Monday, March 17, 2008

Most important books: Alice Waters

Alice Waters is the founder of Chez Panisse and author or co-author of several books, including Chez Panisse Vegetables, Chez Panisse Cafe Cookbook, Fanny at Chez Panisse, a storybook and cookbook for children, and most recently, The Art of Simple Food.

Chez Panisse restaurant was named Best Restaurant in America by Gourmet magazine in 2001. Alice has received numerous awards, including the Bon Appetit magazine's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000 and the James Beard Humanitarian Award in 1997. She was named Best Chef in America by the James Beard Foundation in 1992 and Cuisine et Vins de France listed her as one of the ten best chefs in the world in 1986.

She told Newsweek about her five most important books. One title to make the list:
Second Nature by Michael Pollan.

A funny, wonderful teacher who takes your hand and introduces you to Mother Nature.
Read more about Alice Waters' most important books.

--Marshal Zeringue