Sunday, August 30, 2009

Nana's Introduction

"Who is Alice Waters," asks my granddaughter? Although I don't know anything about her personal life, she is my idyll, not because she has a famous restaurant or because she has written many cookbooks, but because of her values and goals. Ms. Waters would like to have every school child understand where food comes from, how it is grown, and how to cook it correctly, and thus enjoy eating it. I appreciate her goal of having gardens used as classrooms and nutritious food served in every school in our country. She is a tireless promoter of those programs and is working with the Obama administration to make them a reality.

About 10 years ago I heard Alice speak at a conference for environmental grantmakers, and I saw her at a party at SFMOMA. She admired my hat (she likes to wear them); I was so flattered that I packed it in a box the next day and sent it to her. She sent a sweet note on Chez Panisse stationery in response. I was thrilled!

So onward with our learning from her and cooking. She (through Simple Food) just taught me what to do with potatoes that have green spots: compost them! Nana

P. S. The photo above was taken on July 29, 2009, the day after Bastille Day, when we ate a delicious dinner at Chez Panisse. I was amused to see the garlic decor on the front of the restaurant, but knew that on the 28th, the diners enjoyed garlic in every course as a tribute to the French.

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