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40 Years of Chez Panisse: The Power of Gathering Hardcover – August 23, 2011
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Alice has modeled "The Power of Gathering" for 40 years.
Her celebration of milestones on this journey are captivating.
This book makes you want to mark the special moments in the passions you pursue. Don't let time click by, take the time to stop, invite the people who have shared in your work, and celebrate together your contributions to make an impact in the world.
Alice models celebrating what you do in life, with the ones you do life with.
Special to the Los Angeles Times
September 1, 2011
It was an obscure, dingy, two-story apartment building, converted from an old house, in an ignored part of Berkeley. Not expensive to buy. It had good bones. I tore it down to the studs and started to rebuild.
I was pretty much on my own, since Alice Waters, my 50-50 partner, was busy at her job at the Montessori school. Our backers, Berkeley lawyers, a special breed, had promised to be our partners, but a few weeks into the reconstruction they decided to pull out of the deal. That hurt us badly, since they had been our construction funding source.
Panicked, Alice and I scraped and begged for cash and managed to cobble together enough to keep going, as long as we did most of the work on an excruciatingly limited budget. We took loans of $300 or $400 from everyone we could, plus help from our families.
Maybe we would have had an easier time if we had been able to explain to them that 40 years on, this little place we were calling Chez Panisse would be regarded as one of the most important restaurants in the history of American dining. But even in Berkeley in the 1970s, that would have been a stretch. Still, this month, while most of the food world fetes the restaurant, it's good to remember that its birth was far from painless.
I got involved in the restaurant because I had been dinner-party friends with Alice and her then-boyfriend, Tom Luddy. They asked me to join them as a partner and run the kitchen because, although Alice had a lot of ideas about food, she had never worked in a restaurant. Nor had I, but I was a talented amateur cook, giving large dinner parties for my academic colleagues, and relatively fearless about new ventures.Read more ›
thing with the new MIETTE baking book. received notice AFTER receiving the long anticipated book that the measurements were wrong. regardless, it is a beautifully designed book. one just wishes they could proof read.
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I chose this book because the seller listed it as "very good" slight wear, tight binding. This was obviously a former library book. Read morePublished on April 10, 2014 by Sandrine Durand
This was a book club selection and it seems a rather odd one, since it's more a browsing book than a reading book, but having lived in Berkeley when Alice Waters was first starting... Read morePublished on March 25, 2014 by Beverly A. Sykes
... I hope to go there one day ... in the meantime I can dream of Alice Waters' magical place and how much she has inspired cooking near and far ... Read morePublished on January 12, 2013 by Ina Braun