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Alice Waters & Ruth Reichl- Chicago Humanities Festival

April 25 2014 - 3:56 PM

Alice Waters is doing a good thing.  She’s been doing a good thing for a long time.  If you are unfamiliar with her work, you have been living under a food rock for nearly three decades.  Chef, author, food aficionado, and most notably famous for her restaurant in Berkely California, Chez Panisse,  Alice Waters is largely responsible for bringing local, sustainable and organic food practices to the plates of American’s nationwide.   She has become the face of the Slow Food movement along with spearheading her most recent project The Edible Schoolyard Project.   This year, the Chicago Humanities Festival hosted a conversation between Waters and fellow food philosopher, Ruth Reichl; a colleague of Water’s who also began her career in Berkely during the food revolution of the 1970’s.  Reichl is the previous co-owner and chef of Swallow and later became critic and food editor for both the The Los Angeles Times and The New York Times.  She has written four memoirs, and was the last editor-in-chief of Gourmet magazine.

In their conversation, held at the Rubloff Auditorium in the Art Institute of Chicago, Reichl and Waters discussed food policy and the future of food in this county.  More specifically, their conversation highlighted the importance of changing the way we eat today in order to better serve the generations ahead of us.  Promoting her newest book, The Art of Simple Food 2, Waters said the focus here was about taking care of the land.   When Reichl asked Waters how do go about that, Waters responded “You ask.”  Reichl went on to agree with Waters by saying “We all should be eating at the same level”.  In response, Waters added “We have to turn it around and show the children that we care about them”.  For a more in depth look of this intimate conversation, please see the video below.