You may have read about Rose Edelstein on this site last year. The creation of USC professor and noted author Aimee Bender, this fictitious 9-year-old, a supertaster if there ever was one, learns in Bender's novel The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, that -- magically, realistically -- she can tas ... More >>
Joe Donnelly and Laurie Ochoa (above), editors of Slake: Los Angeles -- the beautiful quarterly slab of essays, poetry, photography, fiction and reportage -- were once, respectively, deputy editor and editor-in-chief of this very paper. Now they're celebrating Slake's fourth issue, "Dirt," at the L ... More >>
If you live in any proximity to a middle school or teenage girl, you probably know all about The Hunger Games, the young adult dystopian trilogy by Suzanne Collins. You will also know that the movie comes out in March. What you might not know is that there is also a cookbook about the trilogy ... More >>
In which we highlight the past week in food, either at home or abroad.
"As Sotto, the new Italian restaurant from Steve Samson and Zack Pollack, who ran David Meyer's Pizza Ortica at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, somebody sprung to fix up the basement, because it is ... More >>
Award-winning writer, native Angeleno and USC creative writing teacher Aimee Bender's second novel, The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, opens with 9-year-old central protagonist, Rose Edelstein, taking a bite of birthday cake that her mother has made from scratch and tasting... bottomless ... More >>
Need a visual aid for your print edition? Jonathan Gold visits New Chong Qing ("the Sichuan standby, mapo tofu, is worth trying: intricately seasoned, as simultaneously soothing and vicious as an Aimee Bender story"). Click through for Anne Fishbein's spectacular photos and read more in Gold's Count ... More >>
A Short Story by Aimee Bender, Wanda Coleman, Janet Fitch, Peter Gadol, Hillary Johnson, Jim Krusoe, Rubén Mendoza, Nicole Panter, John Rechy, Nancy Rommelmann, Greg Sarris, Jerry Stahl, Diana Wagman and Benjamin Weissman