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

4.26 of 5 stars 4.26  ·  rating details  ·  165 ratings  ·  20 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
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published November 10th 1992 by William Morrow Cookbooks (first published 1992)
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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
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
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
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.
I want to try some recipes.
Astrid Virili
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 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jan 27, 2013 Jen rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Home schoolers
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cute - love reading about alice waters - fun to read from her daughters perspective - illustrations are great and theres some good recipes in it too
Ann Nordquist
I love this book...I got it to share with my children when they weer younger and it is a keeper.
Great cookbook for kids interested in cooking or baking. Adults will enjoy the recipes too!
A must for kids who want to teach their parents to cook good food!
Eavesdrop on the perfect childhood, then eat a piece of the magic.
very sweet book. recommended for the little cooks you know
Where my love affair with French started.
The kids are enjoying this as a read aloud...
This is a great cookbook to use with children.
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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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