8pm (Reception, 6:30-7:30pm)
in conversation with Jonathan Gold
Coming to My Senses:
The Making of a Counterculture Cook
Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre
New Roads School
Herb Alpert Educational Village
3131 Olympic Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90404
$45 General Admission Seat + book
$55 Reserved Section Seat +book
$95 Reception (6:30-7:30pm)* + Reserved Seat + book
$20 General Admission Seat (on sale Sep. 4)
*includes selections prepared from recipes by Alice Waters
“I feel that good food should be a right and not a privilege, and it needs to be without pesticides and herbicides. And everybody deserves this food.”
Alice Waters is executive chef, founder, owner and of Chez Panisse Restaurant and Café in Berkeley, California. She also founded the Edible Schoolyard Project. Waters has received the National Humanities Medal, the French Legion of Honor, the WSJ Magazine Humanitarian Innovator Award, and three James Beard Awards. Waters is the vice president of Slow Food International and the author of thirteen books.
“….every time you’re going to the grocery store, you’re voting with your dollars. Support your farmers’ market. Support local food. Really learn to cook.”
Time Magazine 100 Most Influential People: Alice Waters on the Edible Schoolyard
Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook is the long-awaited memoir from cultural icon and culinary standard-bearer Alice Waters. In it, she recalls the circuitous road and tumultuous times leading to the founding of what is arguably America’s most influential restaurant. Moving from a repressive suburban upbringing to Berkeley in 1964 at the height of the Free Speech Movement and campus unrest, she was drawn into a bohemian circle of charismatic (mostly male) figures whose views on design, politics, film, and food would ultimately inform 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 woman’s evolution from a rebellious yet impressionable follower to a respected activist, and how she established the iconic institution that redefined American cuisine for generations of chefs and food lovers alike.
Jonathan Gold is the restaurant critic for the Los Angeles Times. He won the Pulitzer Prize in criticism in 2007 and was a finalist again in 2011. A Los Angeles native, he began writing the Counter Intelligence column for the L.A. Weekly in 1986, wrote about death metal and gangsta rap for Rolling Stone and Spin among other places, and is delighted that he has managed to forge a career out of the professional eating of tacos.