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Alice Waters: Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook
First Congregational Church of Berkeley
Berkeley, CA
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Alice Waters: Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook
KPFA Radio 94.1FM presents

With Steve Wasserman hosted by Kris Welch
Thursday, November 16, 2017
First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA  
Admit one: $15, brownpapertickets.com :: T: 800-838-3006  or Books Inc/Berkeley, Pegasus (3 sites), Moes, Walden Pond Bookstore, East Bay Books, Mrs. Dalloways   $18 door
Benefit: KPFA and The Edible Schoolyard Project   info: kpfa.org/events   wheelchair access

When Alice Waters opened the doors of her little French restaurant in Berkeley, California, in 1971 at the age of twenty-seven, 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.

Longing for a heart-to-heart with the woman who changed the way America eats? This is your chance. Alice has written a book so intimate that, although Ive known her most of my life, I feel Ive finally gotten to know her
Ruth Reichl

Alice Waters is the founder and owner of Chez Panisse Retaurant and Café in Berkeley, California. She founded The Edible Schoolyard and has received the National Humanities Medal, the French Legion of Honor, the WSJ Magazine Innovators Award, and three James Beard Foundation Awards. Her most recent books are My Pantry, The Art of Simple Food II, 40 Years of Chez Panisse, and In the Green Kitchen.

In Coming To My Senses, Alice retraces the circuitous path that led her to Berkeley and the tumultuous times that emboldened her to find her own voice as a cook, while the prevailing food culture was merely embracing convenience and  uniformity. Moving from a repressive suburban upbringing to Berkeley in 1964 at the height of the Free Speech Movement and terrific campus unrest, she was drawn into a bohemian world of artists, filmmakers and other charismatic figures whose views on design, politics, film, literature,  fashion and food would ultimately become the unique culture on which Chez Panisse was founded.  Dotted with stories, recipes, photographs and letters, Coming To My Senses is a quietly revealing look at one womans evolution from a rebellious  yet impressionable follower to a respected activistand how she constructed the iconic institution that redefined American cuisine for generations of chefs and food lovers alike.

Steve Wasserman, recently made Executive Director of Heyday Books, formerly worked in Los Angeles as an assistant to Robert Scheer before he became the deputy assistant editor of the LA Times Sunday opinion pages. Following that, he moved to New York to take over as editor in chief of New Republic Books. He also served as editorial director of Times Books and publisher of Hill & Wang. He returned to the LA Times in 1996 to become editor of the book review, a position he held until 2005.  For all of that, Steve graduated from Berkeley High School and remains profoundly Berkeleyan.

Kris Welch is a veteran, very popular KPFA on-air host, a mother, and a grandmother.


First Congregational Church of Berkeley (View)
2345 Channing Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
United States


Arts > Literary

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Wheelchair Accessible: No


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