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Alice Waters and Chez Panisse by Thomas McNamee
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bookshelves: food-writing, culled, 2008-read
Read in April, 2008 , read count: 1

This was entertaining, but it was hampered by being neither a full biography of Waters nor of her restaurant, and thus being not entirely satisfying on either front. I also missed the sense of taste I like in really good food writing. One gets some of it from Waters' own words (extensively quoted from interviews and also present in a few recipes), but really none from McNamee's prose, and so it's harder to grasp the specialness of Chez Panisse's food. (I found myself contrasting it to the marvelous description of the French Laundry's food in Michael Ruhlman's The Soul of a Chef, which helped make the French Laundry and Thomas Keller such vivid presences in that book.)
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