From Julia Child to Bill Clinton: 10 prominent diners at Chez Panisse

Chez Panisse, the restaurant opened by Alice Waters in 1971, is among the most famous restaurants in the United States. And we all know celebrity attracts celebrities from all walks of life. Even Waters herself is something of a household name these days because of the restaurant and her decades-long campaign for local, seasonal food. But there’s more to Waters' story - and more notables - than a mere roster of those who showed up at the restaurant’s door in Berkeley, Calif.

Waters’ new memoir, “Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook” (Clarkson Potter, $27), is well-peppered with bold-faced names - then men and women she encountered over an eventful and productive life, much of it lived in the Bay Area. The names she drops - and she does it naturally as part of whatever tale she’s telling - are people in the worlds of cinema, politics and, of course, food.

Here, from her book, are 10 notable people she encountered.

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