A Baker’s Dozen: For the Love of Challah

by Dianne Boate

It was for love of a Jewish man that I came to a point of receiving 50 pounds of all-purpose flour at my doorstep, converting it in  one weekend  into delicious round loaves of Egg Twist Bread, challah, for the annual Art Fair in Beverly Glen Canyon, located in West Los Angeles, where I hoped to make a small fortune in two days.  What a cartoon feature it would make, with me shoveling the little white glass bowls filled with dough into an oven that had one rack inside and an oven door that had to be closed by a propped broom handle, the whole house steadily increasing its inventory of little round golden loaves, like the fairy tale porridge that multiplied and filled a small village.  Continue reading

Roots COV


From the author of more than 10 cookbooks comes this comprehensive guide and collection of recipes using root vegetables.  Discover the fascinating history and lore of 29 major roots, their nutritional content, how to buy and store them, and much more, from the familiar (beets, carrots, potatoes) to the unfamiliar (jicama, salsify, malanga) to the practically unheard of (cassava, galangal, crosnes).

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It’s About Beauty, Man: My Film-Fueled Friendship with Jazz Legend Charlie Haden

by Eddie Muller

Movies brought Charlie Haden and me together. Specifically, it was a Sunday night double-bill at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, May 13, 2001—a pairing of two John Alton-photographed noirs, The Crooked Way  (1949)  and Talk About a Stranger  (1952) , part of the original Festival of Film Noir I’d created for the American Cinematheque.  Continue reading


Bialy Dues

by Gaetano Maida

Right up front, let me say that I’m not Jewish. I come by my  yiddhishkeit  sensibilities legitimately though: I was raised in the Bronx among a post war circle of fervent left-wing activists and artists, many of whom were Jewish or mixed in all manner of combinations.  Continue reading

“THE BIG SLEEP is the quintessential Bogie and Bacall movie with hip Raymond Chandler dialogue about Los Angeles and great characters played by Elisha Cooke Jr, Bob Steele and Dorothy Malone. Even if the plot makes your head spin, it’s a great private eye film. I got permission to use Max Steiner’s fanfare on my Quartet West recording, ‘Haunted Heart.’ ” – Charlie Haden

Charlie Haden’s List of Music You Should Hear and his

10 Favorite “Film Noir” Movies

—Charlie Haden’s List of Music You Should Hear and his 10 Favorite “Film Noir” Movies