The Art of Simple Food: Notes, Lessons, and Recipes from a Delicious Revolution: A Cookbook (Hardcover)

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Any Bay Area foodie worth their salt has heard the name “Chez Panisse” at least once before. Even though the restaurants’ days of glorious novelty are past, Alice Waters, Chez Panisse, and the movement her cooking started, remain a culinary landmark. The Art of Simple Food brings her genius into focus, through recipes that make the most out of the freshest, most local ingredients available. But do not be fooled: more than salads await the home cook in this book! And so if you’re looking for a taste of the original Northern Californian cuisine, this is book you’re looking for! -Maura

— Maura


An indispensable resource for home cooks from the woman who changed the way Americans think about food. 

Perhaps more responsible than anyone for the revolution in the way we eat, cook, and think about food, Alice Waters has “single-handedly chang[ed] the American palate” according to the New York Times. Her simple but inventive dishes focus on a passion for flavor and a reverence for locally produced, seasonal foods.

With an essential repertoire of timeless, approachable recipes chosen to enhance and showcase great ingredients, The Art of Simple Food is an indispensable resource for home cooks. Here you will find Alice’s philosophy on everything from stocking your kitchen, to mastering fundamentals and preparing delicious, seasonal inspired meals all year long. Always true to her philosophy that a perfect meal is one that’s balanced in texture, color, and flavor, Waters helps us embrace the seasons’ bounty and make the best choices when selecting ingredients. Fill your market basket with pristine produce, healthful grains, and responsibly raised meat, poultry, and seafood, then embark on a voyage of culinary rediscovery that reminds us that the most gratifying dish is often the least complex.

About the Author

ALICE WATERS is the executive chef, founder, and owner of Chez Panisse Restaurant and Café in Berkely, California. She founded the Edible Schoolyard and has received the French Legion of Honor, WSJ Magazine Humanitarian Innovator Award, and three James Beard Awards. Alice is Vice President of Slow Food International and the author of thirteen books. Her most recent books are My PantryThe Art of Simple Food II40 Years of Chez Panisse, and In the Green Kitchen. She lives in Berkeley, California.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780307336798
ISBN-10: 0307336794
Publisher: Clarkson Potter
Publication Date: October 2nd, 2007
Pages: 416
Language: English