Alice Waters Speaks At the LA Times Festival of Books
|Alice Waters of Berkeley's Chez Panisse mingles with the crowd at the L.A. Times Festival of Books|
The questions for her were, frankly, depressing; three in a row were a depressing clash of reality vs. Alice Waters about how to store food in the refrigerator when the entire point of her presentation was about keeping the vitality of vegetables by using them as quickly as possible. Regardless of the validity of her point, the juxtaposition with the audience questions was nearly painful.
This year's Festival of Books was, frankly, weaker than most for food lovers. Few cookbooks were sold, few cookbook-centric stores were represented and few chefs spoke. The restaurant selection was dismal; there's nothing quite like watching Alice Waters have her way with unbelievably high-quality vegetables on stage and then being presented with lunch choices like Carl's Jr., California Pizza Kitchen and Panda Express.