The way to solve problems is through food. I believe that the whole world has to be educated. Every decision we make is a very political decision. If we change the way we eat, we will have tremendous effect.
The highest court was the last hope for Drake Bay Oyster Company (DBOC) to stay in business; after almost a decade of political and legal wrangling, the family-run farm has been evicted from its home of 70 years.
When I had Alice Waters over to my house for dinner, there was just one thing I wanted from her: to learn how to make real restaurant-style salad dressing the way she makes it. I needed to know the secret!
I remember school cafeteria food -- with a certain amount of horror -- but not actually eating it. What I remember was our lunch lady cashier, who was huge and mustached and who scared the bejesus out of me. Once, as I paid for lunch, I dropped a coin into my spaghetti.
When I first moved to California, I marveled at the fact that I had a lemon tree in my backyard. As a sometime chef, I consider lemons the prime secret ingredient making most dishes sing-and-zing with flavor.
Alice Waters didn't set out to start a revolution. When the former Montessori teacher and Francophile opened up her Craftsman bungalow in 1971, she just wanted to offer a convivial place to break bread like the places she admired in Europe.
Chef Allegra McEvedy loves her knives, all 100 of them, each with a story to tell. Though it's hard to say what she likes more: her vast collection of knives or her world travels on which she collects these specimens of international chefdom.