Good food is a right, not a privilege. It brings children into a positive relationship with their health, community and environment.

— Alice Waters

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This is the power of gathering: it inspires us, delightfully, to be more hopeful, more joyful, more thoughtful: in a word, more alive.


Teaching kids how to feed themselves and how to live in a community responsibly is the center of an education.


I am confident that we will see a growing consensus about the most effective way to transform food in America: building a real, sustainable and free school-lunch program.


The decisions you make are a choice of values that reflect your life in every way.


Because only slow food can teach us the things that really matter - care, beauty, concentration, discernment, sensuality, all the best that humans are capable of, but only if we take the time to think about what we're eating.


We have to bring children into a new relationship to food that connects them to culture and agriculture.


Our full humanity is contingent on our hospitality;

we can be complete only when we are giving something away; when we sit at the table and pass the peas to the person next to us we see that person in a whole new way.


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.


It's a comfort to always find pasta in the cupboard and garlic and parsley in the garden.


I think Americas 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, its very, very difficult to do, especially when children have grown up eating fast food and the values that go with that.


People cooked with a certain integrity before fast food, 50 or 60 years ago.

When the cheap food arrived, and we didn't have the education and deep cultural roots to hold on, we got swept away by fast, cheap and easy.


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


About Alice Waters

Quotes 53 sayings
Profession Chef
Birthday April 28, 1944

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.


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


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.


It is a fundamental fact that no cook, however creative and capable, can produce a dish of a quality any higher than that of its raw ingredients.


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


Let things taste of what they are.


Good food should be a right not a privilege.


If Ive gone to the market on Saturday, and I go another time on Tuesday, then Im really prepared. I can cook a little piece of fish; I can wilt some greens with garlic; I can slice tomatoes and put a little olive oil on. Its effortless.


Change the food in the schools and we can influence how children think.

Change the curriculum and teach them how to garden and how to cook and we can show that growing food and cooking and eating together give lasting richness, meaning, and beauty to our lives.


Go to the farmers market and buy food there.

You'll get something that's delicious. It's discouraging that this seems like such an elitist thing. It's not. It's just that we have to pay the real cost of food. People have to understand that cheap food has been subsidized. We have to realize that it's important to pay farmers up front, because they are taking care of the land.


Cooking and shopping for food brings rhythm and meaning to our lives.


How we eat can change the world


We still need to learn how to talk about food and education, because they haven't been talked about together, really. Education depends on our good health. It depends on our understanding of the environment and somehow we got those separate.


The things most worth wanting are not available everywhere all the time.


Good food depends almost entirely on good ingredients.


Create a garden; bring children to farms for field trips. I think its 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.


We've been so disconnected agriculturally and culturally from food.

We spend more time on dieting than on cooking.


In terms of kids not liking the food, I am shocked.

I know that it's not true. I know that when kids are not educated about healthy food, they have a resistance to it. The resistance comes, again, from the fast-food culture.


The biggest thing right now, is supporting the people who take care of the environment. We must take care of the people who take care of the land. And so, if 20% of the population is in school, and they are asked to buy this food from farms. I mean at the real cost without a middleman, it could be amazing. It could change farming overnight.


Always explore your garden and go to the market before you decide what cook.


We can't think narrowly. We have to think in the biggest possible way.


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. It's unfair to charge for food in schools, especially to charge for food that is making children sick.


It's a pleasure to talk to the farmers.

That's my favorite part, always was. It's really the communication and exchange that builds communities. It's not something you can legislate. It's that you're giving me the best bread I ever had and I'm so happy to give you money for it. I can't think of anything I'd rather do than stand in line and give money for your bread.


The dinner table is a rite of civilization and we need to participate in that to keep our families together, to keep our communities together.


It's about children cooking themselves, growing themselves.

When kids grow it and cook it they eat it.


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


Eating is an environmental act.


Let things taste the way they are.


It's interesting that we are sensorially deprived.

And not always because of poverty or hunger, but because we have been really indoctrinated into such a way that we don't sit in the present. Technology takes the place of food often.


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


When you have the best and tastiest ingredients, you can cook very simply and the food will be extraordinary because it tastes like what it is.


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.


The problem with living in a fast-food nation is that we expect food to be cheap.


To have a basic ingredient that can be prepared a million different ways is a beautiful thing.


We're, as Carlos Petrini says, we're on a train and it's going off the edge of the cliff. We have to stop the track and get off. Now we're in a jungle. We don't know how we're going to get out but we'll find a way. I've always believed in people power. I saw it happen when we organized around the AIDS crisis... We made an AIDS quilt that covered the entire mall. Everybody had a part in it and we can do this.


Cooking creates a sense of well-being for yourself and the people you love and brings beauty and meaning to everyday life. And all it requires is common sense – the common sense to eat seasonally, to know where your food comes from, to support and buy from local farmers and producers who are good stewards of our natural resources.


I think the biggest impediment to fixing the food system in the United States is that we expect food to be cheap. We want to by other things with our money. We're so disconnected from agriculture - from the culture in agriculture.

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