Culinary Arts

Alice's Philosophy of Food

Alice Waters

Lesson time 02:45 min

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.

Alice Waters
Teaches The Art of Home Cooking
In 16+ lessons, learn to cook beautiful, seasonal meals at home from the James Beard Award-winning founder of Chez Panisse.
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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.

I loved this class! Alice's sweet and heartfelt approach to her cooking really inspired me to see, feel, and think about food differently and to make cooking a homemade experience.

I've learned simple recipes and cooking techniques. I feel confident to put them into practice.

I love her use of old world cooking. I love her explanation of the herbs in her cooking. As I type this, I'm in the kitchen cooking a soup going to use her suggestion of frying rosemary in olive oil to finish meal off. Love her.

Alice taught me to be more sensitive to selecting, preparing and sharing food with others. Thank You, Wonderful time spent with a lovely ladyQ


Genevieve G.

Alice Waters brought into food a wonderful philosophy that completely changes the way we look at food: a holistic, caring and sustainable development perspective without sacrificing on the gastronomic delights that come with it! I truly love this Masterclass. Thank you Alice!!!

Heidi H.

I lost my mother just at the time I was getting married. I have always felt the void of a motherly figure teaching me the art of home cooking for a family (among other things, of course). Thank you so much for helping to fill this void, Alice. My mother was sweet and beautiful just like you. I loved every minute of the class!

Paulína S.

Oh she gives me such a nice warm feeling:) Can't wait to continue with this class! btw... am i the only one wishing her house was mine? A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

Liza B.

I love this class! Farm to table and simple instructions. It's my favorite class---very inspiring!

Carolyn H.

This class is wonderful! It's so inspiring! I want to watch it over and over.

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