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The best new cookbooks of fall 2020

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • December 3, 2020
Cookbooks are always about connection — written to share the love of a cuisine or celebrate ancestry, or sometimes to eulogize broken bonds and safeguard history. If you’ve run out of ideas or motivation for preparing your next meal, if you’re...

Review: Easiest DIY pasta night ever

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • December 3, 2020
First the toilet paper vanished. Next it was everything in the soup and pasta aisles, including all the jarred marinara sauces and every shape of noodle except angel hair. Apparently, people don’t like angel hair, even when it’s literally the only...

Cannabis Beverage Sales Are Booming and One Local Company Is Leading the Way

Alexandra Ilyashov • Los Angeles Magazine • December 2, 2020
Forget the many buzz-inducing gummy candies and chocolate bars. More and more cannabis consumers are opting to drink their drug of choice. The cannabis beverage market, worth $901.8 million in 2018, has grown 45 percent annually in the past two...

A Redondo Beach Restaurant Is Defying the County’s Outdoor Dining Shutdown

Jason McGahan • Los Angeles Magazine • December 2, 2020
With new COVID cases surging to record highs in Los Angeles and the county’s health department stemming the spread with a ban on outdoor restaurant dining, the owner of one beloved South Bay eatery is serving up defiance—with a side of mockery....

Best thing I ate: Banana pudding is the perfect antidote to 2020

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • December 2, 2020
Is it too early for New Year’s resolutions? I think not. My first resolution for 2021 is to eat more banana pudding. I’d forgotten just how good banana pudding is until last week when I ate a pint of it from Beale’s Texas BBQ in Huntington Beach....

8 of the Best Holiday Desserts from Bakeries and Confectioners Across L.A.

Heather Platt • Los Angeles Magazine • November 30, 2020
If you screwed up the pumpkin pie this Thanksgiving, don’t take your chances with the rest of the holiday season. Hit up one of these local bakeries for something perfectly sweet. Kyle David Moreno Margarita Manzke’s Strawberry Roll features...

Best thing I ate: Chile relleno on a sizzling skillet

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • November 25, 2020
For years readers have been asking where in Orange County they can find a great chile relleno. And for years I’ve been responding, “I keep searching but I haven’t found it yet.” Well, I just found it at the new Pour Vida in Anaheim. Chef Jimmy...

L.A. restaurant owners fearful about new COVID-19 order

Matt Hamilton, Jenn Harris, Garrett Snyder, Alex Wigglesworth, Gale Holland • Los Angeles Times • November 23, 2020
For Jacob Shaw and other restaurant owners in Los Angeles, the holiday season was going to be a welcome boost to business. And even amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which restricted in-person dining to outdoor seating, there was hope that the next few...

L.A. County suspends outdoor dining at restaurants as coronavirus surges

Alex Wigglesworth, Matt Hamilton, Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • November 22, 2020
In a devastating blow to Los Angeles' struggling restaurant and hospitality industry, L.A. County public health officials on Sunday announced they will suspend outdoor dining at restaurants amid a surge of new coronavirus cases. Few segments of...

'Vibration Cooking' is still prescient at 50

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • November 21, 2020
“And when I cook, I never measure or weigh anything. I cook by vibration. I can tell by the look and smell of it. Most of the ingredients in this book are approximate. … Different strokes for different folks. Do your thing your way.” By the second...