Alice Waters Quotes

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A lot of equipment can get in the way of the connection with food, with touching and feeling.
— Alice Waters

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A whole set of values comes with fast food: Everything should be fast, cheap and easy; there's always more where that came from; there are no seasons; you shouldn't be paid very much for preparing food. It's uniformity and a lack of connection.

Alice Waters

Americans don't have deep gastronomic roots. They wanted to get away from the cultures of Europe or wherever they came from. We stirred up that melting pot pretty quickly.

Alice Waters

Basically, the person in the White House should be principled, should have a philosophy about food that relates directly to organic agriculture. I will continue to push for that.

Alice Waters

Buy foods from nearby farms and have that food served in the cafeteria.

Alice Waters

Create a garden; bring children to farms for field trips. I think it's important that parents and teachers get together to do one or two things they can accomplish well - a teaching garden, connecting with farms nearby, weave food into the curriculum.

Alice Waters

English food writer Elizabeth David, cook and author Richard Olney and the owner of Domaine Tempier Lulu Peyraud have all really inspired the way I think about food.

Alice Waters

Everything tastes better with butter. Meat that has fat in it is tender in a certain way, flavorful in a certain way. It's hard to deny the flavor quotient there.

Alice Waters

First, kids should be involved in the production of their own food. They have to get their hands in the dirt, they have to grow things. They also have to become sensually stimulated, and the way to begin is with a bakery.

Alice Waters

Food can be very transformational, and it can be more than just about a dish. That's what happened to me when I first went to France. I fell in love. And if you fall in love, well, then everything is easy.

Alice Waters

Food culture is like listening to the Beatles - it's international, it's very positive, it's inventive and creative.

Alice Waters

Food isn't like anything else. It's something precious. It's not a commodity.

Alice Waters

Food should be cheap, and labor should be cheap, and everything should be the same no matter where you go; whether it's a McDonald's in Germany or one in California, it should be the same. And this message is destroying cultures around the world. Needless to say, agriculture goes with it.

Alice Waters

Grass-fed cattle are leaner. But it's not true that they are less flavorful.

Alice Waters

Hard-boiled eggs are wonderful when they're really done right. I bring the water to a boil, and then I put in the eggs. And then I boil them for - well, it depends on the size of the egg - maybe eight minutes.

Alice Waters

I am an optimist of the first order.

Alice Waters

I am disappointed because nobody is talking about food and agriculture. They're talking about the diets of children, but they're talking about Band-Aids. We're not seeing a vision.

Alice Waters

I believe there should be breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack, all for free and for every child that goes to school. And all food that is good, clean and fair.

Alice Waters

I came to all the realizations about sustainability and biodiversity because I fell in love with the way food tastes. That was it. And because I was looking for that taste I feel at the doorsteps of the organic, local, sustainable farmers, dairy people and fisherman.

Alice Waters

I can remember the three restaurant experiences of my childhood. All I wanted to do on my birthday was to go to the Automat in New York... but I don't know if you consider that a real restaurant.

Alice Waters

I can't imagine leaving the restaurant. It's hard for me to separate my life from my work; I'm really thinking about what we're doing every day.

Alice Waters

I do feel like food should cost more, because we aren't paying farmers a living wage. It has to cost more.

Alice Waters

I don't think it ever works to tell people what they can't eat. They can do it for so long, and then they fall off. You have to bring them into a new relationship with food.

Alice Waters

I don't want food that comes from animals that are caged up and fed antibiotics. I am really suspicious of that kind of production of meat and poultry.

Alice Waters

I eat meat, but no meat that isn't pastured is acceptable, and we probably need to eat a whole lot less.

Alice Waters

I feel it is an obligation to help people understand the relation of food to agriculture and the relationship of food to culture.

Alice Waters

I feel like old age in America is a very sad thing. I have been many different places around the world where getting older is something you look forward to.

Alice Waters

I feel that good food should be a right and not a privilege, and it needs to be without pesticides and herbicides. And everybody deserves this food. And that's not elitist.

Alice Waters

I guess I don't really believe in retirement. I believe in shorter days and maybe in weekends!

Alice Waters

I have a fireplace in my kitchen that I light every night, no matter what.

Alice Waters

I have a love affair with tomatoes and corn. I remember them from my childhood. I only had them in the summer. They were extraordinary.

Alice Waters

I have been talking nonstop about the symbolism of an edible landscape at the White House. I think it says everything about stewardship of the land and about the nourishment of a nation.

Alice Waters

I just hope Americans come to understand that food isn't something to be manipulated by our teeth and shoved down our gullet, that it's our spiritual and physical nourishment and important to our well-being as a nation.

Alice Waters

I know once people get connected to real food, they never change back.

Alice Waters

I love those tiny little onions in the spring that are so small they're almost like a little chive.

Alice Waters

I once had an Early Girl tomato at my friend Jay's house, and I thought that was the best thing I'd ever had. But then I visited friends in Senegal, and I ate sea urchin pulled fresh out of the sea. It tasted like the ocean.

Alice Waters

I really am at a place where I think we need to feed every child at school for free and feed them a real school lunch that's sustainable and nutritious and delicious. It needs to be part of the curriculum of the school in the same way that physical education was part of the curriculum, and all children participated.

Alice Waters

I really appreciate the many neighbourhoods of Berkeley. There is still the butcher, the baker and the candlestick maker. And it has the University of California, which is the greatest gift, to my mind, to be close to it. It keeps the place alive.

Alice Waters

I really like having someone who knows about food and what goes well together make a meal for me.

Alice Waters

I think America's food culture is embedded in fast-food culture. And the real question that we have is: How are we going to teach slow-food values in a fast-food world? Of course, it's very, very difficult to do, especially when children have grown up eating fast food and the values that go with that.

Alice Waters

I think health is the outcome of eating well.

Alice Waters

I think health is the outcome of finding a balance and some satisfaction at the table.

Alice Waters

I think if you buy from people who are taking care of the land, you're supporting the future of this country.

Alice Waters

I think you have to plan ahead. When I go to the market on a Saturday, and I'm buying for family and friends, I'm thinking about what I'm going to eat on the weekend but also about what I'm going to make for the following week.

Alice Waters

I try not to do anything that's immoral.

Alice Waters

I used to do calligraphy, and I'm afraid that has lapsed, but I've always been interested in book printing.

Alice Waters

I used to think that I wanted to be a hat maker, but I don't think that would have worked out.

Alice Waters

I want every child in America to eat a nutritious, delicious, sustainably sourced school lunch for free.

Alice Waters

I wanted people to come to the restaurant and feel at home, so I put it in a house.

Alice Waters

I was a very picky eater.

Alice Waters

A lot of equipment can get in the way of the connection with food, with touching and feeling.

Alice Waters