Usually, cheap food is not nutritious. You're feeding people, but you're not really feeding people something that is good for them.

Alice Waters

Alice Waters

Profession: Chef
Nationality: American

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English food writer Elizabeth David, cook and author Richard Olney and the owner of Domaine Tempier Lulu Peyraud have all really inspired the way I think about food.

In countries around the world, people spend more money on food because they know how precious it is.

I don't think it ever works to tell people what they can't eat. They can do it for so long, and then they fall off. You have to bring them into a new relationship with food.

Organize yourself so you aren't struggling to shop at the last minute. When you have real food, it's very easy to cook.

If I weren't involved with food, I'd be working in architecture. Design is that critical to me.

If I've gone to the market on Saturday, and I go another time on Tuesday, then I'm really prepared. I can cook a little piece of fish; I can wilt some greens with garlic; I can slice tomatoes and put a little olive oil on. It's effortless.

We have to bring children into a new relationship to food that connects them to culture and agriculture.

I came to all the realizations about sustainability and biodiversity because I fell in love with the way food tastes. That was it. And because I was looking for that taste I feel at the doorsteps of the organic, local, sustainable farmers, dairy people and fisherman.

I once had an Early Girl tomato at my friend Jay's house, and I thought that was the best thing I'd ever had. But then I visited friends in Senegal, and I ate sea urchin pulled fresh out of the sea. It tasted like the ocean.

Food culture is like listening to the Beatles - it's international, it's very positive, it's inventive and creative.

People have become aware that way that we've been eating is making us sick.

I am disappointed because nobody is talking about food and agriculture. They're talking about the diets of children, but they're talking about Band-Aids. We're not seeing a vision.

If we want children to learn to tend the land and nourish themselves and have conversations at the table, we need to communicate with them in ways that are positive.

Food can be very transformational, and it can be more than just about a dish. That's what happened to me when I first went to France. I fell in love. And if you fall in love, well, then everything is easy.