From Alice Waters's MasterClass

Alice's Philosophy of Food

Meet Alice in her home kitchen as she introduces you to her philosophy of cooking. She’ll teach you how to cook deliciously, with spontaneity, and in harmony with nature.

Topics include: Alice's Philosophy of Food


Meet Alice in her home kitchen as she introduces you to her philosophy of cooking. She’ll teach you how to cook deliciously, with spontaneity, and in harmony with nature.

Topics include: Alice's Philosophy of Food

Alice Waters

Teaches The Art of Home Cooking

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I believe that cooking is about using all of your senses. And you want to be able to smell the food and taste it, look at it, touch it, even listen to it. I want you to learn how to think about food and cooking and eating in a different way. Once you know how to discern for yourself, you will be freed from recipes and ingredients lists, and you will know how it feels to cook in this way, full of excitement, discovery, and even joy. This kind of cooking is more accessible than you really think. Because if you start with really good ingredients, you don't have to do much to them. It's believing that you can do this, and I think that I can really help you believe. I've wanted to do this Masterclass in my own kitchen, in my own house, so you could have a sense of how I live. I'm going to introduce you to my daughter, Fanny, who grew up in this kitchen and who is, herself, a wonderful cook. And I'm going to take you to Chez Panisse, to my backyard garden, to the farmer's market, and even the Edible Schoolyard Project. I believe if you begin cooking this way, that it will really change your life. It did mine. I'm Alice Waters, and this is my Masterclass.

Farm-to-table cooking

Alice Waters started America’s farm-to-table revolution. When she founded the iconic restaurant Chez Panisse, her local, organic ingredients sparked a movement and earned her the James Beard Award for Outstanding Chef. In her first-ever online cooking class, Alice opens the doors of her home kitchen to teach you how to pick seasonal ingredients, create healthy and beautiful meals, and change your life by changing the food you make at home.


Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

This is simply wonderful. Alice's demeanor is calming and encouraging... just lovely. I want to incorporate a garden into my life - and begin cooking more spontaneously.

Alice's simplicity is wonderful and absolutely inspiring. She made me want to try harder to use natural and organic ingredients and have a more sustainable approach in my cooking

Enjoyed this class so much, thank you. please more masterclasses with Alice. I've never come across Alice before which is just a shame, i will need to look into her books.

This was lovely. Great time for me because I retired and am thinking about being slower and more deliberate with my food. We have a lovely Farmer's Market just a mile or two away, and several other wonderful ones in the area. This is about a mindset and that's what I want to adjust. I know It's already had an impact. I'll come back and do this course again as I am ready to incorporate more.


Deborah L.

This course has changed my life!!! Thank you, Alice! I’m cooking and creating and my plates are filled with joy!

A fellow student

It would be great to be able to recognize when a vegetable is at its peak and then know how to cook it.

A fellow student

Sounds good. My family is made up of terrible cooks. I call it can, box and burn. It comes in a can or a box and is usually burnt or over cooked with the addition of dry overcooked meat. My friend is a great cook and suggested this class.


Alice's love for food, the time and careful preparation that she puts into each dish is like a harmony. I love cooking and having dinner parties, she has opened my eyes and increased my knowledge to preparing new dishes and using fresh herbs and spices that I never would have. Thank you Alice!

Pia F.

i cant see the lessons, i can only listen to them, but the video is off sight

Sharon T.

This has been a magnificent series! I have been captivated by Alice’s love for food which is exemplified by her planning and preparation. Her years of experience shines through with her dialogue and the ease with which she prepares everything presented. I loved that she included her daughter, as I have 3 grown daughters and just made a cookbook for them with our cherished family recipes. I will watch this again and again!

A fellow student From the point of Expressive Arts Coach, I am increasingly interested in how the ethics of an individual influence various daily acts, tasks, habitual patterns, such as the food preparation, and in this case - how does Alice Waters juggle the matters of cognitive dissonance around feminism and other pressing for our society subjects. I have been Alice’s huge fan, and we both had the opportunity to try to come to the rescue for each other, although at different times and different circumstances, unexpectedly in both cases... Indeed, the demand for standing up for what we believe at times may come as a planned interview. But, more often, we have to face the demand for making a moral choice unexpectedly. And that is the time, when our ability to follow our heart, hopefully linked to the moral values, is the key to making the right move instantaneously. However... Alice Waters has this gut feeling. And that is why she had gotten thus far... And it transpires in everything she does, including the food-related matters. (I do hope, that Ms. Alice Waters reads this msg and dares to include this theme into her upcoming presentations. And this music-centered inspiration msg may be just what might have been need to get started on that and with no more delay now too.) With much gratitude (and hope to be heard and understood correctly too) Rozalina Gutman P.s. This music based msg with heart felt truth may be just the inspiration that had been missing. Enjoy and feel free to pass on and share with friends in the musical circles and everywhere else.

Ericson H.

Comparing Alice Waters' Masterclasses to Thomas Keller, Gordon Ramsay and Wolfgang Puck, this is my favorite one so far. I can watch it over and over without getting bored. Unlike Keller and Ramsay's classes which shows "fundamental" (beginners) techniques, this class does not. It immediately dives deep into ADVANCED concepts even for well trained cooks. You can apply these concepts broadly to help you in your culinary journey. My #2 favorite is Wolfgang Puck. He's a great teacher and I like his lessons on business philosophy and humble story growing up. ALL the cooking classes are excellent - but if you want advanced, go for Alice!

Caroline W.

it feels like the class is not about how to cook but how to live. I love her presence and the energy Alice gives at this space, even though I don't know her before today. look forward to it

Dianna Z.

It's taken me a lot of years to get to the point where I can cook semi-edible real food - hoping this class will help me actually enjoy it more than I do. And make it taste better.