The Edible Education 101 course was created in conjunction with the 40th anniversary celebration of Chez Panisse Restaurant and Café in Berkeley, California. Alice Waters, founder of Chez Panisse and the Edible Schoolyard Project, launched the course in partnership with University of California, Berkeley to bring edible education to the university level. The course, a unique hybrid public lecture series and for-credit class, has been offered to undergraduate students and members of the general public for four semesters since 2011.
The 2015 course is instruced by Garrison Sposito and co-hosted by Mark Bittman and Robert Haas.
For the past 25 years, MICHAEL POLLAN has been writing books and articles about the places where nature and culture intersect: on our plates, in our farms and gardens, and in the built environment. He is the author, most recently, of Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation, the latest of his five New York Times bestsellers: Food Rules: An Eater's Manual (2010); In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto (2008); The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals (2006); and The Botany of Desire: A Plant's- Eye View of the World (2001). The Omnivore's Dilemmawas named one of the ten best books of 2006 by both the New York Times and the Washington Post. It also won the California Book Award, the Northern California Book Award, and the James Beard Award. A contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine since 1987, his articles have also appeared in Harper's Magazine (where he served as executive editor from 1984 to 1994), National Geographic, Mother Jones, the Nation,the New York Review of Books, Vogue, Travel + Leisure, Gourmet, House & Garden, and Gardens Illustrated, among others. In 2009, he appeared in a two-hour PBS special based on The Botany of Desire and in the documentary, Food Inc., which was nominated for an Academy Award. In 2003, Pollan was appointed the John S. and James L. Knight Professor of Journalism at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism, and the director of the Knight Program in Science and Environmental Journalism. In addition to teaching, he lectures widely on food, agriculture, health, and the environment. Michael Pollan was educated at Bennington College, University of Oxford, and Columbia University.
Edible Education 101 is presented by the Edible Schoolyard Project, UC Berkeley Food Institute, College of Natural Resources, and UC Global Food Initiative with support from the UC Berkeley's Chancellor's Office, and the Epstein-Roth Foundation.
Edible Education 101 artwork designed by Julie Van Scoy.