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Workshop: Japanese Umami Foods Expert

Posted March 17, 2014 by | Comments Off | ]
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Maybe you’ve made Dashi using instant dashi powder. Too easy? Then maybe you’ve learned how to make it with packaged bonito flakes. But have you ever seen or held true artisanal Katsuobushi that’s as hard as a piece of wood?
A master of Japanese fermented foods is coming to town. Mamiko Niashiyama is the proprietor of Yagicho Honten, a 300-year-old family owned traditional Japanese grocery shop in …

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Books on Food: 12 Reads for the Long Run

Posted December 13, 2013 by | Comments Off | ]
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These books are an eclectic group from gifted authors whose recipes, tips, instruction and/or explanation of techniques will edify the way you look at ingredients and how you transform them into meals. Look at these authors like the mentors they are and embrace what they have to say. This was the hardest category to narrow down. I get literally hundreds of books a year …

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The Best Culinary Reads of 2013

Posted December 12, 2013 by | Comments Off | ]
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Some food books aren’t cookbooks.  They can be reference works or omnibus volumes or inspirational books that straddle the line between cookbook, history and personal voyage. There were so many great ones this year, which is terrific for we readers, so I apologize if I’ve left out your favorite. My absolute favorite culinary read of the year were Bill Buford’s essays found in the giant …

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In Defense of the Uncookable Cookbook: Eight Books That Will Inspire You

Posted December 11, 2013 by | Comments Off | ]
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I get an average of 200 cookbooks a year sent to me. Yes, it’s like a dream, occasionally a nightmare actually. Sometimes so many arrive in one day that I start to fantasize about making furniture out of them. But this year was an order of magnitude of not only the quantity of books, but the quality. It was the year the coffee table …

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Marcella Hazan, My Mentor

Posted September 30, 2013 by | Comments Off | ]
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Marcella Hazan died this past weekend.  She was a monumental, irresistible force, a cultural crusader of the best kind.  Opinionated, severe if provoked – the whistle she brandished in classes became legendary.  And yet, for a generation of home cooks she became the Italian aunt we wished we had.
You know how people talk about being hit by a lightening bolt of love at first …

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Spinning for Flour and the Best Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever

Posted September 27, 2013 by | 3 Comments | ]
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I’m back home just a couple of days from the intense and intensely interesting Good Food trip to the Pacific Northwest and I still don’t want to let go of the memories so I remember our visit to Kim Boyce‘s lovely Bakeshop in Portland and decide to bake her Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies.  I can feel you rolling your eyes.  You don’t understand, I’m …

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What to do on Sunday: Weho Book Fair + Thai Fest 2013

Posted September 26, 2013 by | Comments Off | ]
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If you love books and you love eating there’s a lot to do on Sunday.
I’ll be interviewing Anne Willan at the Culinary Pavilion of the Book Fair at 1pm then running to the Thai Fest 2013 to lead a discussion of Thai Cuisine in America  at 4:30pm with an exciting mix of chefs (Jet Tila, Curtis Stone, Sang Yoon, Andy Ricker, & Kris Yenbamroong).
The …

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French Cooking Class Comes to LA: Meet Susan Loomis from On Rue Tatin

Posted July 16, 2013 by | 2 Comments | ]
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I’m often asked to recommend cooking classes abroad for folks who travel. I’m lucky to have talented friends and colleagues all over the globe who teach and write about food.  One of them, Susan Loomis is visiting LA this month from her home in Louviers, France for three days of immersive French cooking. Classes are July 29-31.
The participation classes will take place in the kitchen …

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Eat Well + Do Good on Sunday: Taste of the Nation and Bakers Will Bake

Posted June 8, 2013 by | Comments Off | ]
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Summertime always brings us lots of opportunities to support great organizations by eating really well.  All we have to do is choose our event and buy a little something to eat. This Sunday there are two events I’d like to share.  If you have good time management skills you could even manage to do both of them.
You can start your morning at The Hollywood Farmers …

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How Did Your Parents Influence Your Relationship with Food?

Posted May 10, 2013 by | Comments Off | ]
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This week on the show, we put that question to Elissa Altman, author of the beautiful new memoir Poor Man’s Feast and a James Beard Award-winning blog by the same name. Elissa grew up in a New York suburb where the hair was big, the housewives were busy, and the lamb chops were often ablaze.

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