Every foodie at UC Davis knows, and cringes at the fact, that the Michael Pollan is chilling at UC Berkeley, lecturing and stuff on a regular basis. It’s so close, and yet so far.
To make matters even worse, the Alice Waters — famed chef/owner of Chez Panisse and American pioneer of seasonal, sustainable cooking practices — was guest lecturing at Pollan’s class last Tuesday night.
Luckily, all of Pollan’s Edible Education lectures are posted on YouTube here, so we Davis-ites can pretend to be auditing the course every week.
Here’s the video of Waters. She starts speaking at about 10:15, stops at the 50th minute and answers a few student questions at the 1-hour-20-minute mark. She talks about trying to spread Slow Food values in a nation built on a fast food culture.
What is fast food culture? It’s why so many American consumers think fresh tomatoes grow year-round. It’s the idea that we want everything fast, cheap and easy.
Also, see pictures of UC Berkeley from when Waters attended and watch her caress various vegetables: “The beautiful thing about falling in love with food and seasonality is that it’s always changing. It’s always changing, and I’m always so excited.”