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May 5, 2008 | Scott Timberg, Times Staff Writer
Mark Sarvas, who was raised in a Hungarian Jewish family in Queens, N.Y., has become notorious as the acid-fingered blogger at the Elegant Variation, a literary site he launched in 2003. Right out of the gate, he's been a champion of authors he loves -- John Banville, J.M. Coetzee, Zadie Smith -- and a harsh critic of those he doesn't: the Los Angeles Times Book Review, British provocateur Christopher Hitchens, literary "it" boy Keith Gessen, and, going back to the site's first week, writer Steve Almond.
March 21, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
Call me flabbergasted. Deliberately destroy six entire vintages of a fabled wine, and the Italian justice system metes out a measly four-year sentence? Two less than the prosecutor requested, actually. Sentenced was Andrea Di Gisi, a former employee of Gianfranco Soldera of Case Basse , a top Montalcino estate in southern Tuscany. Fired by Soldera, Di Gisi's motive allegedly was revenge. By entering the cellar of Case Basse at night and opening the valves of casks so that the wine gushed out onto the cellar floor, he effectively stole six years' work from his former boss.
February 18, 2013 | By Jenn Harris
Monday morning's #Weekendeats chat on Twitter was a bit of a culinary mash-up. Our chat participants indulged this weekend in dishes such as chicken wings, uni and pizza. Here's a look at the highlights: Pictures of these two dishes almost made me cry with jealousy. Check out this recipe for fish sauce wings with a mound of garlic from the Ravenouse Couple blog. And if you're an uni lover, you'll want to get some tissues ready. Here's a photo from Danny, a.k.a. KungFooPanda, of homemade uni orecchiette with uni cream sauce and a ton of fresh uni on top. Just had to wipe my brow.
February 27, 2013 | By Jenn Harris
Ever feel the need to take off your top while forming a soyrizo loaf? Are you the kind of person who likes to take off their pants and get comfortable before baking a dairy-free cake? Do you prefer to eat your veggie lasagna without socks on? Then nude vegan cooking is for you. Three students named Greta, Jess and Luke from the United Kingdom  have started the blog (warning: It's not safe for work). It's exactly what it sounds like. According to the blog, "We like to cook naked, for ourselves, our friends and lovers out of our huge, messy shared house in Manchester.
August 16, 2012 | By Mark Medina
For his efforts in helping mental health charities, Lakers forward Metta World Peace will be presented with a special recognition award Aug. 22 at the 2012 Voice Awards. The federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration will host the ceremony at Paramount Studios in Hollywood,  an event started in 2005 that highlights stories regarding mental illness, substance abuse and how to recover. That's proven to be an ongoing process for the player formerly known as Ron Artest.
October 4, 2012 | By David Ng
An artist in Kansas is claiming censorship over his unflattering depiction of Gov. Sam Brownback. David Loewenstein wrote on his personal blog that his print showing the politician as a demonic figure featuring the words "Reject Brownback" was taken down from a Topeka cafe. Brownback, a Republican, has also served as a U.S. representative and senator from Kansas. He was elected governor in 2010. Brownback received national attention last year when he eliminated the Kansas Arts Commission, making Kansas the first state to completely do away with arts funding.  After intense pressure from arts advocates, Brownback somewhat reversed his decision by restoring some arts funding.
June 18, 2013
  Tangy frozen lemon yogurt Total time: 10 minutes, plus chilling and freezing time Servings: Makes 1 quart Note: (This recipe is from David Lebovitz. Read the original article here. ) Greek-style yogurt is available at Trader Joe's and well-stocked markets. Citric acid is available at some pharmacies, as well as at specialty cooking and baking supply stores; fruit preservatives such as Fruit-Fresh can be substituted and are available in the canning section of well-stocked markets.
April 15, 2013 | By Jenn Harris
Most dips, spreads and cheeses taste better on a crusty piece of bread. During Monday morning's #Weekendeats chat on Twitter, participants shared some serious spreads. And surprisingly, most of them were green. Here are the highlights: Susan Orlins claims her hummus is "the best homemade hummus. " Try her recipe and decide for yourself. There is also a recipe for " black on black " hummus from the blog made with black sesame tahini. Orly from the blog shared a recipe for a vibrant green, spring pea and ricotta spread on crostini.
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