Simple Food: Molly Reviews Alice Waters

Guest Article by: 
Molly

There is one chef whose cookbooks are among the highest percentage in my home library. Her name is Alice Waters, owner of Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California. Opened in 1971, it has been recognized as the Best Restaurant in America by Gourmet, and Waters herself was named Best Chef in America by the James Beard Foundation. She was the first woman to achieve this recognition.

Known for her passion for organic and locally grown food, Ms. Waters is recognized as one of the foremost authorities and activists for these movements. Michelle Obama's White House organic vegetable garden is a prime example of the reach of Alice influencing others.

I could go on and on about her credentials. Let me go back to why I adore her cookbooks and her knowledge. FANNY IN FRANCE, her newest cookbook, is an illustrated tale about the “Travel Adventures of a Chef's Daughter, with Recipes.” You might be thinking . . .'Kid's book, not for me.' I beg you to think again!

When Alice is writing about “Oeuf Mayonnaise” (egg mayonnaise), she helps the reader, whether novice or experienced in the kitchen, understand the technique and all the questions that the reader starts to have when preparing mayo from scratch. For instance, “What if my eggs are cold?” or “What to do about them if they are cold?” Every little detail is explained so thoroughly you leave knowing the technique and why following every step is essential. It is synonymous to a cooking class, not just a recipe.

The other cookbook I have fallen in love with, although not written by Waters, is strongly influenced by her. A RECIPE FOR COOKING, written by the chef of Chez Panisse, Cal Peternell is beautifully illustrated. Like FANNY IN FRANCE, the recipes are mixed with gorgeous food photography and storytelling galore. The technique explanations are just like Alice wrote them herself. This is an excellent gift for those that frequent the Farmers' Market circuit, as it is broken into sections based on seasonal variety – something I find extremely useful.


Have a favorite food author? Tell me about it. I am all ears, except when it is close to lunch, and the thought of food makes me 'hangry.'

Fanny in France: Travel Adventures of a Chef's Daughter, with Recipes Cover Image
By Alice Waters, Ann Arnold (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780670016662
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - October 25th, 2016

A Recipe for Cooking Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780062427861
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: William Morrow & Company - October 25th, 2016

The Art of Simple Food: Notes, Lessons, and Recipes from a Delicious Revolution Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780307336798
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Clarkson Potter Publishers - October 2nd, 2007

The Art of Simple Food II Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780307718273
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Clarkson Potter Publishers - October 29th, 2013

Chez Panisse Menu Cookbook Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780679758181
Availability: Backordered
Published: Random House - April 18th, 1995

My Pantry: Homemade Ingredients That Make Simple Meals Your Own Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9780804185288
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Clarkson Potter Publishers - September 15th, 2015

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