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Padma Lakshmi cooks up a children’s book with a message

NEELA is a young girl who loves cooking with her mom. Saturday is her favorite day of the week. That’s the day they go to the green market. So begins Padma Lakshmi’s charming entry into the world of ...

September 5, 2021, Sunday


Fall books include stories of the pandemic

NEAR the end of 2020, the pandemic had lasted long enough for author Jodi Picoult to try something that seemed unthinkable for novelists in its early stages — turn it into fiction. “At the beginning of ...

August 29, 2021, Sunday


Yam vs sweet potato: a culinary reference guide to food differences

You’re at the supermarket and a recipe you’re shopping for calls for rutabagas. Don’t see any? Can you substitute turnips? While you’re thinking about that, you’ve also been asked to pick up some condensed ...

July 4, 2021, Sunday


The colorful life of author Lawrence Block

Lawrence Block has followed many paths during his long career. “With not a few dead end roads among them,” notes the mystery novelist. Best known for his Matthew Scudder and Bernie Rhodenbarr series, ...

June 6, 2021, Sunday


A boon for US minority novelists as TV finally embraces diversity

GROWING up an avid reader, Kwana Jackson knew where to look for romance novels with black characters: Segregated in the “African American interest” section where only determined shoppers would find them. When ...

May 16, 2021, Sunday


Farming is sexy, just ask Farmer Lee Jones

Despite thousands of years of humans working the soil, there are still things to learn. Just ask Farmer Lee Jones about the beet leaves. The Ohio-based farmer had planted too many beets and the surplus ...

May 9, 2021, Sunday


Ironically, pandemic revives love for nature

The new season of spring shows has begun, and viewership is way up by all accounts. We’re not talking about screens, which we’ve all been glued to during the pandemic. Less noticed is another trend: ...

May 9, 2021, Sunday


Birds as revelations: Atwood writes foreword for Gibson book

WHEN Margaret Atwood would receive invitations over the years to literary events around the world, literature wasn’t the only factor shaping her response. She also kept in mind the interests of her longtime ...

April 11, 2021, Sunday


Original ‘SNL’ player’s memoir looks back in fondness, humor

IF Laraine Newman recounted only her experiences as an original “Saturday Night Live” player — a storied ensemble that included Gilda Radner and John Belushi — she’d have plenty of memoir material. But ...

March 21, 2021, Sunday


Finding a recipe for ‘Food Between Friends’

A chance meeting at a dinner party by two people reluctant to be at that dinner party has resulted in a cookbook perfect for your next dinner party. Jesse Tyler Ferguson, star of “Modern Family,” and ...

March 14, 2021, Sunday




 

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