Chez Panisse opened its doors in 1971. Founded by Alice Waters, the restaurant is rooted in her conviction that the best-tasting food is organic, locally grown, and harvested in ecologically sound ways by people who are taking care of the land for future generations.
The quest for such ingredients has always determined the restaurant’s cuisine, and, over the course of 40 years, Chez Panisse has helped create a community of local farmers and ranchers whose dedication to sustainable agriculture assures the restaurant a steady supply of fresh and pure ingredients.
In 40 Years of Chez Panisse: The Power of Gathering, Waters takes readers on her journey from the humble and visionary beginnings of the restaurant, through its rise and the acclaim, to the adjoining café and the influential Chez Panisse Foundation.
Organized by decade, the book includes a wealth of archival material and photographs — menus, invitations, pictures of Waters at the restaurant and around the world, with those who have passed through her life — and interviews from public figures and cooks who have been inspired by or mentored at the restaurant.
This tribute to the delicious food revolution that began with Alice Waters and Chez Panisse is an important work for anyone who cares about food, sustainability, and the powerful legacy that Waters has built.
Change in our kitchens
Reflections on cooking — and a career that’s based largely at the stove.
Flatbreads from around the continent
Beyond a supporting role
The great Sicilian-Neapolitan kitchen rivalry
Five ideas each month for eating better