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Alice Waters and the Trip To Delicious from Readers to Eaters

“This picture book biography takes on Alice Waters, founder of Chez Panisse 9780983661566in Berkeley and the Edible Schoolyard Project. Using an enthusiastic, conversational tone and a free verse form (“In her travels, Alice learned/wonderful food was like a symphony/that woke people up, made them happier”), Martin shows how Waters’s fascination and love for fresh foods started young: at age three, the future chef won a costume contest, dressed up in a lettuce skirt, strawberry necklace, and crown made of asparagus. While in college, Waters studied cooking in France and brought home what she learned about selecting and preparing fresh foods. Before long, she opened Chez Panisse, a huge success. Finding fresh foods was not always easy, but as her reputation grew, growers began to come to her, and, eventually, her love and passion for fresh, locally grown food led her to organize the Edible Schoolyard Project, in which students plant and cultivate their own fruits and vegetables. Rendered with brush and black ink and enhanced digitally, the illustrations are colorful and simple. The book includes an afterword by Waters and an author’s note elaborating on the subject’s contributions to the local foods movement. A fine introduction to units on nutrition, healthy eating, and creative people making positive change.”–Roxanne Burg, Orange County Public Library, CAStarred Review School Library Journal

“[A] lively biography… chronicling the life of one contemporary foodie who has worked to make a difference in children’s nutritional lives… The art greatly enhances the text, with its varied multitude of cheerful people growing, preparing and enjoying food, as well as the use of different framing techniques and vantage points… An obvious choice in communities that have active Edible Schoolyards, it may spark some interest in communities that do not—yet.”Kirkus Reviews

Trade Cloth, Picture Book
US $18.95
AFTERWORD by Alice Waters:

Dear Reader and Eater,

I hope you have liked hearing my story! Here are some things I have learned about food and cooking from my time at Chez Panisse and the Edible Schoolyard—and from my daughter Fanny:

1) Grow your own food. If you grow it and cook it yourself, you’re going to want to eat it—even kale!
2) Taste and taste again. Who knows what you are going to like? Always have a taste of everything—and remember that ripeness is all! You never forget the taste of a perfectly ripe peach.
3) Always eat in season. I promise you that those supermarket tomatoes in the middle of winter are not going to taste good! You don’t want to eat the same second-rate foods all year round that aren’t delicious—you want to wait for the juicy tomatoes and sweet corn in the heat of summer. They will be all the better for your wait.
4) If your plate is too full, it is hard to taste. If something is truly delicious, you don’t need to eat so much to be satisfied. It’s when things don’t have flavor that you eat more and more and more, searching for flavor that isn’t there.
5) Cook with your friends! You can talk about things when you’re shelling fresh peas or washing lettuce, and will have so much fun making food together. When you come together at the table and share a meal, you never know what you are going to learn.

I can’t wait to see you all in the garden and the kitchen!

With hopefulness,
Alice Waters

Alice Waters founded Chez Panisse in 1971 and The Edible Schoolyard in 1995. She was the first woman to win the James Beard Foundation Outstanding Chef Award. This year she was named among Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World.Foreword source: Readers to Eaters

About the Author and the Illustrator
Jacqueline Briggs Martin, author of the Caldecott winner Snowflake Bentley, winner of the 1999 Caldecott Medal, and Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table, tells how one child’s search for delicious led to a dream for all children to share the joy of tasty food — the same joy we get from a beautiful song or a starry sky.
Jackie has taught creative writing at Hamline College and University of Iowa Summer Writing Festival. She grew up on a farm in Maine and now lives in Mt. Vernon, IA. Learn more about Jacqueline at
Hayelin Choi Hayelin Choi is an illustrator and textile designer. This is her first picture book. She is a graduate of School of Visual Arts and lives in Queens, New York. Learn more about Hayelin at
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Events:  Alice Waters will be coming to the book launch at the Edible Schoolyard on 9/17. 2pm welcome and introduction, then the group can tour the grounds and sample from the classroom kitchen afterward. RSVP required to attend due to limited space.


The Ecology Center will be handling the book sales at the event as well as at the Berkeley Farmers Market on 9/18.

Author Jackie Martin will also be signing at Book Passage-Ferry Building on Sat, 9/20, during the Farmers Market hour.

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