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Coming to my senses : the making of a counterculture cook

Author: Alice Waters
Publisher: [Richmond, Victoria] : Hardie Grant Books, 2017.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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. Fuelled in equal parts by naiveté and a relentless pursuit of beauty and pure flavour, Alice transformed our relationship with food, fine dining and what it means to eat well.In Coming to My Senses, Alice reflects on the desultory  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
(OCoLC)995040715
Named Person: Alice Waters; Alice Waters
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Alice Waters
ISBN: 9781743585139 1743585136
OCLC Number: 1004424942
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Intro; Title Page; Table of Contents; Preface; 1. Natural History; 2. Mother and Dad; 3. Queen of the Garden; 4. When the Tide Rushes In; 5. From the Beach to Berkeley; 6. C'est si bon!; 7. Politics Is Personal; 8. Summers of Love; 9. Learning by Doing; 10. Food and Film; 11. Terroir; 12. Pagnol; 13. Opening Night; Afterword La famille Panisse; Acknowledgments; Copyright Page
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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. Fuelled in equal parts by naiveté and a relentless pursuit of beauty and pure flavour, Alice transformed our relationship with food, fine dining and what it means to eat well.In Coming to My Senses, Alice reflects on the desultory road that brought her to 1517 Shattuck Avenue, 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 epicentre of Northern California's burgeoning counterculture in the late 1960s. There, drawn into the throes of tumultuous political and personal 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, Coming to My Senses 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.

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