Coming to My Senses

Coming to My Senses

The Making of A Counterculture Cook

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"It has been four and a half decades since Alice Waters opened the doors of Chez Panisse, the 'little French restaurant' in Berkeley, California, that has been at the leading edge of the American culinary revolution ever since. Fueled in equal parts by naïveté and a relentless pursuit of beauty and pure flavor, Alice transformed our relationship with food, fine dining, and what it means to eat well. In [this book], Alice reflects on the desultory road that brought her to 1517 Shattuck Ave., culminating in the opening of that iconic establishment in 1971. Recalling for the first time in her own words the people, places, times, and meals that have touched her life, she paints an indelible portrait of the young woman from suburban New Jersey whose formative sojourn in Europe ultimately led her to the epicenter of Northern California's burgeoning counterculture in the late 1960s. There, drawn into the throes of tumultuous personal and political events, she refined her personal aesthetic, never faltering in her pursuit of the exquisite, the exceptional, the right taste. Interspersed with reflections on the doors that have opened since Chez Panisse changed the trajectory of her life and American food culture, [this book] shows the quiet determination and reckless enthusiasm that inspire Alice's activism, advocacy, and creativity. At once deeply personal and modestly understated, this coming-of-age story offers a never-before-seen look at the makings of a rebel who quietly redefined the way generations of chefs and food lovers think about food, one salad at a time."--Jacket.
Publisher: New York : Clarkson Potter/Publishers, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780307718280
Characteristics: xi, 306 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Call Number: B WATERS, A


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Aug 27, 2018

Entertaining quick read about how the great Alice Waters came to open Chez Panisse without any training as a restaurant chef.

Nov 04, 2017

An enjoyable and inspiring memoir by one of our pioneering chefs in organic cooking. I felt like I was an invited friend along for a ride down memory lane. Compliments to Chef Waters!

Sep 27, 2017

An excellent read. Takes you back to the late 1960’s and early 1970’s and how Waters’ epiphany of good home style French cuisine brings her to the slow food movement and commitment to cooking with local and organic ingredients. Part memoir, part social history, and part culinary adventure, this book shows the passing of the torch from Julia Child and Elizabeth David to the next generation culminating with the founding of Chez Panisse. Highly recommend.


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