Chez Panisse Café Cookbook

by Alice Waters

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Original Publisher
William Morrow
Date of publication

Recommended by

Annie Bell

Food writer

The simplicity and style of Alice's cooking redefined our expectations, and in the 1980s it marked a radical departure to what we had seen before. Her opportunistic and seasonal approach are still as relevant today, and her ideas as fresh. She is one of the truest voices in the kitchen.

Chris Ying

Editor-in-Chief, Lucky Peach

Even to a born-and-raised Californian, the Chez Panisse books were a revelation to me. This book was a vital part of the education in conscious farming, cooking, and eating that I received when I moved to the Bay Area fifteen years ago. The recipes ain’t too shabby either.

Matt Goulding

Co-founder of Roads & Kingdoms and author of Rice, Noodle, Fish: Deep Travels Through Japan’s Food Culture

All of her cookbooks are exceptional, but I just happened to fall in love with this one first. This is the book that taught me about the importance of voice when writing recipes.

Aliza Green

Chef and author

This book spoke to my heart and soul and validated my own style of unpretentious, local and seasonal ingredient-driven cooking. So many wonderful recipes here!

Tom Norrington-Davies


Going to eat here is still an ambition I've yet to realise. Until then I scour the book from time to time and dream...

Ken Hom


The philosophy of an iconic restaurant that has inspired food lovers, chefs and food writers all over the globe.

Graham Garrett

Chef and owner of The West House

I don't think I could compile a list without the inclusion of at least one Alice Waters book.

Anna Olson


The first to bring foraging & local, seasonal cooking to the North American palate.

Andreas Viestad

Norwegian TV Chef

Beaten and worn, my old copy of this book shows that some books just work.

Felicity Spector

Chief writer Channel 4 News

No bookshelf would be complete without this.

Fred Smith

Beef at Flat Iron

Proper cooking.

Thomasina Miers

Founder of Wahaca, chef and writer

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Robert McCullough

Publisher of Appetite

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Michael Anthony

Executive Chef/Partner

David Gillmore

Head Chef at James Street South, Belfast

Jason Atherton

Chef and restaurateur

Darina Allen

Owner and Founder of the Ballymaloe Cookery School