December 26, 1991
What a wonderful book review of Jeff Smith's Christmas book in The Times. You expressed what millions of would-be cooks, let alone qualified cooks, must feel about this egotistical bag of wind. I can't understand why TV Channel 28 in Los Angeles has wasted funds year after year on his program. Thank you again for your article. KATHLEEN SMITH, Whittier
October 8, 2008
Total time: 15 minutes, plus marinating time Servings: 2 to 4 Note: This recipe calls for bamboo skewers. 1 pound cleaned, tail-on jumbo shrimp (12 to 16) Charmoula (see recipe), divided 1 large lemon, sliced crosswise into 1/8 -inch slices Oil for the grill 1. Combine the shrimp and one-third cup charmoula in a large nonreactive bowl or resealable plastic bag and marinate in the refrigerator for 2 hours. Ten minutes before removing the shrimp from the refrigerator, soak the bamboo skewers in water to prevent the wood from burning.
August 29, 2002 |
Sakura House. Could a Japanese restaurant have a more hackneyed name? It's like being a Chinese restaurant called the Golden Pagoda. But the rest of its name--Sizzling Skewers of Kushiyaki--indicates we're not in for sushi and tempura. In Japan, kushiyaki means seafood grilled on skewers. This place gives the skewer treatment to everything you can imagine, even eggs, nuts and chicken skin.
March 5, 2008
Total time: 1 hour, 10 minutes Servings: 6 to 8 Note: Adapted from "The Soul of a New Cuisine: A Discovery of the Foods and Flavors of Africa" by Marcus Samuelsson. See the accompanying recipe for tamarind liquid. Or you can use canned "fresh tamarind concentrate" (use the same amount as of tamarind liquid). The C.T.F. brand is available at K.H. Supermarket in Long Beach, Ai Hoa market in downtown Los Angeles (Chinatown) and Saigon Market in Lawndale.
March 26, 2000 |
They beat Al Gore like a drum, thrashed through the bushes in search of George W. and shook Bill Clinton's tree. For the 115th year, journalism's Gridiron Club proved Saturday night it is possible to scorch the mighty and break bread with them. Vice President Al Gore sat in for President Clinton, but absence did not let the latter escape notice that he soon will be an ex-president: "Bimbo eruptions, who's gonna care--when you're out the door?
June 21, 1991 |
The current fascination with film noir and hard-boiled detective fiction continues with Hollywood Actors Theatre's production of Stuart Gordon and Carolyn Purdy-Gordon's adaptation of Raymond Chandler's "The Little Sister." The bare-bones production, director Ernest Kearney's snail-like pacing and Dennis Garber's Philip Marlowe--who acts more like Willy Loman--do a disservice to Chandler and our memories of the crisp, jagged edge of the genre.
March 3, 1995 |
Talk about ungrateful offspring! It seems the principal characters in "Impact This!"--Leslie Caveny's hilariously biting new play at Theatre West--would go to any length to escape their own creator. Even murder. In the first 10 minutes the heroine, an unnamed feminist artist-turned-terroristplayed by Caveny herself, falls in love with the affable but clueless bystander she was supposed to assassinate.
February 14, 2002 |
Extricating Christopher Fry's "The Lady's Not for Burning" from its original setting--amid the witch trials of 15th century Europe--and dropping it into New England in the late 1940s is not as much of a conceptual stretch as it might appear. Despite the faux Shakespearean homages in this witty, intricately constructed verse comedy, Fry penned the play in 1949, and its anachronisms and subtextual modern sensibilities feel quite at home in the later era.
June 19, 1999 |
Theirs was the great race--the fierce rivalry--of the computer revolution, and by all accounts, it got pretty ugly. The stories of Microsoft's Bill Gates and Apple's Steve Jobs come to the small screen in the decidedly unauthorized "Pirates of Silicon Valley," debuting Sunday on TNT with Anthony Michael Hall as a blank-faced, zombie nerd Gates and Noah Wyle as a blissed-out hippie turned fire-breathing corporate monster Jobs.
May 11, 1987 |
Gyula Gazdag has been praised as the most original Hungarian film maker of his generation, yet the very gifts that have made him such an important director have also made him controversial. As talented as he is outspoken, Gazdag, now 40, saw most of his work banned in his native country in the '70s and, until recently, much of it prohibited for export as well. The first three films in the UCLA Film Archives' "Tribute to Gyula Gazdag," screening next weekend at 7:30 p.m.