Are my skin-crawling reactions (here and here) to the tactics of Alice Waters a form of latent self-loathing? I’ll never know for sure, but as Eat Me Daily notes, Waters seems determined to reinforce every single stereotype of the Berkeley-bred, neo-hippy food police.
Having the opportunity of being on prime-time television, you’d think Alice Waters would show America how to prepare a quick and affordable, sustainable and organic meal, but no: Waters cooks up Leslie Stahl an incredibly time-consuming luxurious breakfast, with heirloom tomatoes (likely $5/lb) and an egg cooked in a long metal spoon that has to be hand-held over the fireplace in her kitchen.
I have no doubt that Waters’ breakfast was amazing, but bloody hell, she’s way past the point of self-parody here. Waters is Marcus Garvey; I’m on W.E.B. Dubois’ side.