| Mar 2, 2011
Brush aside the beads and booze, the crowds and the krewes, and what is Mardi Gras in New Orleans all about? The food, baby, the food. And it's the Crescent City's festive array of oyster dishes that can give a real kick to your Fat Tuesday party come...
| Jan 14, 2011
| 3:06 PM
When Isabel Wilkerson thought of writing about the Great Migration, the movement of the 6 million black Americans who left the Jim Crow South for the North and West between World War I and the 1970s, one of the first places she headed was Chicago's...
| Oct 12, 2010
| 1:01 PM
Over a plate of eggs from a free-range, hormone-free, vegetarian-fed, organic chicken, I pondered the carbon footprint of my beer consumption.
I recycle bottles and cans, sure; but is that enough to offset all the water, energy and other resources that...
| Mar 2, 2011
Oysters are like wine, tea and cigars — they taste of where they came from. Only five oyster species are cultivated commercially in North America, but they are identified and sold under hundreds of names, mostly geographic, to denote that special...
| Mar 15, 2011
Even the most casual of drinkers likely has a bottle of Angostura bitters stashed somewhere in the kitchen.
But celery bitters? Blackstrap? Mexican mole? Memphis barbecue?
They're all out there, as are bitters meant to conjure specific drinks (Tiki),...
| Aug 30, 2011
| 9:00 PM
The Louisiana State National Guard began assisting the city of New Orleans with aerial firefighting in the marshes of the Bayou Sauvage area.
By sunset Tuesday, Guard helicopters dropped more than 116,000 gallons of water over small fires just north of...
| Sep 20, 2010
| 12:59 PM
"The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration"
By Isabel Wilkerson Random House, $30.00, 620 pages
Warmth In the spring of 1941photographer Russell Lee spent several days documenting African-American life on Chicago’s...
| Oct 12, 2010
She's gotta do it: write in the language of the people she knows, filling the pitcher to overflowing. It started with "Aquaboogie," linked stories set in her hometown of Riverside, peopled with her people, perched on the sides of dry river beds, always...
| Nov 14, 2010
In his songs, Randy Newman has invented enough characters to stock a season's worth of Broadway musicals. Regretful lovers. Scared school boys. Unreconstructed rednecks. Blissfully smug Angelenos. An oddly contemporary Karl Marx. And, of course, short...
| Jan 30, 2011
The Betrayal of Equal Rights by the Supreme Court, 1865-1903
Walker & Co.: 242 pp., $26
In the years immediately following the Civil War, America appeared to possess the will and the means to end racial...
| Aug 22, 2011
| 4:36 PM
Sookie's amusing sex dream in which she considers a romantic life involving both Bill and Eric might have been the most salacious component of Sunday's installment of "True Blood," but the episode, "Let's Get Out of Here" -- named for the Taylor Swift...