Thoughts by Alice Waters:
Thoughts by Alice Waters About Children
It’s about children cooking themselves, growing themselves. When kids grow it and cook it they eat it.
I believe there should be breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack, all for free and for every child that goes to school.
Create a garden; bring children to farms for field trips.
I want every child in America to eat a nutritious, delicious, sustainable sourced school lunch for free.
Thoughts by Alice Waters About Community
It’s a pleasure to talk to the farmers. That’s my favorite part, always was. It’s really the communication and exchange that builds communities.
The dinner table is a rite of civilization and we need to participate in that to keep our families together, to keep our communities together.
Teaching kids how to feed themselves and how to live in a community responsibly is the center of an education.
Good food is a right, not a privilege. It brings children into a positive relationship with their health, community and environment.
Thoughts by Alice Waters About Cooking
Cooking and shopping for food brings rhythm and meaning to our lives.
We’ve been so disconnected agriculturally and culturally from food. We spend more time on dieting than on cooking.
Cooking creates a sense of well-being for yourself and the people you love and brings beauty and meaning to everyday life.
Thoughts by Alice Waters About Culture
We’re so disconnected from agriculture – from the culture in agriculture.
I think Americas food culture is embedded in fast-food culture.
The resistance comes, again, from the fast-food culture.
I feel it is an obligation to help people understand the relation of food to agriculture and the relationship of food to culture.
Thoughts by Alice Waters About Eating
How are we going to teach slow-food values in a fast-food world? Of course, its very, very difficult to do, especially when children have grown up eating fast food and the values that go with that.
Change the curriculum and teach them how to garden and how to cook and we can show that growing food and cooking and eating together give lasting richness, meaning, and beauty to our lives.
Eating is an environmental act.
Thoughts by Alice Waters About Environment
Need to learn how to talk about food and education, because they haven’t been talked about together, really. Education depends on our good health. It depends on our understanding of the environment and somehow we got those separate.
The biggest thing right now, is supporting the people who take care of the environment.
We have to realize that it’s important to pay farmers up front, because they are taking care of the land.
Thoughts by Alice Waters About Fast Food
The problem with living in a fast-food nation is that we expect food to be cheap.
People cooked with a certain integrity before fast food, 50 or 60 years ago. When the cheap food arrived, and we didn’t have the education and deep cultural roots to hold on, we got swept away by fast, cheap and easy.
Thoughts by Alice Waters About Gardens
It’s a comfort to always find pasta in the cupboard and garlic and parsley in the garden.
I think its 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.
Always explore your garden and go to the market before you decide what cook.
Thoughts by Alice Waters About Giving
It’s that you’re giving me the best bread I ever had and I’m so happy to give you money for it.
I have always thought of it as a way to empower students to learn, to give them confidence, and to nourish them.
Our full humanity is contingent on our hospitality; we can be complete only when we are giving something away.
Thoughts by Alice Waters About School
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.
if 20% of the population is in school, and they are asked to buy this food from farms.
It’s unfair to charge for food in schools, especially to charge for food that is making children sick.
I think the centerpiece has to be a free, sustainable school lunch for every child.