| Sep 25, 2013
| 3:03 PM
Three hundred sandwiches. That's the price one man gave to his girlfriend for an engagement ring. If a man tells you to make 300 sandwiches before he -- in Beyonce's lingo -- puts a ring on it, you may laugh it off as a joke, chalk it up to your future...
| Sep 25, 2013
| 11:56 AM
Over lunch recently at Howells & Hood, the creators of the show "Old Jews Telling Jokes" were chortling about their sign. Signage is often an issue at the Royal George Theatre on Chicago's North Side, a venue that does not exactly come with chaser...
| Sep 27, 2013
| 12:30 PM
I'm not talking.
Not to a phone.
It may be all the rage for celebrities in iPhone commercials to have pithy exchanges with Siri, the female-sounding voice assistant, but if you ask me, they just sound stupid.
Like actress Zooey Deschanel, in her...
| Sep 29, 2013
| 12:32 PM
Marcella Hazan, whose many cookbooks introduced Americans to the true food of Italy, died Sunday morning at her home in Longboat Key, Fla., according to her husband, Victor Hazan. She was 89 and had been in failing health for several months.
| Sep 30, 2013
| 9:15 AM
As an instructor, the late Marcella Hazan, who died Sunday at her home in Florida, was nothing if not rigorous. In fact, she could be downright dogmatic, particularly when it came to what she considered to be travesties against her beloved Italian...
| Oct 2, 2013
| 7:27 AM
America has shifted from a country in which TV viewers once had weekly appointments with favorite shows — sort of like a pre-scheduled session with a therapist — to a country in which followers of TV programs engage in all-night binges —...
| Sep 27, 2013
| 1:38 PM
Anya Von Bremzen makes her living writing about some of the most wondrous food in the world. It’s a remarkable career for a woman born in 1963 Moscow, an era of bread lines and making do.
Her new book, “Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking: A...
| Oct 11, 2013
| 6:30 PM
As Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity" enters its second weekend of sold-out multiplexes across the country, it's becoming the cinematic event of the year. The space epic may not break the same box office records that "Titanic" did in 1997, but in some ways it's...
| Aug 15, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Thursday is Julia Child's 101st birthday, and the weather is cooperating. Who wants to eat, much less prepare, Child's beloved boeuf bourguignonne in 90-degree temperatures?
Boeuf bourguignonne, although not necessarily Child's version, is on the menu...
| Jan 28, 2013
| 6:14 AM
Light mist cloaked the ancient hills in Upper Normandy, and from somewhere within this tapestry of seaside cliffs and pastures of flowers, I expected a fire-breathing dragon or a white-haired wizard muttering ancient incantations would come bounding out...
| Aug 23, 2012
| 1:41 PM
1. "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn (Crown, $25). Nick is the No. 1 suspect in his beautiful wife's disappearance, but could this golden boy really have killed his beloved? Last week: 1
2. "The Inn at Rose Harbor" by Debbie Macomber...