This past weekend I had the pleasure of meeting one of my biggest inspiration, Alice Waters. For those of you who don’t know, Alice Waters pioneered the California Cuisine movement in the early 1970s, emphasizing the use of fresh and locally sourced ingredients and integrating them into healthy and flavorful dishes.
When I decided to start Lajollacooks4u ten years ago, I wanted to shine light on the importance on how eating healthy does not have to be boring. I drew from Alice and her famed restaurant, Chez Panisse, located in Berkeley, California. Going off of Alice’s farm-to-table movement, my husband and I decided to turn part of our backyard into a sustaining garden. We now plant and grow beautiful seasonal fruits and vegetables such as swiss chard, artichokes, cilantro, sage, carrots, strawberries, avocados, passion fruits and more.
With our garden in full bloom, cooking with our home grown produce elevated my dishes with fresh flavor and texture. I knew that what was happening in my garden and in my kitchen was something that had to be share. Thus, Lajollacooks4u was born!
When I met with Alice this past Sunday at San Diego’s famous Chino Farms, I expressed to Alice how much the California Cuisine movement meant to me. Alice and I swapped books (the Lajollacooks4u California Cuisine cookbook and Alice Water’s newest novel, Coming to my Senses) and discussed our love of healthy and organic food.
To learn more about Alice and the California Cusine movement, consider pre-ordering her latest book here: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/202685/coming-to-my-senses-by-alice-waters/9780307718280/
And don’t forget to pick up your own copy of Lajollacooks4u’s cookbook, California Cusine, here: https://lajollacooks4u.com/californian-cuisine-cookbook/