And to Think it all Started with a French Cookbook: Forty Years of Chez Panisse

Alice Waters often said that Elizabeth David’s  French Provincial Cooking started the whole thing, meaning Chez Panisse the restaurant. And of course, the ensuing local foods movement. The following excerpt comes from a review I wrote, published today on the Web site of The New York Journal of Books: The many talented cooks and chefs she … More And to Think it all Started with a French Cookbook: Forty Years of Chez Panisse

Uber-Chef Alice Waters Comes To Washington: Inauguration Week’s Best Dinner

Alice Waters deserves more main-stream press recognition. Follow the link to see the detail about Alice’s Restaurant (!) taking shape in Washington DC, where $500 gets you the best meal in town. (Note that $350 of that lump sum will end up in the coffers of local soup kitchens, and rightly so.) Aided by a … More Uber-Chef Alice Waters Comes To Washington: Inauguration Week’s Best Dinner

Alice Waters: The Woman Behind the Throne? (Or, Um, The Push for White House Chef)

Alice Waters. Chef. Restaurateur. Cookbook author. Agricultural activist. Now add political activist to the list, too. Stir well. See what cooks up. Since 1971, Ms. Waters has overseen the stove and tables at her celebrated and innovative Berkeley, California restaurant, Chez Panisse. She’s the force behind the Edible Schoolyard program that “demonstrates the transformative power … More Alice Waters: The Woman Behind the Throne? (Or, Um, The Push for White House Chef)