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August 18, 2012
Everything Nancy Silverton touches seems to turn to gold. After working for years as pastry chef for Wolfgang Puck's Spago, she and then-husband Mark Peel opened Campanile in 1989, and it quickly became one of Southern California's most important restaurants. Pursuing her passion for bread, she started La Brea Bakery the same year, and it quickly became the benchmark for fine sourdough before she sold it in 2001. In 2006, she joined partners Mario Batali and Joseph Bastianich in opening the Mozza Restaurant Group , owner of the overwhelmingly popular Osteria Mozza, Pizzeria Mozza and Mozza2Go.
March 8, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan
The world's most expensive wrist watch, encrusted with 1,282 diamonds, was unveiled by Swiss watchmaker Hublot, according to a report by AFP . The price? $5 million. The white-gold watch was revealed this week at the world's biggest watch show, Baselworld Watch and Jewellery Show in Basel, Switzerland. According to the AFP report, it took 17 people at Hublot 14 months to set the more than 140 carats of diamonds on the watch. Jean-Claude Biver, president of the watch company, told AFP that it would be difficult to make a more expensive watch "because the surface of the watch is limited.
May 6, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila and Russ Parsons
NEW YORK -- Some of the most notable prizes given at the James Beard Foundation awards Monday night were those that were most overdue. Sonoma winemaker Merry Edwards won Wine and Spirits Professional for the first time after six nominations. Wylie DuFresne of WD-50 was named the best chef in New York after seven nominations. Dan Barber's Blue Hill won best restaurant after 14 years. San Francisco legend Cecilia Chiang won the lifetime achievement award at 92 years of age, and Maguy LeCoze won outstanding restaurateur - the first woman ever.
November 30, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
At Peninsula Hotels , sharks stay free. In an effort to protect the species, the company recently announced that it would stop serving shark-fin soup at its hotels in Beijing and Shanghai and at its flagship Hong Kong property as well as its hotels in Beverly Hills, New York and other cities. The parent company of Peninsula, Hong Kong and Shanghai Hotels Ltd., made the announcement Nov. 21 and encouraged other hotels and restaurants to do likewise and "play a role in helping preserve the biodiversity of our oceans.
June 12, 2008
PHIL ROSENTHAL and Monica Horan have had a love affair with Italy and la cucina Italiana ever since they first flew there as couriers for DHL in the early '80s. They are especially enamored of the cooking done in the wood-fired ovens once found outside so many farmhouses across the Italian countryside. These ovens still show little variation on the original Roman design: a round, domed chamber built out of brick or local stone and vented in front.
September 8, 1999
1. "The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook" by Ina Garten (Clarkson Potter, $32.50). Recipes from the specialty food store of the same name in the Hamptons.1 Last Week: 1 Weeks on List: 21 2. "How To Cook Everything" by Mark Bittman (MacMillan, $25). A fresh approach to the cooking encyclopedia, with more than 1,500 recipes. Last Week: 2 Weeks on List: 49 3. "Martha Stewart's Hors D'Oeuvres Handbook" by Martha Stewart (Clarkson Potter, $35). A contemporary spin to party finger foods.
January 20, 2011
Today Olivia Munn; Nick Offerman. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC Good Morning America Ashton Kutcher; author Elisabeth Hasselbeck. (N) 7 a.m. KABC Live With Regis and Kelly Martin Short; Olivia Munn. (N) 9 a.m. KABC The View Marilu Henner, Bob Petrella and Louise Owen discuss superior autobiographical memory. (N) 10 a.m. KABC The Doctors Getting a sexier shape. (N) 11 a.m. KCAL The Talk William H. Macy; Debi Mazar. (N) 1 p.m. KCBS The Oprah Winfrey Show In Australia: Russell Crowe; Jay-Z; Bon Jovi; a tribute Steve Irwin.
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