Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook

by Waters, Alice (Author)

ISBN: 9780307718297

Now in paperback, the New York Times bestselling and critically acclaimed memoir from Alice Waters, the woman who started the food revolution.

When Alice Waters opened the doors of her little French restaurant in Berkeley, California, in 1971 at the age of twenty-seven, no one ever anticipated the indelible mark it would leave on the culinary landscape-Alice least of all. Fueled in equal parts by naivete and a relentless pursuit of beauty and pure flavor, she turned her passion project into an iconic institution that redefined American cuisine for generations of chefs and food lovers. In Coming to My Senses Alice retraces the circuitous path that led her to 1517 Shattuck Avenue and the tumultuous times that emboldened her to find her own voice as a cook when the prevailing food culture was embracing convenience and uniformity. Moving from a repressive suburban upbringing to Berkeley in 1964 at the height of the Free Speech Movement and campus unrest, she was drawn into a bohemian circle of charismatic (mostly male) figures whose views on design, politics, film, and food would ultimately inform the unique culture on which Chez Panisse was founded. Dotted with stories, recipes, photographs, and letters, Coming to My Senses is at once deeply personal and modestly understated, a quietly revealing look at one woman's evolution from a rebellious yet impressionable follower to a respected activist who effects social and political change on a global level through the common bond of food.

Format: Paperback, 320 pages

Publisher: Clarkson Potter, May 2018

Product Dimensions: 8 L × 5.2 W × 0 H

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