Alice Waters’ Book for Children

I refer to Alice Waters The Art of Simple Cooking with an obsessive devotion. Her recipes are so simple, elegant, and delicious that I quickly became addicted and wanted to cook only as she said to do it.

So when I saw her book for children at the Boston Athenaeum, I scooped it up to take home with me.

It’s written from the perspective of Alice Waters’ daughter Fanny who grew up at Chez Panisse. Sort of Eloise-style, without the spoiled brat and the pug.  (I love Eloise, but I think we can agreed she’s a bit of a brat.)  I read it like an-easy-to-read memoir, thinking “what would it be like to be the daughter of a restaurant owner like Alice?”

This is what it would be like:

The illustrations are by Ann Arnold and they are so lovely you want them to fill your kitchen. The text is cheerful and all about food. Below, an illustration of composting:

She includes 46 recipes at the back, mostly really classic things like pizza dough, candied orange peel, and plain white rice. I was in the mood for a new bread recipe so I tried it. It’s a good one! A nice mix of whole wheat and white flour, hearty with salt and just a touch of milk. I recommend checking it out.

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Annie Slocum
Annie Slocum
5 years 5 months ago

I love this book and cherish it on my cookbook shelves. I have given it as a gift. I love that she would sit in a stockpot and watch all of the chefs. I cannot imagine how wonderful Fanny’s childhood must have been. When Fanny went to Yale, Alice was instrumental in improving the dorm food there!!

5 years 5 months ago

Thanks to my mom, I also have/love The Art of Simple Cooking. Thanks to you, I’ve got some moms in mind for this one.