Alice Waters is more than the famed chef of Chez Panisse, she is a vocal advocate for the rights of seasonal real produce. The reason I admire her so deeply and resonate with her message is the way she opens to the public authentically and boldly speaks of a “delicious revolution”. Her book entitled The Art of Simple Food is the fundamental building block of cooking, and in my opinion an important force in the “delicious revolution” movement which is sweeping the globe. Simplicity is the key and underpins the fast paced, exhausted lifestyle we are trying to escape but don’t know how.
As the “delicious revolution” movement unfolds it uncovers a depth of flavor and intimacy that steam rolls deep into the belly of the beast. To create a simple meal from simple ingredients is an art that doesn’t require knowing how to make fancy sauces at all. Simple ingredients may simply be referred to as whole ingredients like vegetables and fruits, the building block of good health.
Taking the full effects of this “delicious revolution” into our kitchens we begin to weave back into our lives a thread of connection to the land and through the art of cooking express the seasonal abundance to it’s fullest, with benefit to all.
It’s common knowledge that vegetables are packed full of vitamins and minerals, but now we know through science that fruits and vegetables contain many important compounds that fight cancer, heart disease, diabetes and blood pressure. The “delicious revolution” puts eating at the fore front of your lives and quietly causes ripple effects in many directions. Good health is the most important affect that we can measure over time. Healthy soils equal healthy vegetables equal healthy people and food is medicine.
National Geographic researchers discovered and published recently that the average vegetable travels 5000 miles from source to consumption. Eating seasonally and sourcing from within your regional food shed is a radical revolutionary act to mitigate this serious environmental crisis. A tread lightly footprint is fueled by the delicious nature of the food that is procured in season, fresh and full of the health giving properties that your body needs, resounds of sustainability and creates true wealth.
With gratitude to Alice for bringing us the humility to look at ourselves and get back to simple living, not as a way to “pinch pennies” but as a way to greater abundance and freedom.