October 12, 2013 |
Two presidential campaigns and 40 years of marriage and child-rearing behind her, Ann Romney finds herself in a surprising place: atop the bestseller lists with her own agenda in first position. Romney's new cookbook, "The Romney Family Table," started as an effort to stitch together family recipes. But at a time when her husband Mitt's loss in the 2012 campaign was still raw, she began writing and "it just flowed out. " Critics have mocked the book as a study in domestic perfection served on Oscar de la Renta tableware, but Romney said she wanted to show that their life "wasn't always perfect" and that raising five boys could be more than a little frustrating.
October 10, 2013 |
With homespun recipes from “Mitt's meatloaf cakes” to "banana trash pudding," Ann Romney's new cookbook, "The Romney Family Table," has been a brisk seller since its recent debut, topping Amazon's list as the bestselling hardcover cookbook. That is good news for the Center for Neurologic Diseases at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and the center's co-director, Dr. Howard L. Weiner, who has treated Romney since she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1998. After writing the cookbook this year, Romney announced that she would donate the proceeds to the center's research into the causes and treatment of neurological diseases -- including multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's disease and ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
September 12, 2013 |
2 Chainz has a new album out. “B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time” is another bass-rattling set of bouncy tracks that Miley Cyrus, and the world, can twerk to, and strippers can earn enough tips to rival any salary. But that's not the best part of his new release. That fine distinction goes to the cookbook that the rapper, formerly known as Tity Boi, included in the deluxe edition of the album. Dubbed “#Meal Time” (see what he did there), the cookbook features incredibly mouthwatering recipes for 14 dishes that include pan-seared sea bass, herb-crusted lamb rib chops, crab cakes, fried chicken and teriyaki salmon.
June 17, 2013 |
When life hands you peaches, you make ... well, lots of different things, most of them delicious. But, if you're a member of David Mas Masumoto's family , one of those things is books. At this point, it's hard to decide whether the Fresno-area farmer is a peach grower who writes or a writer who grows peaches. He certainly has outstanding credentials in both fields. His peaches have earned him a national and even a international reputation. They have been featured by name on menus from Chez Panisse to Per Se. And he's even been able to persuade hundreds of fruit lovers to “adopt” some of his trees -- they pay an upfront fee and then dedicate two weekends to harvesting the fruit in the hot, sticky Valley summer.
May 28, 2013 |
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 3, 2013 |
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.