Great Quotes from Alice Waters

This is the power of gathering: it inspires us, delightfully, to be more hopeful, more joyful, more thoughtful: in a word, more alive.

Alice Waters

I really am at a place where I think we need to feed every child at school for free and feed them a real school lunch that’s sustainable and nutritious and delicious. It needs to be part of the curriculum of the school in the same way that physical education was part of the curriculum, and all children participated.

Alice Waters

We eat every day, and if we do it in a way that doesn’t recognize value, it’s contributing to the destruction of our culture and of agriculture. But if it’s done with a focus and care, it can be a wonderful thing. It changes the quality of your life.

Alice Waters

When you have good ingredients, cooking doesn’t require a lot of instruction because you can never go very wrong.

Alice Waters

I feel that good food should be a right and not a privilege, and it needs to be without pesticides and herbicides. And everybody deserves this food. And that’s not elitist.

Alice Waters

We have to bring children into a new relationship to food that connects them to culture and agriculture.

Alice Waters

The biggest thing you can do is understand that every time you’re going to the grocery store, you’re voting with your dollars. Support your farmers’ market. Support local food. Really learn to cook.

Alice Waters

Create a garden; bring children to farms for field trips. I think it’s important that parents and teachers get together to do one or two things they can accomplish well – a teaching garden, connecting with farms nearby, weave food into the curriculum.

Alice Waters

I want every child in America to eat a nutritious, delicious, sustainably sourced school lunch for free.

Alice Waters

A whole set of values comes with fast food: Everything should be fast, cheap and easy; there’s always more where that came from; there are no seasons; you shouldn’t be paid very much for preparing food. It’s uniformity and a lack of connection.

Alice Waters

I feel it is an obligation to help people understand the relation of food to agriculture and the relationship of food to culture.

Alice Waters

I came to all the realizations about sustainability and biodiversity because I fell in love with the way food tastes. That was it. And because I was looking for that taste I feel at the doorsteps of the organic, local, sustainable farmers, dairy people and fisherman.

Alice Waters

I know once people get connected to real food, they never change back.

Alice Waters

I have a love affair with tomatoes and corn. I remember them from my childhood. I only had them in the summer. They were extraordinary.

Alice Waters

I have a fireplace in my kitchen that I light every night, no matter what.

Alice Waters

To have a basic ingredient that can be prepared a million different ways is a beautiful thing.

Alice Waters

It’s around the table and in the preparation of food that we learn about ourselves and about the world.

Alice Waters

When I first went to Paris in 1965, I fell in love with the small, family-owned restaurants that existed everywhere then, as well as the markets and the French obsession with buying fresh food, often twice a day.

Alice Waters

The decisions you make are a choice of values that reflect your life in every way.

Alice Waters

Food can be very transformational, and it can be more than just about a dish. That’s what happened to me when I first went to France. I fell in love. And if you fall in love, well, then everything is easy.

Alice Waters

Food isn’t like anything else. It’s something precious. It’s not a commodity.

Alice Waters

I’m focused on the next generation, because I think it’s very hard to break the habit of adults who’ve got salt and sugar addictions and just ways of being in this world. It’s very hard even for the most enlightened people at famous universities that are very wealthy to spend the money that it takes to feed the students something delicious.

Alice Waters

The problem with living in a fast-food nation is that we expect food to be cheap.

Alice Waters

The act of eating is very political. You buy from the right people, you support the right network of farmers and suppliers who care about the land and what they put in the food.

Alice Waters

I think you have to plan ahead. When I go to the market on a Saturday, and I’m buying for family and friends, I’m thinking about what I’m going to eat on the weekend but also about what I’m going to make for the following week.

Alice Waters

We make decisions every day about what we’re going to eat. And some people want to buy Nike shoes – two pairs, and other people want to eat Bronx grapes and nourish themselves. I pay a little extra, but this is what I want to do.

Alice Waters

I guess I don’t really believe in retirement. I believe in shorter days and maybe in weekends!

Alice Waters

The problem with living in a fast-food nation is that we expect food to be cheap.

Alice Waters

The act of eating is very political. You buy from the right people, you support the right network of farmers and suppliers who care about the land and what they put in the food.

Alice Waters

I think you have to plan ahead. When I go to the market on a Saturday, and I’m buying for family and friends, I’m thinking about what I’m going to eat on the weekend but also about what I’m going to make for the following week.

Alice Waters

I have been talking nonstop about the symbolism of an edible landscape at the White House. I think it says everything about stewardship of the land and about the nourishment of a nation.

Alice Waters

Usually, cheap food is not nutritious. You’re feeding people, but you’re not really feeding people something that is good for them.

Alice Waters

The fact that most kids aren’t eating at home with their families any more really means they are eating elsewhere. They are eating out there in fast food nation.

Alice Waters

I am disappointed because nobody is talking about food and agriculture. They’re talking about the diets of children, but they’re talking about Band-Aids. We’re not seeing a vision.

Alice Waters

I really appreciate the many neighbourhoods of Berkeley. There is still the butcher, the baker and the candlestick maker. And it has the University of California, which is the greatest gift, to my mind, to be close to it. It keeps the place alive.

Alice Waters

I do feel like food should cost more, because we aren’t paying farmers a living wage. It has to cost more.

Alice Waters

If we want children to learn to tend the land and nourish themselves and have conversations at the table, we need to communicate with them in ways that are positive.

Alice Waters

I think health is the outcome of eating well.

Alice Waters

My kitchen has a wood-burning oven, a large worktable, and windows all around, including one above the sink. I think whoever is washing the dishes needs to have a lot of beauty around.

Alice Waters

Basically, the person in the White House should be principled, should have a philosophy about food that relates directly to organic agriculture. I will continue to push for that.

Alice Waters

In countries around the world, people spend more money on food because they know how precious it is.

Alice Waters

The way we subsidize food makes it cheaper to go to McDonald’s and get a hamburger than a salad, and that’s insane. It’s pure government policy.

Alice Waters

Whenever I want to know how to cook something, I can’t ask one chef – I have to ask six.

Alice Waters

I used to do calligraphy, and I’m afraid that has lapsed, but I’ve always been interested in book printing.

Alice Waters

If I weren’t involved with food, I’d be working in architecture. Design is that critical to me.

Alice Waters

I wanted people to come to the restaurant and feel at home, so I put it in a house.

Alice Waters

People have become aware that way that we’ve been eating is making us sick.

Alice Waters

We all need to know how to cook. I can buy a chicken and have many meals come from it. Is it affordable? Yes. Cheap? No. I want to pay the farmers the right price for food. They deserve it. They are the most important people in the country besides our teachers.

Alice Waters

I don’t want food that comes from animals that are caged up and fed antibiotics. I am really suspicious of that kind of production of meat and poultry.

Alice Waters

I can’t imagine leaving the restaurant. It’s hard for me to separate my life from my work; I’m really thinking about what we’re doing every day.

Alice Waters

I used to think that I wanted to be a hat maker, but I don’t think that would have worked out.

Alice Waters

My mother made a lot of things because she thought they’d be healthy for us. There were some very unfortunate experiences with whole wheat bread and bananas. I always tried to get rid of that sandwich and eat one of my friends’ lunches.

Alice Waters