The Year in Food 2007

Simple Cooking, Complicated Grocery Shopping

Activist-chef Alice Waters produced a new cookbook in October. The Art of Simple Food: Notes, Lessons, and Recipes from a Delicious Revolution makes a big deal out of where you get your ingredients (the opening pages list nine commandments according to Waters, including that you should shop at farmers’ markets and make sure your food is local and sustainable). Many of the recipes are uncharacteristically plain (bye-bye loquat sauce, hello boiled rice), suggesting that people should spend more time shopping than cooking. Waters did both with New York Times writer Kim Severson to publicize the book’s launch, revealing over lunch that she was single, and longing for “a good pal to be in the world with.” Food may be simple. Life is not. —Kate Ramos