How did Alice Waters decide to become a chef?

I went to France when I was 19. I don’t know whether I ever really seriously thought about food before I went to France, but I was just taken in. I was surprised by the market and by the little restaurants, and the delicious bread, and all of the ways that people were living their lives. I wanted to live like that. So when I came back, I started to cook for my friends. Then I started teaching Montessori school, and I just thought, “I’d really like to cook.” And maybe this would be a way that I could have my friends come and eat, but then they’d pay for it.

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