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June 2, 2021 @ 8:00 pm
We Are What We Eat: A Virtual Evening with Alice Waters & Kim Severson
Books & Books, Source Market + Table and Miami Book Fair present…
A Virtual Evening with
Alice Waters & Kim Severson
We Are What We Eat: A Slow Food Manifesto
(Penguin Press, $26)
Wednesday, June 2, 8pm ET | Live on Zoom
Books & Books, Harvard Book Store, and Politics and Prose welcome renowned, award-winning chef and food activist ALICE WATERS—vice president of Slow Food International and founder of the Edible Schoolyard Project—for a discussion of her latest book, We Are What We Eat: A Slow Food Manifesto. She will be joined in conversation by New York Times national food correspondent KIM SEVERSON.
Tickets + a copy of We Are What We Eat are available for $26 + tax/fee + shipping. Once you make your purchase, we will send you a private link to access the event. See below for detailed information on tickets.
About the Book:
In We Are What We Eat, Alice Waters urges us to take up the mantle of slow food culture, the philosophy at the core of her life’s work. When Waters first opened Chez Panisse in 1971, she did so with the intention of feeding people good food during a time of political turmoil. Customers responded to the locally sourced organic ingredients, to the dishes made by hand, and to the welcoming hospitality that infused the small space—human qualities that were disappearing from a country increasingly seduced by takeout, frozen dinners, and prepackaged ingredients. Waters came to see that the phenomenon of fast food culture, which prioritized cheapness, availability, and speed, was not only ruining our health, but also dehumanizing the ways we live and relate to one another.
Over years of working with regional farmers, Waters and her partners learned how geography and seasonal fluctuations affect the ingredients on the menu, as well as about the dangers of pesticides, the plight of fieldworkers, and the social, economic, and environmental threats posed by industrial farming and food distribution. So many of the serious problems we face in the world today—from illness, to social unrest, to economic disparity, and environmental degradation—are all, at their core, connected to food. Fortunately, there is an antidote. Waters argues that by eating in a “slow food way,” each of us—like the community around her restaurant—can be empowered to prioritize and nurture a different kind of culture, one that champions values such as biodiversity, seasonality, stewardship, and pleasure in work.
This is a declaration of action against fast food values, and a working theory about what we can do to change the course. As Waters makes clear, every decision we make about what we put in our mouths affects not only our bodies but also the world at large—our families, our communities, and our environment. We have the power to choose what we eat, and we have the potential for individual and global transformation—simply by shifting our relationship to food. All it takes is a taste.
About the Author:
Alice Waters is the executive chef, founder, and owner of Chez Panisse Restaurant and Café in Berkeley, California. The vice president of Slow Food International, she founded the Edible Schoolyard and has received the French Legion of Honor, the WSJ Magazine Humanitarian Innovator Award, and three James Beard Awards.
About the Moderator:
Kim Severson is a national food correspondent for the New York Times covering food trends and news across the United States. She was previously the New York Times Atlanta bureau chief and, before that, a staff writer for the Dining section of the Times. Severson won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for her contributions to the team that investigated sexual harassment and abuse against women. She has also won four James Beard awards and the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism for her work on childhood obesity. She has written four books, The Trans Fat Solution, The New Alaska Cookbook, a memoir called Spoon Fed: How Eight Cooks Saved My Life, and, in 2012, Cook Fight! a collaborative cookbook with fellow New York Times food writer Julia Moskin.
Once you have registered on Eventbrite, you will receive an email from us approximately 24 hours before the event starts with a unique zoom link for you to join.
Tier 1: U.S. GA (Includes book, signed bookplate and U.S. shipping):The purchase of this ticket admits (1) one person into the virtual event and includes (1) one copy of We Are What We Eat (Penguin Press, $26) and a signed bookplate. Please note that a fee of $6 is included for U.S. domestic shipping of the book. Limited Availability. First come, first served.
Tier 2: U.S. GA (Includes book and U.S shipping): The purchase of this ticket admits (1) one person into the virtual event and includes (1) one copy of We Are What We Eat (Penguin Press, $26). Please note that a fee of $6 is included for U.S. domestic shipping of the book.
When completing your order, please make sure that you include your complete shipping address and phone number. The book will be shipped to you following the event. Please note: Due to the pandemic the post office is being challenged by increased volume, staffing issues, and safety measures. We cannot guarantee the exact date of delivery but will do our best to make it as swift as possible.
Tier 3:International GA (Includes Book + Shipping): The purchase of this ticket includes access to the virtual conversation as well as one (1) copy of the book, We Are What We Eat (Penguin Press, $26 USD + tax/fee).
**Please Note: This option includes a flat rate international shipping fee of $25 USD for all overseas orders. Due to the pandemic, delivery timelines will vary. Please be advised that we cannot guarantee when you will receive the book, and we thank you for your understanding.
All books will be shipped AFTER the event.
When completing your order, please make sure that you include your complete shipping address and phone number.
Please note: Due to the pandemic the post office is being challenged by increased volume, staffing issues, and safety measures. Most orders within the U.S. deliver in about 10 business days from the date the book ships. International orders usually take longer and vary depending on the country of destination. We cannot guarantee the exact date of delivery, however, will do our best to make it as swift as possible. Thank you for your understanding.
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