Friday, March 15, 2013

Book Beginnings: Alice Waters and Chez Panisse

Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author's name.

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Late-summer sun streamed into the dining room, turning every westward surface gold – French gilt mirrors on ivory plaster walls, red wood trim, oak floors and flea-market oak chairs, mismatched flea-market china and flatware on red-and-white-checkered tablecloths, one great base of flowers with a white-linened table all to itself.

-- Alice Waters and Chez Panisse: The Romantic, Impractical, Often Eccentric, Ultimately Brilliant Making of a Food Revolution by Thomas McNamee. That first sentence describes the opening night of Waters' famed Berkeley restaurant,Chez Panisse, in 1972.


  1. What a delicious sounding book! Thanks for sharing.

  2. thanks for sharing! is this a non-fiction title?


  3. Lovely excerpt. I can see this room.

  4. I love Chez Panisse although I haven't been there for years...not since my last trip to SF. I will have to get this book for my husband, and then borrow it. Thanks for the heads up about it.


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