| Sep 18, 2013
| 1:40 PM
Tuesday night's Magnificent Mile opening — or rather re-heating — of the TimeLine Theatre Company's production of "To Master the Art" was, for a number of reasons, quite the celebratory brioche. Here was a cooked-in-Chicago play about the...
| Sep 23, 2013
| 3:59 PM
So what’s to be learned from the new book “Julia Child Rules/Lessons on Savoring Life”?
Much -- and we mean much -- has been written about the chef, TV star and author (“Mastering the Art of French Cooking,” “The Way...
| 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 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...
| Apr 6, 2013
Ever since I picked up my first Elizabeth David book, I've been enamored of her prose recipe style. And by that I mean recipes written in a minimalist way, not in numbered steps, almost as a narrative. No long reel of ingredients. A few sentences or...
| Apr 16, 2013
| 2:57 PM
It was the only type of cuisine that our mother, former Gossiping Gourmet columnist Elle Harrow, could not cook. We were about 7 and 14 years old, respectively, and every morning, she would ask us what we'd want for dinner that evening. "Corn...
| Nov 13, 2013
| 9:19 AM
Are you old enough to remember when French cuisine came to the United States and set the standard for fine dining? Home cooks across America were loyally watching Julia Child and rushing to buy her cookbooks, while a plethora of French eateries from...
| Nov 30, 2013
Whether the cook on your holiday gift list is interested in reading about family and food in Soviet Russia or the preparation of classic French dishes such as jambon au foin ("ham in hay"), baking pies or making authentic pasta carbonara, this fall has...
| Nov 29, 2013
| 9:26 AM
Looking like a fine boulangerie in southern France, Sweetsalt Food Shop is a study in white marble, pewter, vintage silverware and cafe tables. The front window is filled with footed plates piled high with beautiful macarons, bars, bundt cakes and pies....
| Dec 5, 2013
| 1:16 PM
Social media have created ways for people to interact to share, communicate or exchange information.
Twitter, with its 140-character-or-less tweets, allows one to post questions or comments. Instagram's users can use digital filters to post videos and...
| 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...