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‘A beautifully written celebration of food, home, and above all, family’Jamie Oliver
‘So charming and beautiful’ – Gwyneth Paltrow
‘The most delicious kind of memoir’ – The Times

Stories and recipes from growing up as the daughter of revered chef/restaurateur Alice Waters: food, family, and the need for beauty in all aspects of life.

In this extraordinarily intimate portrait of her mother – and herself – Fanny Singer, daughter of food icon and activist Alice Waters, chronicles a unique world of food, wine, and travel; a world filled with colourful characters, mouth-watering traditions, and sumptuous feasts.

Across dozens of vignettes with accompanying recipes, she shares the story of her own culinary coming of age, and reveals a side of her legendary mother that has never been seen before. A charming, smart translation of Alice Waters’ ideals and attitudes about food for a new generation, Always Home is a loving, often funny, unsentimental, and exquisitely written look at a life defined in so many ways by food, as well as the bond between mother and daughter.

‘Singer’s writing reminds me about everything important to me in life, the four f’s: friends, food, family and fun’ – Claire Ptak, owner of Violet bakery
‘Fanny [is] a seductive wordsmith of deliciousness!’ Sally Clarke, owner of Clarke’s Restaurant
‘Fanny’s confident, honest, warm words beautifully read like a foodie fairy tale’ – Skye Gyngell, owner of Spring Restaurant
‘A true delight to read, full of pearls of homely wisdom.’
Lily Cole
‘A delicious book and deserving of all the praise already heaped on it.’ – Bryan Ferry
‘Joyful, witty and loving…A book like no other, an instant classic.’ – Al Hilton, staff writer at The New Yorker

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Written by the daughter of Alice Waters, doyenne of Chez Panisse a Californian restaurant that changed the thinking about food being seasonal and local, with a focus on good ingredients rather than cheffiness. Waters promoted the farm to table way of eating and is an activist for good food in schools. This memoir is a series of vignettes or glimpses of Fanny's life growing up living above the shop ... A hymn to the pleasures of life, with summers spent in the South of France and good friends equally passionate about food.
[A] lovely memoir
The i
A hymn of praise to simple home-cooked food
The Times