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December 24, 2007

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Ooh, I love Alice Waters, and growing up in the Bay Area, she's been a mini-celebrity.

I can't wait to read her book. About ten years ago I had dinner at Chez Panisse, which was great.

Oooooh, so jealous! Would love to go to Chez Panisse. I haven't checked out "Art of Simple Food" yet, but I did recently buy "Alice Waters and Chez Panisse" by Thomas McNamee. I haven't read it yet (ah, the mantra of my life), but I hope to get to it...sometime! Too many books, too little...

Hey, Laura. There's also a really good book by the woman who used to be the main tea person at Chez Panisse. I can't remember the name off the top of my head, but it's wonderful!

They have a "main tea person" there?!?! Ooooh, fancy! 8-) Sounds like a good read!

I got "Cook with Jamie" for Christmas. I've never been a fan of Oliver's stuff before - I've previously enjoyed him only as eye candy. But he's really turned me around on this one. I'm marking nearly every single recipe as one I want to try.

Back to Alice Waters, though...did you read the NYT article on her a couple months back? She travels with her own olive oil. How cool is that? It makes sense... But what I want to know is how does she keep it from leaking in the suitcase????

Laura, the book I was thinking of is "The Agony of the Leaves: The Ecstasy of My Life with Tea," by Helen Gustafson. Loved it a while back!

Ooh, I saw The Art of Simple Food when I was Christmas shopping and coveted it! You'll have to give a report! :)

We're lucky because my husband and his parents love Chez Panisse, so we've been there a handful of times. However, I've only eaten once in the downstairs prix-fixe restaurant--and it was one of the best meals I've ever had.

That's where I ate, too, A. Fortis--in the downstairs part. Delicious! Santa got mixed up and brought me the Thomas McNamee book instead of the actual Alice Waters book, so I will be well-informed about Chez Panisse!

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