My specialties include general lifestyle, arts and culture, profiles, beauty, shelter/design, business and wellness. Note that some articles were written under my pseudonym, Pauline Estrem.
Christina Tosi was utterly giddy to talk about her new cookbook, Milk Bar: Kids Only, when I spoke to her over the phone recently.
“I just got my hands on the cookbook yesterday,” says the celebrity chef. “I was laying in bed, being like, ‘Oh my gosh, it’s here! It’s happening!’ in a really sweet, fun, playful, celebratory way.”
That childlike spirit, which resounds throughout her new children’s cookbook, is a hallmark of Tosi’s character and career. The two-time James Beard Award-winning che...
Life, liberty, and the pursuit of pizza — those are the core tenets of Pizza to the Polls, a nonprofit that’s raised $490,000 and delivered 16,500 pizzas to 2,500 polling places since 2016, keeping voters fed and motivated while waiting in line.
Part cookbook, part history book, part chronicle of today’s Black chefs, Chef Marcus Samuelsson’s new book, The Rise: Black Cooks and the Soul of American Food, is an ode to the complexity of Black cuisine. Released on October 27, it’s also a call for society to recognize the contributions of this cuisine, a mission standing on three pillars: “authorship of our food and rituals; memory of history, where we started, and where we’ve gone; and aspiration for the future.”
If there were ever a time to embrace comfort food, this is it. That’s the opinion of TV personality and best-selling author Ina Garten, who just happens to have a new book on the subject, Modern Comfort Food: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook, released on October 6.
But don’t think she’s exploiting the moment: The host of Barefoot Contessa on the Food Network came up with the idea two years ago.
In 2020, it’s easy to feel like we’re living in a dystopian tale, and many of us are in survival mode. We naturally look to food, water, safety, clean air, masks, jobs, and healthcare for sustenance. But we also look to stories to keep us going. We at Shondaland understand the power of storytelling because that’s what we do. We also know the power of a good book. Now more than ever, we realize their importance to help us feel connected and comforted during trying times. With that in mind, we ...
Like most business owners, Alix Peabody, CEO and founder of Bev, a canned wine company in Los Angeles, was anxious when the pandemic hit. Her direct-to-consumer vino had just started selling in Target and grocery stores, and she worried that momentum would come to a screeching halt.
It’s been 20 years since the movie Erin Brockovich hit theaters, telling the true story of an inexperienced legal clerk and single mom who helped residents of Hinkley, California, win a $333 million class-action lawsuit against the Pacific Gas and Electric Company in 1996 for contaminating area groundwater. Julia Roberts won an Oscar for her portrayal of the titular character, and Brockovich became a household name.
No, Emma Donoghue doesn’t have a crystal ball. The best-selling author didn’t see COVID-19 coming when she decided to write her new novel, The Pull of the Stars, which is set amid the 1918 flu pandemic. But after reading an article two years about the devastating disease, which killed over 50 million worldwide, Donoghue’s interest was piqued. Given her penchant for historical fiction (The Wonder, Frog Music, Slammerkin), it seemed like an intriguing backdrop for a story.
In our series What It’s Like, we talk with people from a wide range of backgrounds to learn how their lives have changed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. For our latest installment, we spoke with Megan Lane, a freelance writer in Wading River, New York. In addition to depression, generalized anxiety disorder, anorexia nervosa, and ADHD, the 30-year-old has been diagnosed with agoraphobia.
Agoraphobia is often simply defined as a fear of leaving home. In reality, it’s an anxiety disorder that...
To say the past year has been a roller coaster for Chef Dominique Crenn is a gross understatement. It’s been filled with lows, like her breast cancer diagnosis and the pandemic that has decimated the restaurant industry, as well as highs, like her engagement to actress Maria Bello and her forthcoming memoir. The French-born, San Francisco-based restaurateur's new book, Rebel Chef: In Search of What Matters, explores her journey from being an adopted girl in France to the first female chef in ...
Excited whispers and the click of camera shutters told me we were getting close.
Sure enough, across expansive golden fields, I spotted the monument in the distance, looming above the horizon like a fortress.
Despite our group’s anticipation, I imagined that the early pilgrims who trekked to France’s Mont-Saint-Michel, a tidal island crowned by a medieval monastery, felt our excitement tenfold. After all, many had walked miles to reach this, one of the top pilgrimage sites in Christendom, bra...
"13 Reasons Why" Actor Bex Taylor-Klaus on the Show's Third Season, Auditioning as a Non-Binary Actor, and More
Trigger Warning: This post contains language about sexual assault and suicidal ideation that some readers may find disturbing.
During season 1 of the Netflix drama 13 Reasons Why, the scene showing Hannah Baker's death by suicide sparked controversy among viewers, critics, and mental health professionals for its graphic portrayal. Among those detractors was actor Bex Taylor-Klaus, who stars in season 3 of the series.
“When I heard they were going to be changing what was depicted in season 1, ...
While Facebook may no longer be the most relevant social media platform, with young users quitting it in droves, it has become more and more important in the work of law enforcement. For one detective in Delray Beach, Florida—part of the “rehab capital of America” and a major hub of the opioid epidemic—Facebook has been essential in the fight against corrupt operators in the area’s drug rehabilitation industry.