Alice Waters and the Trip to Delicious

Jacqueline Briggs Martin, illus. by Hayelin Choi. Readers to Eaters (PGW, dist.), $18.95 (32p) ISBN 978-0-9836615-6-6
This adoring tribute to chef Alice Waters begins with a three-year-old Alice dressing in “a lettuce-leaf skirt, radish bracelets, a necklace of strawberries, a crown of asparagus,” and winning a costume contest. Bringing the lessons she learns about food home from her world travels, Waters shares meals with friends before opening her restaurant, Chez Panisse, and pioneering the Edible Schoolyard Project. Martin describes how Waters seeks out ingredients with integrity: “The delicious meals she wanted to serve to her customers began not in the kitchen but in the field, with good soil and thoughtful farmers.” Debut artist Choi fills the pages with cheerful scenes of smiling, multicultural children preparing and enjoying food; Waters herself contributes an afterword. Ages 5–up. Author’s agent: Michelle Humphrey, Martha Kaplan Literary Agency. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 09/01/2014
Release date: 09/01/2014
Genre: Children's
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