Punxsutawney Phil may have predicted another six weeks of winter but that hasn't stopped me from dreaming up grand plans for my plot in the community garden. Once the last frost of the season has passed, you'll find me in the garden doing some prep work that will hopefully result in an abundance of vegetables, herbs, and even flowers. I'm merely a weekend gardener so I am in awe of gardeners whose green thumbs cultivate vibrant and verdant growth. Add to that awe a healthy dose of inspiration and you've got my reaction to Alice Waters's newest book, Edible Schoolyard: A Universal Idea (Chronicle Books).
I won't go into Waters's storied beginnings with Chez Panisse and her roles as grande dame of California Cuisine and as a vocal proponent for organic and local foods. What I will tell you is that Edible Schoolyard is a gem of a book. It's not a long book-in fact, I read it in one sitting. And what a simple and compelling story she tells: one woman dreams that food can educateRead More »from Alice Waters and the Edible Schoolyard: A Book about Inspiration from the Ground Up