Things I learned from Alice Waters today:
(in addition to her usual championing of fresh, locally grown vegetables and her edible schoolyards)
1. Alice had originally named Chez Panisse after a character in a Marcel Pagnol trilogy. Panisse is also a chickpea-based bread from the south of France. Literally sounds like "pain de Nice" or "bread of Nice." Worked out nice.
2. Chez Panisse is celebrating its 40th anniversary next year and Alice is currently working on a cookbook to commemorate it.
3. MUST visit Hollywood Farmer's Market SOON. It sounds like heaven.
4. Appreciate radishes more--they are delicious with salt (trés français) and are beautiful.
5. Need to invest in a giant stone mortar and pestle to make young fava bean purée or simply some pesto.
6. Always toss a salad with your bare hands.
7. Will only use kosher salt from here on out. Ina Garten apparently wasn't reason enough for me. It takes Alice Waters to convince me kosher salt is the way to go. None of that "powdery" iodized salt will do anymore.
8. When cooking outdoors, sport a pink parasol. Cute and functional.