| May 17, 2011
| 1:50 PM
Eden Sher does such a good job portraying Patricia Heaton's awkward teen daughter Sue Heck on the ABC series "The Middle" that people often don't recognize her in public. "That's good, right?" said the 19-year-old actress. "On a good day, I probably...
| Sep 24, 2010
Eddie Fisher, one of the most popular singers of the 1950s who made headlines with marriages to — and divorces from — some of the most famous Hollywood starlets of that era, has died. He was 82.
Fisher died Wednesday at his home in Berkeley...
| Apr 21, 2011
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Babies exposed to pesticides before birth may have significantly lower intelligence scores by age 7 than children who were not exposed, three separate studies published on Thursday said.
Results from the studies -- two in New York and...
| May 31, 2011
Q: Please give me a recipe for veggie soup stock.
—Guadalupe Pacetti, Berkeley, Ill.
A: Here's a simple recipe from "French Classics Made Easy" by Richard Grausman. He encourages readers to try other vegetables when making this recipe but...
| Jan 26, 2011
The deeper the snow, the more we daydream about the garden. We reminisce about the tender, sweet lettuces and fresh herbs harvested just before dinnertime.
Because the ground is frozen and our salad cravings persist, we adjust the salad bowl to the...
| Dec 9, 2010
Fall is the harvest season, right? That's especially true when it comes to cookbooks, which every year arrive in a seasonal flood that puts apples and pears to shame. By some counts, as many as three-fourths of all cookbooks in the United States are...
| Sep 18, 2010
Set in and around Berkeley, "Parenthood" unfolds principally in three family residences that vary in architectural style.
The first is the house of Zeek and Camille Braverman (Craig T. Nelson and Bonnie Bedelia). "They have lived there 30 years, filled...
| Oct 18, 2010
| 11:07 AM
By Anne Lamott
Penguin Group, 288 pages, $25.95
We might as well begin with Ingmar Bergman’s film “The Seventh Seal,” which plays at a local theater in Anne Lamott’s new novel, “Imperfect Birds,” and...
| Oct 5, 2010
| 9:57 AM
"Father of the Rain: A Novel"
By Lily King Atlantic, 360 pp., $24.00
Lily King won a well-deserved raft of honors, including the prestigious Whiting Writer’s Award, for her first two novels, “The Pleasing Hour” and “The English...
| Oct 13, 2010
| 9:47 AM
"In the Land of Believers: An Outsider's Extraordinary Journey into the Heart of the Evangelical Church"
By Gina Welch Metropolitan Books, 2010 320 pp. $25.00
That the United States is both a deeply religious country and a deeply divided one is no...
| Oct 18, 2010
| 9:08 AM
By Karen Tei Yamashita Coffee House Press, 640 pages, $19.95 (paperback)
"I Hotel," by L.A. born, Santa Cruz writer Karen Tei Yamashita, stands as the single most ambitious and experimental work of fiction I have read in a long, longtime. But...