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  • Juicing trend still going strong in 2015

    Juicing trend still going strong in 2015

    A year ago, trendistas were snuggling up to juice bars all over L.A. to cleanse, reset, detox and glow a little. Today, things are only busier in the world of juice — and I don't mean Minute Maid. Juicing just won't go away. "The concept has settled into being just part of a healthy life, rather...

  • Use it or lose it: Yes, it's true

    Use it or lose it: Yes, it's true

    Urology clinics have a saying: "Erections make erections." In other words, sex is not unlike sports. If you want to be a good tennis player, play lots of tennis; if you want to be a good lover, make lots of love. This maxim springs more from anecdotal observations than from scientific studies:...

  • 'Rise of the Robots' and the threat of a jobless future

    'Rise of the Robots' and the threat of a jobless future

    The prospect of machines stealing our jobs has perturbed and enraged humans for at least 200 years. The Luddites hit the alarm bell, and not without reason: The automation of weaving and spinning technology displaced an entire class of skilled artisans. But ever since, economists and historians...

  • Don't soak your dried beans! Now even the cool kids agree

    Don't soak your dried beans! Now even the cool kids agree

    Are you still soaking dried beans? Why?  For years I’ve been telling people that you don’t need to soak most beans. Now the cool kids are agreeing. Yesterday my old e-friend, J. Kenji Lopez-Alt, published on Serious Eats his findings on cooking black beans. The headline: “So you like flavor? Don’t...

  • These authors are in the running for the $50,000 Kirkus Prize book awards

    These authors are in the running for the $50,000 Kirkus Prize book awards

    The Kirkus Prizes, which at $50,000 each are among the most lucrative literary prizes in the country, announced their finalists Tuesday morning. The awards, sponsored by the book review magazine Kirkus Reviews, are given in three categories: fiction, nonfiction and young readers' literature. There...

  • Mild little Japanese shishito peppers are having their moment

    Mild little Japanese shishito peppers are having their moment

    Go to almost any Japanese restaurant, and shishito peppers are as much a staple on the menu as bowls of edamame. Quickly sauteed until the vibrant green peppers soften and begin to blister, they’re often served in a small bowl, seasoned with soy sauce and a maybe a touch of vinegar, and garnished...

  • 7 reasons why you're about to fall in love with floating

    7 reasons why you're about to fall in love with floating

    What used to be rather grimly called "sensory deprivation" or "isolation" therapy has resurfaced as the far more appealing "flotation therapy": Those in need of some de-stressing and mental relaxation can bob about, alone, in an enclosed tub filled with enough salt water to keep them gently suspended...

  • Two timeless, Depression-era novels from Edward Anderson

    The writer wandered the roads he wrote about in these heartfelt tales of desperation and desire. Also: New paperback releases by Jose Eduardo Agualusa, Marina Warner, Richard Hofstadter, Naomi Klein a

  • 3 great barbecue sauces you can make this weekend

    3 great barbecue sauces you can make this weekend

    If you love outdoor cooking there's nothing like spending quality time over a hot grill, whether you're grilling steaks or chicken, or slow-cooking brisket or ribs. But often it's that signature touch — a thoughtfully honed sauce — that takes your creation to a whole new level. And while you can...

  • Here's my advice for anyone trying to find love in Los Angeles: Just give up

    Here's my advice for anyone trying to find love in Los Angeles: Just give up

    I had given up. I was 38 years old, renting a guest house in Beverly Hills, and had tried for most of my adult life to meet the right guy. The final straw was a phone call with a potential suitor who admitted that he was married and believed in polyamory. At that moment, I just gave up. The life...

  • Raise a glass to Paris at its lively wine bars

    Raise a glass to Paris at its lively wine bars

    After a week in the Beaujolais countryside drinking only cru Beaujolais, Paris and its free-spirited and eclectic wine bars beckoned. I had been collecting addresses from winemakers I had visited and was eager to check out the new crop of bars à vin and look in on a couple of old favorites. Wine...

  • Video games move out of the living room and into theme parks

    Video games move out of the living room and into theme parks

    A new generation of theme park attractions based on popular video game titles will let gamers looking for bigger thrills in a larger arena fend off zombies and battle aliens as they compete for the highest score and struggle to save the universe. A partnership between Cedar Fair amusement parks...

  • Valeria Luiselli's 'The Story of My Teeth' is a collision of storytelling, lying and art

    Valeria Luiselli's 'The Story of My Teeth' is a collision of storytelling, lying and art

    "The Story of My Teeth" is a destabilizing read, a puzzle of a novel that at first seems explicable enough. Each successive chapter reveals new aspects and dimensions to the tale, giving the story new shapes and forms. When the book closes with a description that seems to fit all the parts in place,...

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