The New Indian Slow Cooker: Recipes for Curries, Dals, Chutneys, Masalas, Biryani, and More by Neela Paniz

The rich and complex flavors of classic Indian dishes like Lamb Biryani, Palak Paneer, and chicken in a creamy tomato-butter sauce can take hours to develop through such techniques as extended braising and low simmering. In The New Indian Slow Cooker , veteran cooking teacher and chef Neela Paniz revolutionizes the long, slow approach to making Indian cuisine by rethinking its traditional recipes for the slow cooker. Continue reading


Red Wines with Restraint

by Jonathan “Max” Davis

We tend to drink more white wine when the weather is warm, but a light red served slightly chilled can be equally refreshing, especially with an afternoon barbecue, or as a pre-dinner aperitif. In fact, many a meal is best served with red wine, but that doesn’t mean you have to go for an inky, alcoholic monster; there are plenty of subtler options that won’t knock you out or wrestle with your tongue. Continue reading


The Grand Dame: My Date with Lauren Bacall

by Eddie Muller

I traveled cross-country in 2007 for a date with Lauren Bacall. We were supposed to meet in Los Angeles, where the American Cinematheque had scheduled a weekend tribute to her, an array of her films programmed around a live appearance and onstage interview. But schedules got fouled up—after the event had been publicized—so plan B called for me to jet overnight to Manhattan and record an extensive sit-down with the Grand Dame (the American spelling fits her better), to be shown in lieu of her actual appearance at the tribute.

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Born in 1984: Artists’ Television Access Hits the Big Three-Oh

By Johnny Ray Huston

From the outside, it looks like a simple building—a modest, rare un-gentrified spot on Valencia Street. But inside, Artists’ Television Access offers views into any number of worlds, from bizarre realms you’d never imagine visiting, to others that suddenly and unexpectedly mirror your innermost thoughts. There’s a spartan, bare-bones screening room with a small balcony that can be used for projection, a back room perfect for drinks and snacks at intermission time, a pair of bathrooms (one equipped with a shower), and then there’s the basement, the archival and creative lair of Craig Baldwin, the hyper visionary behind ATA’s signature Other Cinema program and movies such as Sonic Outlaws and Spectres of the Spectrum. Continue reading


The Telluride Film Festival 2014

by Gary Meyer

Labor Day, 1975.  I had heard so much about this unique little festival in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado after their first year that it seemed I could not miss it. The second festival featured a selection of new international movies and a healthy menu of classics including silents with live music plus tributes to classic American director Henry King, actor Jack Nicholson, and German director Werner Herzog. It proved to be a weekend full of great movies and an opportunity to meet not only other film lovers but the artists themselves away from any hint of Hollywood hype. Continue reading


The Secret Restaurant: Goat–The Old Red Meat

by Peter Moore

Goat is not so much an acquired taste as an abandoned one. People have been eating goat for centuries, just not so much in America. It’s lean and gamey and outside the comfort zone of modern American food. Middle Eastern and Mexican communities have always cooked goat, but it wasn’t that easy to find—certainly not in the supermarket meat counter.

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