July 15, 2013 |
We may not have heard the last of Ruth Bourdain . When Josh Friedland, the author of the long-running Twitter parody decloaked Thursday in the New York Times , some assumed he might be hanging it up for good. In fact, Friedman himself might have assumed that. But today he's already having second thoughts. Much to the relief of tens of thousands of followers. “I'm leaving my options open,” Friedland said from his home in Maplewood, N.J. “This [decloaking] wasn't necessarily coupled with a plan to end it. On the other hand, I thought I'd just about done everything I could do with the character.
November 13, 2012 |
ANTHONY BOURDAIN: Chef-TV-personality Anthony Bourdain embarks on his multinational (the U.S. and Canada) speaking tour, dubbed "Guts and Glory," stopping on the West Coast after the holidays. Tickets go on sale Friday morning for his Los Angeles appearance with Roy Choi on April 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Pantages Theater. Prices start at $35, available online at BroadwayLA.org , by phone at (800) 982-2787, or in person at the Pantages Box Office (open daily at 10 a.m.). For more information: AnthonyBourdainonTour.com . BIERBEISL, OFF THE MENU: BierBeisl chef Bernhard Mairinger, who also has taken on the role of pastry chef, is making an off-the-menu dessert that you'll have to ask for by describing it (it doesn't have a name)
February 12, 2013 |
Somm alert! This may just get me to watch tonight's episode of ABC's “ The Taste ,” the new cooking competition show starring Anthony Bourdain , Nigella Lawson and San Diego's hyperactive restaurateur Brian Malarkey . Why? Because the guest is winemaker André Hueston Mack , former finance guy and ex-sommelier at the French Laundry and former head sommelier at Per Se, both Thomas Keller restaurants. You can't get credentials much better than that. After four years of high-profile sommelier work, Mack left all that in 2007 to found his own wine company called Mouton Noir (Black Sheep)
January 27, 2013 |
Click here to download TV listings for the week of Jan. 27 - Feb. 2, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies SERIES The Biggest Loser: They stock the kitchen with healthful groceries on a budget in this new episode (8 p.m. NBC). The Carrie Diaries: Carrie (AnnaSophia Robb) confronts Sebastian (Austin Butler) after finding some disturbing information about his past in her father's (Matt Letscher) work files in this new episode (8 p.m. KTLA)
November 14, 2012 |
Click here to download TV listings for the week Nov. 18 - 24 in PDF format This week's TV Movies SUNDAY There's No Doubt you'll be in the Pink when they Usher you into the "The 40th Anniversary American Music Awards. " Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj are just two of the other scheduled performers we couldn't work into that sentence. (KABC, 8 p.m.) Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy were bad … but nothing when compared to "The Dust Bowl" of the 1930s.
November 2, 2012 |
Click here to download TV listings for the week Nov. 4 - 10 in PDF format This week's TV Movies SUNDAY From Washington, D.C., to a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, the new docudrama "SEAL Team Six: The Raid on Osama bin Laden" details the effort to track down and take out the world's most-wanted terrorist. (National Geographic, 8 and 11 p.m.) MONDAY Have camera, will travel: "Witness," a new docu-series from filmmaker Michael Mann and commercial director David Frankham, follows photojournalists as they ply their trade in such strife-torn locales as Mexico, Brazil, Libya and South Sudan.
February 13, 2013 |
Things are finally heating up both in and out of the kitchen on ABC's "The Taste. " On Tuesday night's episode, personalities clashed and even the judges found themselves at each other's throats during judgment. For the team challenge, each contestant prepared a food and wine pairing with an Alamos Malbec from Argentina. Each team selects one spoonful to represent the team. If that spoonful is chosen as the best, the chef who prepared it gets immunity. Former sommelier at the French Laundry and former head sommelier at Per Se, André Hueston Mack , and David Kinch of Manresa Restaurant acted as guest judges and mentors. The chefs turned into anxiety monsters while the mentors decided which spoon would represent the teams.
January 30, 2013 |
The blind taste auditions finally came to an end on Tuesday night's episode of "The Taste. " Typically, the auditions are the best part of any competition. Those shows highlight the wackiest, worst, no-business-being-on-TV people for your entertainment pleasure. But I got a little bored with "The Taste. " Watching judges Ludo Lefebvre, Nigella Lawson, Brian Malarkey and Anthony Bourdain wear the same clothing they did in the first episode, but pretend it was a different day, and send chef after chef home with no real reason left me wanting more, and frustrated with the show's premise.
March 6, 2013 |
A perspicacious Twitter follower named Jim Lawrence summed it up in a single sentence: “This is the 21st century: the only things in my timeline right now are Chavez and @Nigella_Lawson” So just how Twitter-ific is the star of “The Taste”? Would you believe 27 tweets in the five-hour period surrounding the show's airing (separate times for the coasts)? All told, there were more than 60 tweets from the assorted co-hosts -- and that's with one of them incognito. Among Lawson's pearls of wisdom: “Wearing @lwrenscott Postmistress Dress for @TheTasteABC tonight,” she tweeted at the start of the show.
February 20, 2013 |
If you read only one food story today (not that I'm advising that), you absolutely must read Andy Greenwald's brilliant piece on food television on Grantland . Not only is it a smart analysis of how the genre has devolved from Julia and Jacques to Rachael and Guy, but it's studded with enough laugh-out-loud lines to make any ordinary writer's year. Emeril Lagasse was “A lumbering, rump roast of a man who cooked like Paul Prudhomme but talked like the Gorton's Fisherman.” (Now he's “a Wookie in winter.”)