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May 28, 2013 | By Russ Parsons, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
With the release of HBO's “Behind the Candelabra,” Liberace is having a belated moment, hailed as a fabulous pianist and a fashion icon. One thing that has been overlooked so far is his career as a cookbook writer. [For the Record, 3:10 p.m. May 29: An earlier version of this post and its headline referred to Liberace as a gay pioneer. In fact, he never revealed his sexual orientation.] But not by me, because digging around in mounds of old cookbooks, I found a copy of his “Liberace Cooks!
May 23, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
Health experts estimate that as many as a third of us have some level of intolerance to gluten -- a protein found mostly in wheat. And gluten shows up in more than bread and cake -- foods you might not guess, such as sauces and herb mixes. On Thursday, at 11 a.m. Pacific time , we'll talk with Kristine Kidd, who has been gluten free for years and has written a cookbook called "Weeknight Gluten-Free. " She spent two decades as an editor at Bon Appetit magazine. We hope you will join us live, or if you can't, please listen to the archived conversation.
May 3, 2013 | By Russ Parsons
Santa Monica author Anne Willan was inducted into the James Beard Foundation's Cookbook Hall of Fame on Friday night, highlighting the organization's annual awards ceremony . Willan, who moved to Southern California from her longtime home in France in 2007, is the author of more than two dozen cookbooks, including two that have become culinary bibles: "La Varenne Pratique" and "French Regional Cooking. " Willan's books have been published in 24 countries and translated into 18 languages.
April 26, 2013 | By Russ Parsons
It seems like everybody wants to write a cookbook these days. But there's a lot more to it than just gathering a bunch of great recipes. Two of Southern California's finest writers will take you behind the scenes May 3 at Surfas Culinary District in Culver City in a combination cooking class and discussion sponsored by the Los Angeles County Bar Assn. Between them, Martha Rose Shulman and Clifford Wright have written more than 45 cookbooks. Wright's “Mediterranean Feast” was named the best book of the year by the James Beard Foundation in 2000.
April 25, 2013 | By Rene Lynch
Gwyneth Paltrow, you'd better enjoy it while it lasts. The Oscar-winning actress is having a moment: Her new cookbook, "It's All Good: Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great" is a top seller. She's starring in "Iron Man 3", which is due out May 3 and all but guaranteed to top the box office. And she's been named People magazine's most beautiful woman in the world. Which means the haters will be coming out of the woodwork in 3, 2 ... To be sure, this attitude is to be taken with a grain of salt.
April 10, 2013 | By Russ Parsons
Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi's “Jerusalem: A Cookbook” was named the best cookbook of the year by the International Assn. of Culinary Professionals on Tuesday night in San Francisco. The book focuses on the shared flavors and foods enjoyed by Ottolenghi, an Israeli, Tamimi, a Palestinian. The pair are business partners in several highly praised London restaurants. The IACP Cookbook Awards , along with those that will be given by the James Beard Foundation on May 3, are the most important honors given for cookbooks.
March 20, 2013 | By Russ Parsons
There are cookbooks that you want to cook from and there are cookbooks that make you want to cook. They are not always the same. A perfect example is the twin new releases from Sime Books, translations of two fine Italian regional cookbooks. I defy anyone with a beating heart and a working kitchen to leaf through “Sicilia in Cucina” or “Venezia in Cucina” without immediately wanting to jump up and find something to cook. The dishes sound amazing and the photography is absolutely gorgeous (credited to Laurent Grandadam in Venice and Nino Bartuccio and Alessandro Saffo in Sicily)
March 14, 2013 | By Liesl Bradner
The egg is the star of Rose Carrarini's recent cookbook "How to Boil an Egg" (Phaidon, $35), an essential ingredient in the menu items from her renowned Rose Bakery in Paris. A collection of 84 recipes includes green fried eggs, leek and curry scones, egg and watercress salad and a variety of desserts such as Eton mess and her highly coveted chocolate mousse. Along with her French husband, the British proprietor opened the small Anglo-French restaurant on Rue des Martyrs in 2002.
February 28, 2013 | By Sarah St. Lifer
While our living room bookshelves might be getting lighter (every tome under the sun is available via tablet these days!), our kitchen shelves have been getting a bit heavier, thanks to the recent influx of indie cooking magazines. Long live print. Subscriptions typically cost less than a cookbook, but they're just as informative -- often detailing recipes with in-season ingredients and featuring a timely who's who of in-demand chefs.  Here are five indie cooking mag picks, but fair warning: You and your iPad might be spending less time together once the issues start surfacing in your mailbox.
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