The Eight Cooks Who Saved My Life

Here are snapshots of the women in Spoon Fed and links to the original articles I wrote about them.


Alice Waters

Born: Chatham, New Jersey, 1944

Most Famous For: An influential person in Northern California who helped give birth to California Cuisine. She also played a key role in starting America’s modern organic, local food movement and garden-based education in schools. 

The First Time I Saw Her: Walking briskly through Chez Panisse with Johnny Apple, the great late New York Times correspondent, on her heels, in 2000.

Greatest Contribution to Food: Tuning the American palate into the importance of local, organic food.

The Lesson: Perseverance and tenacity pays off.

The Story That Inspired the Chapter: