Organic chef Nora Pouillon founded America’s first certified organic restaurant, Restaurant Nora, in 1979, in Washington DC. It has been a hot spot for reporters, celebrities, and politicians from Jimmy Carter to the Obamas. On this week’s Sprouts, Pouillon discusses her life and her new book My Organic Life: How a Pioneering Chef Helped Shape the Way We Eat Today.
Featured Guest: Nora Pouillon – Hers is the story of an unheralded culinary pioneer who made it her mission to bring delicious, wholesome foods to the American table. While growing up on a farm in the Austrian Alps and later in Vienna, she was surrounded by fresh and delicious foods; when she moved to the US in the 1960s, she was horrified to discover a culinary culture dominated by hormone-bloated meat and unseasonal vegetables. First as a cooking teacher, then as a restaurant owner, and eventually as the country s premier organic restaurateur, she charted a path that forever changed our relationship with what we eat.
Along the way, Nora redefined what food could be, forging close relationships with local producers and launching initiatives to take the organic movement mainstream.
As much the story of America’s postwar culinary history as it is a memoir, My Organic Life encompasses the birth of the farm-to-table movement, including the proliferation of greenmarkets and the evolution of the chef into social advocate.