith Kennedy on July 3, 1908, delivered at home by “Doc” George Hafford. Her father was the editor of the Albion Evening Recorder from 1904 to 1910, when the family moved from Albion to Whittier, California.
M.F.K. Fisher, as she became known, published more than 25 books and compilations of writings, including Serve It Forth, How to Cook a Wolf and An Alphabet for Gourmets. Her work often appeared in “The New Yorker” magazine.
Mary was a no-nonsense, acerbic, witty and graceful woman who lived for twenty years in a cottage in California’s Sonoma Valley. Craig Claiborne once wrote, “She was simply the finest writer on food, but she wasn’t only a writer on food. She was a great essayist, and her translation of the “Physiology of Taste’ by Brillat-Savarin was a great contribution .”
Through the years M.F.K. kept in touch with her parents’ Albion friends, particularly Philetus and Cora Church. In a letter to a local historian, she wrote “I have nothing but good memories of the town where I was born.” Her book To Begin Again mentions her early life in Albion.
Towards the end of her life she suffered from Parkinson’s disease and arthritis, but she continued to be saucy. A sign at her home said, “Trespassers will be violated.” She died in 1992, leaving two daughters and four grandchildren.
Sources: Files of Albion Recorder, Battle Creek Enquirer, Morning Star, in Albion Public Library, Local History Room
From: Albion AAUW. Some Notable Women of the Albion Area. Albion, Michigan: American Association of University Women. 1998.