February 2, 2013 |
As culinary fashion continues to wind inexorably lower on the luxury scale - from tournedos to beef cheeks, from foie gras to pork belly - it was probably inevitable that we would eventually come to lentils. Representing the lowest and plainest possible food denominator since biblical times, when Esau traded his birthright for a bowl of soup made from them, lentils have always been regarded as a food you would eat only when you absolutely had to. Yet look at a restaurant menu today or visit an upscale grocery and you'll find lentils that come in a rainbow of colors and bear an atlas of place names.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 1998
A suggestion to the appellate judges that interpreted the law to read that mentally ill inmates should be released to the community (Sept. 3): Have the inmates live in the judges' ivory towers, and then see if perhaps the judges will have second thoughts. NANCY THOMPSON Irvine
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 1988 |
A new census of elephants in East Africa reveals that the elephant population in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda has dropped by 87% or more in the last 15 years, and the report predicts that the animal will become extinct in those countries within 10 years if poaching practices persist. The census further says this unprecedented "population crash" includes many national parks and game reserves in those countries. It also suggests that the situation may be equally grim for elephants throughout Africa.
May 19, 1989 |
Brigitte Bardot, whose breakaway towels kept eyes glued to the screen in her cinema "sex-kitten" days, made her television debut today to save the elephant by putting ivory dealers out of business. After 16 years of avoiding cameras, the 54-year-old Bardot's passion for animal welfare finally persuaded her to host a series of six hard-hitting documentaries aimed at halting reckless poaching for profit and cruelty in the name of science. "There were 2.5 million elephants in 1960.
October 5, 1986
If we follow the logic set out on sea urchins by Gary Karasik in "A Prickly Question" (Aug. 17), it thus would be perfectly all right to slaughter elephants for their ivory and rhinoceroses for their horns. This is one of the best examples of the overinflated and chauvinistic human male ego: Only those that respond directly to his own needs could be regarded as worthy of his approval and, presumably, admiration. Kathleen Sweet Pasadena