Born in 1908, Mary Frances Kennedy moved with her family from Michigan to southern California in 1911. Her first marriage brought her to France where she became known as M.F.K. Fisher. Fisher is celebrated for her compelling literary works on the culinary arts, the sociology of food, and life as an independent woman. She traveled back and forth between France and the U.S., eventually returning to California in the 1940s. For a short stint, she worked under contract as a screenwriter in Hollywood. By that time, she had written one of her most well-known books, “How to Cook a Wolf.”
In 1955, she bought a home in St. Helena, California. She then moved on to Glen Ellen in 1970 where she built “Last House,” a home erected on land that is now the Bouverie Preserve. The property is permanently protected by Audubon Canyon Ranch, a Marin and Sonoma County environmental organization. Her last book, a memoir, was published in 1991 and was also titled “Last House.” M.F.K. Fisher died in 1992.