|Alice Waters cooks up a food revolution|
Author: Stanley, Diane
The delicious story of pioneering chef Alice Waters who changed the way America eats and kickstarted the organic food movement. A pioneer of the slow and organic food movements, she is also known for creating Edible Schoolyard, a project that involves kids in the growing of their own food.
Kirkus Reviews (12/15/21)
Booklist (+) (12/15/21)
The Hornbook (00/03/22)
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Booklist - 12/15/2021 *Starred Review* Childhood memories of eating strawberries picked in her backyard and summer dinners with produce from her family’s garden, combined with a college year spent studying in France, inspired Alice Waters’ desire to eat fresh, flavorful food. Teaching herself cooking by reading cookbooks and watching Julia Child’s TV show, she made dinners for friends in college. Later, she opened Chez Panisse, a restaurant dedicated to serving fresh, organic, local food from small farms. Initially staffed with friends, the restaurant became famous, and Waters became an influential voice in the growing conversation about what is lost when a society chooses heavily processed food and the interests of agribusiness over the benefits of food grown locally using traditional farming methods. Stanley’s informative narrative reads aloud beautifully, changing its cadence at times for dramatic effect. She connects readers with significant memories of Waters’ childhood and college years, before showing how those experiences led to her path in adulthood. Hartland contributes a series of spirited gouache paintings, including paired scenes contrasting young Alice at the family dinner table in summer, enjoying an abundance of fresh fish, fruits, and vegetables, and in fall, grimly facing an accumulation of canned and frozen “convenience” foods. A lively picture-book biography of an influential woman. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.