Thoughts by Alice Waters:
Good food is a right, not a privilege. It brings children into a positive relationship with their health, community and environment.
This is the power of gathering: it inspires us, delightfully, to be more hopeful, more joyful, more thoughtful: in a word, more alive.
When you have the best and tastiest ingredients, you can cook very simply and the food will be extraordinary because it tastes like what it is.
I believe that every child in this world needs to have a relationship with the land…to know how to nourish themselves…and to know how to connect with the community around them.
Cooking creates a sense of well-being for yourself and the people you love and brings beauty and meaning to everyday life. And all it requires is common sense – the common sense to eat seasonally.
How we eat can change the world
Teaching kids how to feed themselves and how to live in a community responsibly is the center of an education.
Because only slow food can teach us the things that really matter – care, beauty, concentration, discernment, sensuality, all the best that humans are capable of, but only if we take the time to think about what we’re eating.
The decisions you make are a choice of values that reflect your life in every way.
Our full humanity is contingent on our hospitality; we can be complete only when we are giving something away; when we sit at the table and pass the peas to the person next to us we see that person in a whole new way.
I am confident that we will see a growing consensus about the most effective way to transform food in America: building a real, sustainable and free school-lunch program.