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Fanny at Chez Panisse: A Child's Restaurant Adventures with 46 Recipes

4.24  ·  Rating Details ·  184 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
Chez Panisse is a restaurant in Berkeley, California, run by Alice Waters and her large group of friends. Her daughter Fanny's stories of this busy place are a friendly and funny introduction to the delights of real restaurant life, and her recipes show how easy and inexpensive it is to make good food with basic ingredients and simple techniques. Opening up the magic world ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published September 6th 1997 by William Morrow Cookbooks (first published 1992)
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Mar 30, 2010 Tryn rated it really liked it
This is a cookbook written from the perspective of a little girl who grows up in and around her mother's famous restaurant. The illustrations are charming and the descriptions of restaurant life revealing. I'm fascinated with the author, mother, restaurant owner, and all-around foodie, Alice Waters. The recipes she included here are simple (salsa), seasonal (blackberry ice-cream), nutritious (cucumber riata), sometimes unusual (candied orange peel), traditional (chicken stock), often kid-friendl ...more
Mar 18, 2012 Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbooks
beautiful book about food with amazing descriptions for kids (and adults!)
My favorite description is at the end:
"Everyone is eating with his hands, and dessert is served wheever you want it. All my friends are there, and we're eating corn on the cob and salad and tomatoes with aioli and potatoes with ailoi and watermelon-lime juice and pizzas and green beans and garlic bread and warm tortillas with butter and passion fruits (my favorite) and little tangerines and strawberry ice on a stick and, j
Sep 28, 2014 Diana rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbook, childrens
I love this cookbook! Charming drawings, a story and simple yet yummy recipes, some of which I've prepared with children during cooking classes at our local community garden. The recipes in this cookbook are also appropriate for adults. Check it out from your library and be wowed.

Recipes include:
Carrot and parsley soup
Pasta with garlic and parsley
Peach crisp
Blackberry ice cream
Halibut baked on a fig leaf
1-2-3-4 cake
Dec 07, 2009 Grace rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbook
There is some local foodie proselytizing, as you would expect with any book written by Alice Waters. But the illustrations and stories are charming.

It is a good companion to Marion Cunningham's book for children. MC teaches the mechanics and food science. AW teaches about food as part of an ecosystem and social network. AW also includes more vegetable dishes, but those veggies may not be available if you live outside of Berkeley or some other foodie haven.
Jul 03, 2009 Helen rated it it was amazing
I discovered this book in the nineties. I was never remotely a cook. This book, geared for children, taught me more than anything I have ever learned elsewhere. I had no idea who Alice Waters was (Fanny's mother) but this single book led me to many wonderful discoveries. I still refer to this cookbook many times.
Astrid Virili
Jun 16, 2012 Astrid Virili rated it really liked it
Chez Panisse un ristorante di Berkeley (California) famoso perch la titolare Alice Waters ha riscoperto la cucina con prodotti biologici e locali. Fanny la figlia, che in questo libretto deliziosamente illustrato racconta le sue avventure insieme alla madre nel ristorante (in realt la madre che scrive ma insomma, avete capito). Davvero carino, inoltre ci sono 46 ricette. ...more
Tracy O
Jul 20, 2008 Tracy O rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Children & Their Parents and Those with a Sweet Appreciaton of Life
Recommended to Tracy O by: Liz gave this to me in 1992
Shelves: kidsbooks, cook-books
This book really is a cookbook for children with wonderful, wonderful illustrations and stories. So, if you want to make guacamole, pasta or pizza you are in the right place. Or, if you just like sweet stories and beautiful pictures this is a nice stop-off place. If you want any Chez Panisse-worthy cooking tips you will have missed your mark with this particular book.
Dec 14, 2011 Jana rated it did not like it
This is not quite a recipe book, not quite a children's book, not quite an adult book. The illustrations are nice. I LOVE what Alice Waters stands for, but she can come across as preachy. She did so here.
Feb 29, 2008 Anina rated it really liked it
very cute book about eating and restaurants for school age kids. it's older... i stumbled upon it during my recent shelving stint at chevy chase. it's like a combo diary/food science book/french cookbook and i have never seen anything like it.
Jan 27, 2013 Jen rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Home schoolers
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Feb 04, 2016 Monica rated it liked it
I'd love to have this selection of fresh locally grown food available but not realistic for my area and budget. Good recipes are included.
Jul 27, 2010 Heidi rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids, food
cute - love reading about alice waters - fun to read from her daughters perspective - illustrations are great and theres some good recipes in it too
Aug 26, 2016 Tracy rated it it was amazing
Delightful! A great read for children and adults. Anyone who appreciates good food will enjoy this whimsical book.
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This is a great cookbook to use with children.
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Jul 29, 2009 Ann Nordquist rated it it was amazing
I love this book...I got it to share with my children when they weer younger and it is a keeper.
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Alice Waters, chef, author, and the proprietor of Chez Panisse, is an American pioneer of a culinary philosophy that maintains that cooking should be based on the finest and freshest seasonal ingredients that are produced sustainably and locally. She is a passionate advocate for a food economy that is “good, clean, and fair.” Over the course of nearly forty years, Chez Panisse has helped create a ...more
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