Alice Waters' just-released first memoir, 'Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook.' (Courtesy of @alicelouisewaters)

Alice Waters Releases a Juicy Memoir, Watch Burning Man in Hyperlapse + More Bay Area Stories

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This week's Bay Area stories you may have missed.

Alice Waters Debuts Long-Awaited Memoir, Coming To My Senses, SFist

Berkeley's grande dame of local eating, sustainability and Cal-Med cuisine, Alice Waters, has as of today released her first memoir, titled Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook. The book covers her slightly wild teenage years, complete with pregnancy scares, getting kicked out of a sorority on "moral" grounds, backpacking through Europe in the 1960s, her first (and only) acid trip, and her fateful move to Berkeley in 1964, where seven years later she would open her "little French restaurant" Chez Panisse. Read more.


Watch 9 days of Burning Man festivities in 2 minutes, SFGate

A hyperlapse video from the nine-day annual celebration in Nevada almost makes you feel like you were actually there (without having to endure the blazing hot temperatures and dust clouds, that is). Watch it.


Top U.S. tech companies founded by immigrants are worth over $3 trillion, Recode

As the Trump Administration attempts to decrease the number of legal immigrants it allows into the U.S., it's helpful to remember that we are a country of immigrants. More than half of the 25 most valuable tech companies in the U.S. have a founder that was either a first- or second-generation American. Read more.


Why eye-popping whale shows off the California coast are the new normal, SF Chronicle

Humpbacks have put on a show this summer inside and outside the Golden Gate — flopping around, waving their flukes and leaping out of the water — a bonanza for whale watchers in tour boats and on dry land that scientists say will remain a regular thing.

The ballet of the behemoths, far from a one-time event, is the result of the humpbacks recovering from near-extinction thanks to an international whaling ban, intense conservation and protection of their breeding grounds. Read more.


Dominique Crenn, San Pellegrino's 'Best Female Chef,' Calls Out Company For (Latest) Gender Bias, SF Eater

Dominique Crenn (Atelier Crenn, Petit Crenn) is delivering a long-delayed memo to San Pellegrino this week, casually observing in an Instagram post that, you know, women represent half the population, and calling out the company for including far more men than women in its award competitions. The post was a response to San Pellegrino's 2018 Young Chef competition, where 37 jurors from nine different regions of the contest all have one thing in common: They're dudes. Read more.

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