Here’s who’s cooking at the Festival of Books

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Guess who’s going to be cooking at the 2012 Los Angeles Festival of Books in April. How’s this for a lineup? Michael Voltaggio, Gail Simmons, Josiah Citrin, Chris Cosentino, Alice Medrich, Debbie Lee and Anne Burrell. Oh and Nancy Silverton is stopping by for a chat.

Voltaggio is the chef/owner of Los Angeles’ Ink (recently named best new restaurant in the US by GQ magazine) and InkSack and was the winner of ‘Top Chef’ Season 6.

Simmons is one of the judges for the series, works for Food & Wine magazine, and is the author of the memoir ‘Talking With My Mouth Full.’

Citrin is the chef-owner of Santa Monica’s landmark French restaurant Melisse.


Cosentino is the executive chef of Pigg at Umamicatessen in Los Angeles and Incanto in San Francisco.

Medrich is the chocolate queen of San Francisco (she founded Cocolat) and author of many cookbooks.

Lee is the chef/owner of Ahn-Joo, one of L.A.’s most popular food trucks, and has appeared on many television shows.

Burrell is a regular on television cooking shows, including ‘Iron Chef,’ ‘Next Iron Chef,’ ‘Secrets of a Restaurant Chef’ and ‘Worst Cooks in America.’ She recently published ‘Cook Like a Rock Star.’

This year’s Festival of Books will be held April 21 and 22 on the USC Campus.There is no admission charge, and events on the cooking stage are free. Exact days and times are after the jump.

Saturday, April 21 11 a.m.: Michael Voltaggio, ‘VOLT ink(cooking demo).

12:30 p.m.: Gail Simmons, ‘Talking with My Mouth Full’ (cooking demo).

2 p.m.: Nancy Silverton, ‘The Mozza Cookbook,’ and Michael Voltaggio, ‘VOLT ink’ (panel on L.A. restaurant scene).

3:30 p.m.: Anne Burrell, ‘Cook Like A Rock Star’ (cooking demo).

Sunday, April 22

11 a.m.: Josiah Citrin, ‘In Pursuit of Excellence’ (cooking demo).

12:30 p.m.: Chris Cosentino, ‘Beginnings: My Way To Start a Meal’ (cooking demo).

2 p.m.: Debbie Lee, ‘Seoultown Kitchen’ (cooking demo).

3:30 p.m. – Alice Medrich, ‘Sinfully Easy Delicious Desserts’ (cooking demo).


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