From famed chef Alice Waters, a treat for anyone who loves France, food, adventure—or all three!
Fanny is a girl who knows a lot about food and cooking since she’s grown up in and around the famous restaurant Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California. When Fanny’s mother, Alice Waters, the chef and owner of Chez Panisse, starts to watch her favorite old French movies, Fanny knows soon they’ll be packing their bags and traveling to France for a visit. In this sparkling book of whimsical stories, Fanny recounts some of her most fun-filled adventures with French friends and food. Join Fanny as she helps cook a huge bouillabaisse in Provence; learns how to make fresh cheese from a shepherd high up in the Pyrenees mountains; hunts for wild oysters off the coast of Bordeaux, and discovers how one chicken can feed nine people, if served a certain way.
Fanny in France is also a beginner’s cookbook with forty simple, French-inspired recipes that encourage children and adults anywhere to cook and share delicious snacks and meals with family and friends using basic methods and the most sustainable ingredients.
About the Author
Alice Waters is Fanny’s mother and the noted chef, restaurateur and proprietor of Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California. She was an early advocate for the use of organic and locally grown food in restaurants, and has written a number of books and won numerous awards relating to her philosophy of food and eating. Before being a cook, Alice was a Montessori teacher and this experience inspired her to found the Edible Schoolyard Project whose mission is to create and establish a national edible education curriculum in all public schools – kindergarten through college. In 2010, Alice received the prestigious Légion d’honneur from the French government and in 2014 she received the National Humanities Medal.
Bob Carrau is a writer, screenwriter and artist who lives in San Francisco. He collaborated with Alice Waters on Fanny at Chez Panisse and has known Fanny her whole life.
Ann Arnold is a still-life painter. She illustrated Alice Waters’s Fanny at Chez Panisse and lives around the corner from the restaurant in Berkeley, California.
"Arnold’s airy, sun-drenched paintings intensify the warmth of this celebration of family, friends, and food." —Publishers Weekly
"Cheerful vignettes evoke Fanny’s experiences cooking, eating, and exploring her way around France . . . Arnold’s gorgeous ink and watercolor illustrations bring the French countryside and many lively meals to life." —School Library Journal