Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook by Alice Waters

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When Alice Waters opened the doors of her "little French restaurant" in Berkeley, California in 1971 at the age of 27, 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 events 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 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.



Title : Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook
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ISBN : 030771828X
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 304 pages


Reviews


Brandon rated it ★★★★★

October 10, 2017

I love this woman. This book is exactly what I want to read this week, I started it on a flight from Hawaii and just finished two days later. I swear by her cookbooks, she has changed my life and I got to meet her this year on the flight back from New York City. A GEM. Way to go Alice waters, smal...


Ally rated it ★★☆☆☆

September 29, 2017

I desperately wanted to like this book. I'm a huge fan of Alice Waters, her restaurant Chez Panisse, and the work that she has done with transforming the food culture in American. When the author was growing up, her family ate mostly convenience foods - mashed potato flakes, boxed cake mixes, etc...


Gail rated it ★☆☆☆☆

September 13, 2017

I don't know why I even requested this book from the library. Generally, I'm interested in people who become chefs and what brought them to that vocation. Years ago, I read many books on fascinating chefs that were well written. This book is not one of them. Alice Waters should just stick to cook...


Glenda rated it ★★★★☆

June 28, 2017

I received this book as a goodreads giveaway. Before reading Alice Waters' memoir, I will honestly say I knew very little about this acclaimed restaurateur other than Chez Panisse was ground-breaking and she has been a strong believer of farm-to-table long before it was chic. I loved reading about...


Rebecca rated it ★★★☆☆

September 24, 2017

Well it starts with the pitiful photo on the front and doesn't progress much beyond that. Alice is a remarkable woman especially if you watch the PBS special on American Masters but I didn't get it from the book. She skips around and does tell all in regard to drugs and sex but it is all her earl...


Melissa rated it ★★☆☆☆

October 04, 2017

Very fascinating but it takes place from her birth to Chez Panisse opening in 1971 (some mentions take place past this time). But it doesn't cover the most interesting parts of her life: running a restaurant for 45 years, her marriage, her daughter, Edible Schoolyard. I was disappointed as the la...


Aria rated it ★☆☆☆☆

September 26, 2017

---- Disclosure: I received this book for free from Goodreads. ---- Sadly, I didn't get through the book. I did my best for 3 or 4 days, and finally conceded that I just wasn't going to make it. I'm at somewhat of a loss as to explain why, though. I kept finding myself growing tired, or catching...


Brittany rated it ★★☆☆☆

October 03, 2017

I realllyyyyy wanted this book to be good, because Alice is one of the most import Bay Area icons. The book left me constantly wanting to know more. She glosses over key moments in her life and doesn't really give herself enough credit for what she did in the Bay. It could have used a strong edit...


Ruth rated it ★★☆☆☆

August 13, 2017

I usually like this kind of book, but her writing did nothing for me.


Greg rated it ★★★★☆

October 05, 2017

Alice waters recounts all of the formative influences on her life, and, ultimately, her career as the owner of Chez Panisse. Her story is much more than just the food; it's the connection to the garden, her politics, her European adventures, and, most prominently, the people she met. Waters interw...





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