Chez Panisse opened its doors in 1971. Founded by Alice Waters, the restaurant is rooted in her conviction that the best-tasting food is organic, locally grown, and harvested in ecologically sound ways by people who are taking care of the land for future generations. The quest for such ingredients has always determined the restaurant’s cuisine, and, over the course of forty years, Chez Panisse has helped create a community of local farmers and ranchers whose dedication to sustainable agriculture assures the restaurant a steady supply of fresh and pure ingredients.
In Forty Years of Chez Panisse: The Power of Gathering, Alice takes readers on her journey from the humble and visionary beginnings of the restaurant, through its rise and the acclaim, to the Café and the influential Chez Panisse Foundation. Organized by decade, the book includes a wealth of archival material and photographs—menus; invitations; pictures of Alice at the restaurant and around the world, with those who have passed through her life—and interviews from public figures and cooks who have been inspired by or mentored at the restaurant.
This tribute to the delicious food revolution that began with Alice Waters and Chez Panisse is an important work for anyone who cares about food, sustainability, and the powerful legacy that Alice has built.
About the Author
In his three decades behind the stove, David Tanis has overseen kitchens in Santa Fe and Paris and throughout the San Francisco Bay area, mostly notable at Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California, where he was a chef for nearly 20 years. His writing has appeared in "The" "Wall Street Journal" and "Fine Cooking "magazine and he currently writes the weekly City Kitchen column for "The New York Times." Tanis's "A Platter of Figs and Other Recipes" was chosen as one of the 50 best cookbooks ever written by "The Guardian/Observer" (UK), and his "Heart of the Artichoke and Other Kitchen" "Journeys"" "was" "nominated for a James Beard Award. His newest book is One Good Dish.
Michael Pollan is the author of seven books: "Second Nature", "A Place of My Own", "The Botany of Desire", which received the Borders Original Voices Award for the best nonfiction work of 2001 and was recognized as a best book of the year by the American Booksellers Association and Amazon, and the national bestellers, Food Rules, "The Omnivore's Dilemma", and "In Defense of Food." He lives in Berkeley, California.
A longtime contributing writer to "The New York Times Magazine", Pollan is also the Knight Professor of Journalism at UC Berkeley. His writing on food and agriculture has won numerous awards, including the Reuters/World Conservation Union Global Award in Environmental Journalism, the James Beard Award, and the Genesis Award from the American Humane Association.
CALVIN TRILLIN has been a staff writer for the "New Yorker" since 1963. He is the author of numerous books, including "About Alice, Deadline Poet, Family Man, American Stories, Killings, Uncivil Liberties", and "Remembering Denny", a "New York Times" bestseller. He lives in New York and eats heartily whenever he travels.