Alice Waters, famed chef of Chez Panisse, revolutionized American cuisine as we know it. Through her Slow Food tenets, she has helped promote our values and well being through good cooking for over thirty years. The Art of Simple Food is her first book for the home kitchen, and it is fabulous! It’s not just great for beginner cooks, but it should be required reading in schools for children! As the title suggests, everything is broken down into simple terms, from her basic cooking philosophies and pantry-stocking to basic kitchen equipment and cutting techniques, in addition to over 200 everyday recipes. The book is well organized and executed, with gorgeous illustrations by Patricia Curtan. It’s an instant cookbook classic.