I love my digital recording machine because it allows me to record the shows I cannot concentrate on or watch if I am either away from home, or if I am in the writing realm. Last evening I watched Friday’s, Real Time With Bill Maher Show, and was immediately drawn to the interview that Bill did with his guest, Chef Alice Waters. I learned a lot about her and listened to the vision she adopted at the early age of nineteen, when she went to France to find out more about food. When she returned to California, it was with a deep-rooted conviction of serving up the new California fresh food diet, because she understood the reasons that this was the better way to eat. Slow Food as Bill called it. She said it was the opposite of Fast Food.
She is co-owner of Chez Panisse, in Berkely, CA. One day, in the 1990’s, she noticed an empty rundown schoolyard while walking to work at her restaurant. After making an inquiry the school superintendent welcomed her ideas to nurture, guide and teach school children about natural foods, and she has been deeply involved with the school system ever since. She has teachers intentionally immerse their students in their food projects, by introducing them to the benefits of growing, cooking and eating what they have grown. Alice Waters is also bringing the idea of fresh garden foods to many children via her book “The Edible Schoolyard” , and to everyone else with her cookbook “The Green Kitchen”.
“There is a huge obesity problem in our country and it started after WWII”, Alice tells Bill in her interview. “Things changed. They had all of these chemicals they didn’t know what to do with and so they fertilized our food with them. From there it was a downward spiral.” (I am not quoting her, this was the gist of this part of their conversation).
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