Memphian McNamee Writes the Book on Alice Waters and Chez Panisse 

Alice Waters and Chez Panisse, native Memphian Thomas McNamee's book about Waters and the famed Berkeley, California, eatery she opened in 1971, is brand-new from Penguin, but it's already stirring up heat.

Is it or is it not a probing look at what the book's subtitle calls "the romantic, impractical, often eccentric, ultimately brilliant making of a food revolution"? Or is it, according to one Bay Area reporter, a book "content with surface narrative" -- in other words, the very book the reserved Waters would wish? Or is it, in the words of Entertainment Weekly, "amusing" but not the "last dish on Waters"?

Let the reviewers have their say, but can we officially retire the word "dish" from any and all future references to hot restaurant tell-alls? Get your own copy at local bookstores or online.


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment



Film/TV/Etc. Blog


News Blog

Supreme Court Steps In on Fayette Church Matter

Intermission Impossible

Muhammad Ali Meets Stepin Fetchit at The Hattiloo Theatre

News Blog

Task Force Considers Medical Cannabis

News Blog

Trolleys Return to the Tracks for Testing

Music Blog

Jessi Zazu: In Memoriam

Beyond the Arc

Deflections: The Roster, TV Angst, and The Buy/Sell Clause

Film/TV/Etc. Blog

The Vietnam War

We Saw You

Cooper-Young Fest, Big Bugs, Art of Caring

Music Blog

Linda Heck: Bound to ExCITM tonight


More by John Branston

  • Pit Stops

    Ten BBQ joints worth a day trip from Memphis.
    • May 16, 2013
  • Where Do We Go From Here? | School Choice

    Modest voter turnouts notwithstanding, next week’s referendum is key to the schools’ future.
    • Mar 3, 2011
  • Great Deal or "Get Real"?

    Condos go for half-price in a unique Mindtown neighborhood.
    • Jul 28, 2010
  • More »

Readers also liked…

© 1996-2017

Contemporary Media
460 Tennessee Street, 2nd Floor | Memphis, TN 38103
Visit our other sites: Memphis Magazine | Memphis Parent | Inside Memphis Business
Powered by Foundation