Alice Waters and the Trip to Delicious by Jacqueline Briggs Martin, illustrated by Hayelin Choi
A follow-up to Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table, Martin continues to focus on food creators in this new book about Alice Waters. It follows Waters from her studies in France where she learned about food. When she returned home, she wanted to share her food finds with her friends but her home was too small to accommodate all of them. So she created a new kind of restaurant that was like eating in someone’s home, Chez: Panisse. The book follows Waters on her quest to find fresh, locally-grown foods and produce. It finishes with her focus on children learning to grow their own foods in schoolyards across the country. This is a picture book biography that will inspire young readers to grow, eat, and discover their own trip to delicious.
Martin’s text reads as verse on the page, the stanzas unrhymed but spare and filled with moments in Waters’ life that are worth lingering over. Martin explains in simple terms what the goals of Waters are, but she also manages to inspire and let the ideas soar upwards on the page. She invites young readers to dream their own dreams, offering them a book about how one person accomplished theirs.
Choi’s art has a great feel to it with a mix of bright colors and a strong organic feel that is entirely appropriate to Waters. Throughout the illustrations, readers will see how important people are to Waters’ accomplishments from her friends to her team at the restaurants to the children who plant their school gardens.
A dynamic and delicious look at the life of Alice Waters, filled with all of the mouth-watering moments of her life. Appropriate for ages 6-9.
Reviewed from ARC received from Readers to Eaters.