|Dree Hemingway, Ernest's Great-granddaughter, modeling for Vogue Nippon|
Here's what Wikipedia has to say on MF's title "The title was suggested by Hemingway's friend A.E. Hotchner, author of the biography, Papa Hemingway. He remembered they had a conversation about the city during Hotchner's first visits there: "If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast"
Hemingway describes this early writing period as a halycon decade, punctuated by parties, aperatifs, and the occasional summer vacation. His tone is wistful. His marriage to first wife Hadley was still intact and he remained unencumbered by the shackles of success (stress is always relative). Reading A Moveable Feast is a little like listening to a fashion publicist reminiscing about the time her JV fieldhockey team won the New England Regionals albeit more eloquently. At it's heart, MF is a misty-eyed account of what Hemingway obviously considers to be his rosy youth. Made relevant by what this literary great accomplished in said rosy youth.
PS: Hemingway actually first came to Paris in part because America had just entered its prohibition era. I.e we have the renowned debauchery of Paris and the potent lure of whiskey to thank for both A Moveable Feast and The Sun Also Rises. I'll drink to that. And you best make it a Mojito, one of Hemingway's fave drinks.
Mojito Recipe from Hemingway & Bailey's Bartending Guide
6 fresh mint sprigs
1 oz. lime juice
3/4 oz. simple syrup
2 oz. light rum
Crush 5 mint sprigs into the bottom of a chilled highball glass. Pour in lime juice, simple syrup, and rum. Fill glass with crushed ice. Garnish with lime wedge and remaining mint sprig. Sometimes a splash of club soda is added.