Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook

Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook

The long-awaited memoir from cultural icon and culinary standard bearer Alice Waters recalls the circuitous road and tumultuous times leading to the opening of what is arguably America's most influential restaurant. When Alice Waters opened the doors of her "little French restaurant" in Berkeley, California in 1971 at the age of 27, no one ever anticipated the indelible mar The long-awaited memoir from cultural icon and culinary standard bearer Alice Waters recalls the circuitous road and ...

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Title:Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook
Author:Alice Waters
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Genres:Food and Drink
ISBN:Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:304 pages pages

Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook Reviews

  • Vicki
    Sep 25, 2017
    I wanted her to have more of an ethos than "I studied abroad in France and they're just sooooo much more sophisticated than we are," but you can't make people be what you expect from them. The main takeaway I got from this is that I don't know where the line between the freewheeling "a...
  • Anne
    Oct 26, 2017
    Book club strikes again! I've never been a foodie nor have I ever heard of Chez Panisse (apparently I missed that revolution -the only Alice's restaurant of legend I'm familiar with is Arlo Guthrie's) so, to put it plainly, I was completely uninterested and uninformed going into this. ...
  • Ruth Glen
    Aug 13, 2017
    I usually like this kind of book, but her writing did nothing for me. ...
  • Gail
    Sep 13, 2017
    I don't know why I even requested this book from the library. Generally, I'm interested in people who become chefs and what brought them to that vocation. Years ago, I read many books on fascinating chefs that were well written. This book is not one of them. Alice Waters should just st...
  • Brandon Gaukel
    Sep 27, 2017
    I love this woman. This book is exactly what I want to read this week, I started it on a flight from Hawaii and just finished two days later. I swear by her cookbooks, she has changed my life and I got to meet her this year on the flight back from New York City. A GEM. Way to go Ali...
  • KatieSuzanne
    Oct 27, 2017
    This was great. The audiobook is read by Alice Waters and her voice makes it seem like she's just telling you the story herself in person and not reading a book. The simple stories she tells of her life and all the little experiences that made her who she is, felt like she was explaini...
  • Lianne
    Apr 19, 2018
    My book club has chosen this title for our June meeting. We plan to visit Chez Panisse, the famous restaurant Alice Waters founded in Berkeley in 1971. This memoir provides the back story of how Chez Panisse came to be. A young woman from New Jersey went to France on a year abroad, bec...
  • Katy
    Apr 09, 2018
    This is such a lovely book. Waters is a fascinating woman and I loved hearing about her life. The story is not exactly linear but it is a rich and lively one. I want to visit Chez Panisse one day! Also a wonderful addition to my thoughts of the slow food movement. ...
  • Cynthia Sillitoe
    Nov 09, 2017
    I'm not sure how this wound up on my book list (and actually I waited for it) as cooking doesn't interest me. Still, it was an interesting read. ...
  • Dana DesJardins
    Sep 20, 2017
    Alice starts planning to open Chez Panisse literally 80% of the way through the book, and the book ends after the first night. I wish the entire book had been like that last chapter, a description of the food, plates, cooks, and candles in her lovely restaurant. She lived in Berkeley d...
  • Glenda
    Jun 27, 2017
    I received this book as a goodreads giveaway. Before reading Alice Waters' memoir, I will honestly say I knew very little about this acclaimed restaurateur other than Chez Panisse was ground-breaking and she has been a strong believer of farm-to-table long before it was chic. I love...
  • Mikedariano
    Nov 06, 2017
    I grabbed this because Michael Pollan blurbed the back. Wow Waters is interesting. Sometimes it feels like people become outsized participants of history because they get swept up. It's like a wave the rises and some person, it could be anyone, that's somewhere at sometime becomes larg...
  • Hope Sherman
    May 03, 2018
    For anyone who loves food, art and film, loves 60's history and loves travel - especially to France, this will be enjoyable. Having been fortunate enough to have dined at Chez Panisse made this an especially delicious read! ...
  • Margaret
    Mar 19, 2018
    I enjoyed this book but towards the end I feel like the narrative lost steam and became repetitive. I enjoyed the beginning and middle where we learn about Alice?s childhood. Learning about her self discovery in college and her love of French food drew me in. This book also made me a...
  • Linda
    Feb 17, 2018
    loved! Book ends at the opening of her cafe Chez Panisse. Participated in Free Speech Movement, Berkeley while she tried to make her cafe ?perfect?. Lots of picture, very enjoyable. ...
  • Scottsdale Public Library
    Dec 13, 2017
    You may be familiar with the name Alice Waters or her restaurant, Chez Panisse, or even heard references to the Edible Schoolyard Project here and there. Now comes the story of Waters: her various career paths, travels, relationships, etc., all leading to her life's major passion proje...
  • Barbara
    Oct 11, 2017
    What an interesting person Alice Waters is. She is a dreamer and an explorer. Reading her memoir the reader can see how the idea for creating Chez Panisse had marinated within her for many years. She was inspired by travel, friends, family, film, nature and other subtleties of her life...
  • Rayme
    Apr 25, 2018
    Because I love to bake and have always secretly hoped Alice Waters (and Roger Waters) was related to me somehow this book appealed. It covers her childhood up until she opened Chez Panisse in 1971. Not a page turner, but I found it interesting and worth the read. ...
  • Jessica
    Feb 26, 2018
    I love Alice Waters and was extremely excited about this book, enough so that I grabbed an ARC months before it came out. And then...it took me forever to finish it. Unfortunately, much of the book was disappointing. The beginning was slow and mostly involved her family and upbringing....
  • Kathy Cowie
    Nov 19, 2017
    3.5 stars I decided to listen to this book because it is read by Alice Waters. While she cannot really compare to the many wonderful, professionally-trained actors who read audiobooks, I still enjoyed hearing the story from her. She is in her 70s now, I think, and there is something m...
  • Daniel Palevski
    Jan 23, 2018
    Simple and honest, I was very taken with Waters' clear and concise writing style as well as her willingness to be open and revealing. Often she criticizes herself has being naive, but this is the part of her I felt most pulled into. I ate at Chez Panisse when I was in Berkeley about...
  • Rebecca Wilkins
    Sep 24, 2017
    Well it starts with the pitiful photo on the front and doesn't progress much beyond that. Alice is a remarkable woman especially if you watch the PBS special on American Masters but I didn't get it from the book. She skips around and does tell all in regard to drugs and sex but it is a...
  • Mina-Louise
    Mar 02, 2018
    I really loved this book, and don't understand the harsh reviews. To me this was a wonderful life story, she has really packed a lot of living into her life. From this I learned about ingredients and food and cooking- passion. And about men, and sex and love, and most importantly knowi...
  • Karen Whitehead
    Apr 25, 2018
    A fascinating memoir by a woman who has been at the forefront of eating local for over forty years. She opened her restaurant, Chez Panisse, in 1971 with no experience other than cooking for friends. She never trained as a chef but she learned to appreciate good food during a formative...
  • Brittany
    Oct 03, 2017
    I realllyyyyy wanted this book to be good, because Alice is one of the most import Bay Area icons. The book left me constantly wanting to know more. She glosses over key moments in her life and doesn't really give herself enough credit for what she did in the Bay. It could have used a ...
  • Gina
    Dec 31, 2017
    I originally came for the food & a memoir of sorts of Alice Waters but, Holy Basil!, I came away completely charmed & impressed by this Francophile woman whose food activism is rooted in simple, seasonal ingredients prepared with utmost care using the most basic & time-test...
  • Melissa
    Oct 04, 2017
    Very fascinating but it takes place from her birth to Chez Panisse opening in 1971 (some mentions take place past this time). But it doesn't cover the most interesting parts of her life: running a restaurant for 45 years, her marriage, her daughter, Edible Schoolyard. I was disappointe...
  • Ally
    Sep 29, 2017
    I desperately wanted to like this book. I'm a huge fan of Alice Waters, her restaurant Chez Panisse, and the work that she has done with transforming the food culture in American. When the author was growing up, her family ate mostly convenience foods - mashed potato flakes, boxed cake...
  • Helen Yee
    Dec 05, 2017
    I've only even been familiar with the reputation of Chez Panisse and the reverent tones by which American food journalists wrote about Alice Waters. I've yet to had the chance to visit her restaurant - I'd love to go one day - so this book was an incredible insight into not just the co...
  • Aria
    Sep 14, 2017
    ---- Disclosure: I received this book for free from Goodreads. ---- Sadly, I didn't get through the book. I did my best for 3 or 4 days, and finally conceded that I just wasn't going to make it. I'm at somewhat of a loss as to explain why, though. I kept finding myself growing tired, ...