Alice Waters' Unsavory Political Agenda

Marian Burros wrote a piece for the Wednesday New York Times food section that expanded on her blog post detailing a meeting between ex-White House Chef Walter Scheib and Alice Waters. Waters just can't let things go:

Ms. Waters suggested they form an advisory group to work on planting gardens, and not just at the White House. “Why couldn’t we do this at Monticello and Mount Vernon?” she said. “We have to work closely together to convince Mrs. Obama.”

Even after being proved wrong by Scheib that the White House had, in fact, been local and organic for years — even after her suggestions for a replacement White House chef were resoundingly ignored by the Obamas — Waters just won't quit. Sure, being all local and organic is admirable and important. But maybe, just maybe, there are more important things going on — there's a thing called the global economic collapse — has she heard of it?

Guess not, because all she can go on about is how much she wants the Obamas to plant some friggin gardens, which of course she'd gladly advise on. Hoping to latch on to the current state of political goodwill, Waters just can't think bigger picture, and instead only seeks to further her own agenda.

Relatedly, in an interview yesterday with DCist, Anthony Bourdain had this to say about Alice Waters:

Alice Waters annoys the living shit out of me. We're all in the middle of a recession, like we're all going to start buying expensive organic food and running to the green market. There's something very Khmer Rouge about Alice Waters that has become unrealistic. I mean I'm not crazy about our obsession with corn or ethanol and all that, but I'm a little uncomfortable with legislating good eating habits. I'm suspicious of orthodoxy, the kind of orthodoxy when it comes to what you put in your mouth.

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