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Bookstore boasts stellar lineup for February



From Pasadena Weekly Staff

Renowned bookstore Vroman’s is hosting more high-profile virtual programs throughout February.

The “Vroman’s Live” events take place virtually. Register through Anyone with questions is asked to send an email

Marc Brown discussed
“Believe in yourself: What
We learned from ‘Arthur’”

6 p.m. Wednesday, February 2nd

As the award-winning TV series Arthur celebrates its 25th anniversary, what better way to celebrate America’s favorite aardvark than with this collection of life lessons perfect for graduations and other milestones?

Join Arthur and friends as they share the funniest and heartiest moments from the nation’s longest-running children’s television show and classic book series, created by master storyteller Marc Brown. This treasure trove of quotes and life lessons is divided into five sections.

Joe Ide talks about The Goodbye Coast: A Philip Marlowe Novel

6 p.m. Thursday, February 3

Raymond Chandler’s legendary detective Philip Marlowe gets a dramatic and colorful reinvention from award-winning novelist Joe Ide.

The seductive and relentless character Marlowe is vividly reimagined in contemporary Los Angeles. Here’s a city full of scheming Malibu actresses, ruthless gang members, virulent inequality, and washed-up police. Ide envisions a Marlowe very accurately from our times: a quiet, lonely, and remarkably capable and confident private investigator, despite living in the shadow of his father, a once-eminent LAPD homicide detective who is city-wide famous and has given in to him has drinking after the death of Marlowe’s mother.

Marlowe accepts two missing persons cases against his better judgment – the first, a daughter of a faded, tyrannical Hollywood starlet, and the second, a British child stolen from her mother by her father.

The Goodbye Coast centers on Marlowe’s difficult and confusing relationship with his father, a son who despises but respects his father, and a father who cannot hide his bitter disappointment in his grown boy.

Set in the richly detailed ethnic neighborhoods of modern LA, Ide’s “The Goodbye Coast” is a bold recreation that’s maliciously funny, cleverly staged and surprisingly gentle.

Michelle Tam discussed
“Nom Nom Paleo, 3: Let’s Go!”

Friday, February 4, 6 p.m

Michelle Tam and Henry Fong know the healthiest meal is the one you make yourself, so they’re all about getting you off your bum and into the kitchen. Whether you’re cooking for yourself, preparing a family dinner, or preparing a celebration dinner for a special occasion, Nom Nom Paleo: Let’s Go! will delight you with deliciously nutritious dishes.

Weeknight dinners should be healthy and flavorful, but also quick and easy. Weekends and celebrations, on the other hand, are the perfect excuse to craft sophisticated (but basic) crowd pullers. This cookbook features insanely delicious recipes for all occasions, and each one is free from grains, gluten, dairy and refined sugar. Even better? No one in your family will notice what’s missing!

As always, Nom Nom Paleo’s recipes reflect the diverse cuisines Tam grew up with and culinary ideas from her travels. Often Asian-inspired, Tam’s no-frills recipes maximize flavor, optimize whole foods, and are presented with photos of every step, making them utterly foolproof—even for novice cooks.

Lisa Lutz discusses in conversation with Chris Pavone
“The accomplice”

6 p.m. Tuesday, February 8

Owen Mann is charming, privileged, and chronically unhappy. Luna Gray is secretive, cautious and pragmatic. Despite their differences, they develop a bond the moment they meet in college. Their names soon become inseparable – Owen and Luna – and remain so after an unexplained death rocks their social circle.

They are still best friends years later when Luna finds Owen’s wife brutally murdered. The police investigation sheds light on some long-buried secrets, but they cannot penetrate the wall of mystery that surrounds Owen. To find out what happened and why, Luna must unearth the one secret she’s been burying her whole life.

The Complice brilliantly examines the bonds of a shared history, what it costs to break them, and what happens when you wonder how well you know the one person who really knows you.

Randal J. Metz presents “Enchanted Strings:
Bob Baker Marionette Theater

Saturday, February 12, 1 p.m

Since 1963, the Bob Baker Marionette Theater has been delighting families in Los Angeles and beyond with its delightful puppet performances.

It’s not fall in Los Angeles without a screening of Halloween Spooktacular, and no holiday season is complete without a puppet show of The Nutcracker. Now, for the first time, the visual history of the theater has been captured in the pages of a book, from Bob Baker’s earliest days to the theater’s transformation into a thriving non-profit organization. The text describes a theater at the peak of its powers, putting on performances for school children and collaborating with Disney on live-action films. The images bring some of Bob Baker’s most popular shows to life, with new and old photographs from performances introducing iconic characters like The Black Cat and Bobo the Clown.

Heather O’Neill discusses in conversation with Edward Carey
“When We Lost Our Heads”

6 p.m. Thursday, February 17

The charismatic Marie Antoine is the daughter of the richest man in 19th-century Montreal. She has everything she wants except a best friend – until the clever, scheming Sadie Arnett moves into the neighborhood.

Instantly united by their passion and intensity, Marie and Sadie are attracted and repelled in ways that excite them both. Their games soon become risky, even violent. Forced into separation by the adults around them, they spend years alternately committing innocence and depravity. And when a unique event brings them together again, the dizzying effects will turn the city upside down.

Traveling from a repressive high school to a bustling brothel, When We Lost Our Heads takes readers first-hand into the brutality of factory life and the opulent lives of Montreal’s rich. “When We Lost Our Heads” explores gender, sex, desire, class and the power of the human heart when it can’t let someone go.

Daniel A. Olivas discusses in conversation with Professor Alvaro Huerta
“How to Date a Flying Mexican”

6 p.m. Wednesday, February 23

During the pandemic and after his father’s death, Daniel A. Olivas set out to review nearly 25 years of his short stories published in various collections or as parts of novels.

He found that many of his tales fell into the world of magic, fairy tales, fables, and dystopian futures. This review also revealed that many of his fictions – either directly or indirectly – were confronted with issues of morality, justice, and self-determination while being deeply steeped in Chicano and Mexican culture. Olivas decided to select his favorite stories from the many dozens of stories that populated his published works.

He added two topical stories to the mix – one dystopian, the other magical – both of which confront the anti-immigrant rhetoric and policies of the last government.

The result is How to Date a Flying Mexican: New and Collected Stories. Although his books have been taught in colleges and high schools across the country for over two decades, this collection brings together some of his most unforgettable strange stories, to be enjoyed again by his fans and again by readers who have not yet experienced Olivas’ distinct fiction.

Patt Morrison Talks “Rio-LA: Tales from the Los Angeles River”

6 p.m. Thursday, February 24

Rio-LA: Tales from the Los Angeles River 20th Anniversary Edition chronicles the history and lore of the Los Angeles River. When the book was first published in 2001, few people considered the river, but due to Morrison’s dedication to the subject, LA River was rediscovered.

The river has become the center of the county’s 2021 master plan to make it the heart of the city again, its lifeline for all things positive: an antidote to homelessness; a source of more affordable housing; new jobs; much health and serenity. Morrison traces this rediscovery in her expansive new Afterword, tracing pages of river history that stretch back to before the founding of the pueblo known as Los Angeles.

Carol Wallace and Rick Hamlin present
“Our people” and “Even silence is praise”

Friday, February 25, 6 p.m

In “Our Kind of People,” Helen Wilcox has one wish: to make her daughters successful in society. From the upper class itself, Helen’s unconventional – albeit happy – marriage has made the girls’ social position precarious. Then her husband jeopardizes the family fortune on an elevated train that he claims will change the face of the city and the way people live in New York, but will it ruin the Wilcoxes first?

As daughters Jemima and Alice navigate the rise and fall of their families, each is forced to reassess who they are and even who they should love.

From the author of To Marry an English Lord, an inspiration for Downton Abbey, comes a charming and cutthroat tale of a world where an invitation or a stare avoided can mean the difference between fortune and ruin.

Even silence is praise: quiet your mind and awaken your soul with Christian meditation.” Through stories, practical advice, and helpful suggestions, Rick Hamlin guides Christians to focus their minds and hearts on God as they seek to hear the still little voice above it all to hear noise and chaos in the world.

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Guiding the way to thrive



Jan Juc naturopath Rebecca Winkler has always found joy in the practice of cooking nourishing meals for others.

That pastime spilled over into developing recipes and it was during lockdown that her culinary passion led her to become a qualified plant-based chef and a raw dessert chef.

Now the mum-of-two has expertly thrown all of her skills into the mix to achieve a long-held goal of producing a book.

Released as an eBook, with a print version to hopefully follow, 14 Day Whole Food Feast is a comprehensive two-week meal plan designed to nourish the body and delight the tastebuds.

Within its pages are recipes for whole food snacks, lunch and dinner meals, lunchbox ideas, and time-saving tips.

14 Day Whole Food Feast by Rebecca Winkler is available now as an eBook.

“My motivation was both personal and professional,” Rebecca says.

“On a professional note, I found so many patients were having difficulty finding family-friendly, whole food recipes to help them navigate various dietary needs.

“The recipes are easy to follow, a shopping list is provided and time frames are taken into account so slower cooked meals or more time-consuming recipes are saved for weekends.”

Rebecca says the eBook can function purely as a recipe resource or be followed meticulously for a 14-day reset.

“Food prep guidance is given at the start of each week in order to get ahead and be organized as possible.

The eBook includes lunch, dinner and snack ideas, as well as shopping lists and naturopathic advice.

“Dinners are often incorporated into leftovers for lunch the next day and naturopathic guidance is provided around ways to maximize your time by incorporating regular exercise and practicing self-care.”

The idea for the book began to brew in 2019 during a solo trip Rebecca took with colleagues which gave her the space to establish a clear vision for the content she wanted to share.

“I began developing and refining recipe, enlisting a beautiful photographer and graphics team to allow my dream to be realised.

“The long-term plan is to release a number of other eBooks and, eventually, print a hard copy, real-life book to be loved and to splash your chocolate and bolognaise sauce on. The kind of recipe book that you find yourself grabbing time and time again.”

The eBook is filled with nutritious recipes and much more.

So, what are some of Rebecca’s personal favorites featured in her carefully curated eBook?

“Ooh, that’s like trying to choose a favorite child,” she laughs.

“I know it might seem boring, but the slow-cooked bolognaise with hand-made gluten-free fettucine is an absolute favourite.
“We make it weekly in my house and every time my kids exclaim ‘this is the best bolognaise ever’.”

The slow cooked beef pie, kafir lime chicken balls and whole food cranberry bliss balls are also hard to pass up, she says.

Rebecca avoids listing ideal ingredients for people to incorporate into their diet, instead saying the most beneficial ingredients are those that make you feel at your best.

“Not everyone tolerates grains, some don’t tolerate fruit, others have difficulty digesting meat and protein.

“My advice is to listen and take note of how your body feels when you eat.

“Are you bloated, do you have pain in your gut, loose stools, headaches or fatigue?

Rebecca is a qualified naturopath, as well as being a plant-based chef and raw dessert chef.

“I am more inclined to advise people to source good quality ingredients, grow what they can, and cook from scratch as much as time and money allows.

“Eat three meals a day and snack only if you are hungry, growing, pregnant or exercising.

“Try to consume 30-35ml of water per kg of body weight. Add plenty of vegetables, fresh herbs, variety and colour.

“Our gut flora thrives on variety, so mix up your veggies, fruits, grain, legumes and proteins. Eat the rainbow.”

To get the most out of the eBook, the author suggests reading it from cover-to-cover and choosing a 14-day period where you are at home and have minimal social engagements.

Rebecca is passionate about naturopathy which she describes as a holistic, comprehensive view of the body in its entirety and “a wonderful adjunct to Western Medicine for patients as it ensures medical due diligence is exercised, adequate diagnostic testing where appropriate and an individualized approach to restoring health”.

Rebecca’s advice is to “eat the rainbow” when it comes to healthy food choices.

She says many of her clients are seeking ways to regain optimal health following extended periods of lockdown during the pandemic.

“There is no doubt that most of us found ourselves allowing more in alcohol and comfort foods over lockdown, which is nothing to feel ashamed about.

“In such a difficult, confining and overwhelming time, we sought comfort where ever it may lie for us.

“This is not a failure, it was merely a way for so many to cope. I never judge anyone’s choices, I merely try to support, understand and listen.

“Often we already know what we need to do to rebuild or move forward, simply sharing and being heard without shame or judgment is therapeutic.

“I cannot describe to you the genuine joy that seeing people thrive provides.”

14 Day Whole Food Feast retails for $19.95 and on the Rebecca Winkler website. Discover more and contact Rebecca via her Facebook page, Instagram @rebeccawinklernaturopath or email [email protected]

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Get to know farro and other superfood whole grains



By Casey Barber, CNN

Quinoa has reached a level of superfood status not seen since the great kale takeover of the aughts. Equally embraced and mocked in pop culture, it’s become the symbol of the grain bowl generation. It’s not the only whole grain that’s worth bringing to the table, however.

The world of whole grains is wide, and if quinoa and brown rice have been the only grains on your plate, it’s time to expand your palate. Here’s an introduction to whole grains, along with tips for cooking and enjoying them.

What’s a whole grain?

The term “whole grains” encompasses all grains and seeds that are, well, whole. They retain all their edible parts: the fiber-rich outer bran layer; the carbohydrate-rich endosperm center, which makes up the bulk of the grain itself; and the inner core, or germ, which is packed with vitamins, protein and healthy fats.

On the other hand, refined grains such as white rice and all-purpose flour have been milled to remove the bran and germ, stripping away much of the fiber, protein and vitamins, and leaving only the starchy endosperm.

“A lot of people don’t realize that whole grains contain several grams of protein in addition to vitamins and antioxidants,” said Nikita Kapur, a registered dietitian nutritionist in New York City. With every serving of whole grains, “you get a ton of minerals, B vitamins and fiber, which is especially important for good health.”

So-called “ancient grains” fall under the umbrella of whole grains, though the phrase is more of a marketing term than a marker of a more nutritious option. Ancient grains refer to whole grains like millet, amaranth, kamut and, yes, quinoa that have been the staple foods of cultures for several hundred years. They are not hybridized or selectively bred varieties of grains, like most modern wheat, rice and corn.

And though quinoa has gotten all the press as a whole grain superfood, there’s good reason to try others. Trying a variety of whole grains isn’t just a way to mix up your same-old side dish routine. It’s also a chance to get a wider portfolio of minerals and more into your diet.

“Suffice to say, we need to have a more diverse plant-based diet” to get the full complement of recommended nutrients in our meals, Kapur said, “and we can’t get it from the same 10 or 20 foods.

“One grain might have more manganese, another more zinc or magnesium, and another more protein,” she added. “Try one as a pasta, one as a porridge — you do you, as long as there’s a variety.”

Familiar foods like oats, corn, brown and other colors of rice, as well as wild rice (which is an aquatic grass), are all considered whole grains, but there are many others you’ll want to add to your regular repertoire.

Some whole grains to get to know

amaranth is a tiny gluten-free grain that can be simmered until soft for a creamy polenta-like dish, but it also makes a deliciously crunchy addition to homemade energy bars or yogurt bowls when it’s been toasted. To toast amaranth seeds, cook over medium heat in a dry pan, shaking frequently until they begin to pop like minuscule popcorn kernels.

Buckwheat is gluten-free and botanically related to rhubarb, but these polygonal seeds (also called groats) don’t taste anything like fruit. You might already be familiar with buckwheat flour, used in pancakes and soba noodles, or Eastern European kasha, which is simply toasted buckwheat.

Faro is the overarching Italian name for three forms of ancient wheat: farro piccolo, or einkorn; farro medio, or emmer; and farro grande, or spelled. The farro you typically find at the store is the emmer variety, and it’s a rustic, pumped-up wheat berry that’s ideal as a grain bowl base. Or make an Italian-inspired creamy Parmesan farro risotto.

Freekeh is a wheat variety that’s harvested when unripe, then roasted for a surprisingly smoky, nutty flavor and chewy texture. Freekeh’s taste is distinctive enough that it steals the spotlight in your meals, so use it in ways that highlight its flavor. It’s fantastic in a vegetarian burrito bowl paired with spicy salsa, or in a warming chicken stew.

kamut is actually the trademarked brand name for an ancient type of wheat called Khorasan, which features large grains, a mild taste and tender texture. It’s a good, neutral substitute for brown rice in a pilaf or as a side dish. Or try this high-protein grain in a salad with bold flavors like arugula, blood orange and walnut.

millet is a gluten-free seed with a cooked texture similar to couscous. Teff is a small variety of millet that’s most frequently used as the flour base for Ethiopian injera flatbread. Try raw millet mixed into batters and doughs for a bit of crunch, like in this millet skillet cornbread recipe, or use either teff or millet cooked in a breakfast porridge.

How to cook any whole grain

While cooking times vary for each grain, there’s one way to cook any whole grain, whether it’s a tiny seed or a large, chewy kernel: Boil the grains like pasta.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add a handful of kosher salt. Add the grains and cook, tasting as you go, until tender. Small grains like amaranth and quinoa can cook fully in five to 15 minutes, while larger grains like farro and wild rice can take anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour — so keep an eye on your pot and check it frequently.

Drain well in a mesh strainer (to catch all those small grains) and either use immediately or allow to cool slightly, then refrigerate for later meals. Cooked whole grains can also be portioned, frozen and stored in airtight bags for up to six months.

If you want to cook your whole grains in an Instant Pot or other multicooker, this chart offers grain-to-water ratios for many of the grains mentioned here.

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Casey Barber is a food writer, illustrator and photographer; the author of “Pierogi Love: New Takes on an Old-World Comfort Food” and “Classic Snacks Made from Scratch: 70 Homemade Versions of Your Favorite Brand-Name Treats”; and editor of the website Good. foods Stories.

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Travel: A quaint county seat with Mayberry charm | Lifestyles – Travel



I finally ventured out for my first road trip of 2022 earlier this month. It’s been way too long since I took a little trip and it was long overdue. My last little getaway was in Chicago the week of Christmas. The day I returned I wasn’t feeling very well and an at-home test confirmed that I had COVID — again.

The first time was in November 2020 and it was a severe case that landed me in the hospital with pneumonia and difficulty breathing and then many months of recovery. Luckily this time around it just lasted a couple of weeks. At the same time I was pushing through COVID we were in the process of moving. And my Dad, who had tested positive for COVID not long before me, passed away. So, it’s been a heck of a start to 2022. A getaway was much needed.

It was a brief 24 hours in the Indianapolis area, but as always I packed a bit in and had a lot of good food. On our way down we stopped off in Rensselaer for lunch at Fenwick Farms Brewing Co. and took a little walk to check out the murals that are part of the Ren Art Walk. That evening I attended a media opening of the newly reopened Dinosphere exhibit at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.

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It’s a place I adore and still enjoy visiting even though my kids are teenagers and young adults now. I love being greeted by the huge Bumblebee character on the way in from what is probably my favorite action move, “The Transformers.” The largest children’s museum in the world has so much to see and I’ve loved having the chance to explore it both with and without my kids.

After the event it was a quick overnight at Staybridge Suites in Plainfield, and in the morning we headed to Danville. Danville is the county seat of Hendricks County. I adore county seats with downtown squares and this is one of my favorites. On an earlier visit there we were in town for the Mayberry in the Midwest festival, which had lots of activities related to the classic TV show “The Andy Griffith Show” that was set in the fictional town of Mayberry.

Danville definitely has that charming, inviting, friendly small town vibe that feels like it could be a sitcom setting. We ate at the Mayberry Cafe where old episodes play on television screens and the menu is full of down-home, made-with-love comfort foods, with a specialty being “Aunt Bee’s Famous Fried Chicken.” I tried it and it was very tasty. The whole place made me smile like Opie after a fishing outing with his dad.

This time our dining destination was The Bread Basket. I had tried their desserts at a few events, but it was my first time dining in. It’s located in a house that was built for the president of Central Normal College in 1914 and is cute and cozy. It’s a breakfast and lunch spot, so plan to go early and be prepared for a wait during peak times (but it’s well worth it).

My Dilly Turkey Sandwich on fresh wheat nut bread with an Orchard Salad was delicious. I loved that they had a combo option where you could pick a half sandwich and half salad or cup of soup. But the desserts are the real star here. I stared at that dessert case for several minutes — and I wasn’t the only one.

I was seated next to it, and watched intently each time they removed a pie or cake from the case to cut a slice. I tried the Hummingbird Cake, which was a perfect treat without being too rich, and then noticed another that was so unique I had to get a slice to take home — the Blackberry Wine Chocolate Cake. If you go there and are overwhelmed with choices, go with this. You won’t regret it.

After lunch, we made our way over to the Hendricks County Historical Museum & Old County Jail, which is just off the square. For someone like me who loves history, this was a wonderful stop to incorporate into our day. It was built in 1866 and used as a jail all the way up until 1974. You can go into the old jail cells (two on the female side and four on the male side) and tour the sheriff’s home.

An exhibit has information and artifacts from when Central Normal College existed (later Canterbury College). There’s also a temporary chronological exhibit about music and musicians, featuring many Hoosier hitmakers.

After the visit, I took a breezy little walk around the square, where I was reminded that there is a nostalgic old movie theater. The historic Danville Royal Theater dates back to the early 1900s and shows current movies for just $5 a ticket.

It was then getting close to dinner time, so we decided to eat before we headed back home. A place in the nearby town of North Salem had been recommend to me and I am so glad we took time to visit. I chatted for a few minutes with Damiano Perillo, owner of Perillo’s Pizzeria. He’s a native of Palermo, the capital of Sicily. The food is authentic and almost all of it is made fresh daily, including their garlic rolls, marinara and alfredo sauces. The New York-style pizzas are perfection.

They even have a nearby garden where they grow many of the fresh vegetables and herbs used in their dishes. They have gluten free pastas, too, and the lady at the next table had some and was raving about it. We also tried the homemade Sicilian cannoli and the limoncello flute, and trust me when I say to definitely not skip dessert.

There was one last food stop. Although we had just eaten, I realized we’d be driving right by Rusted Silo Southern BBQ & Brewhouse in Lizton and just couldn’t pass it up. I made my husband pull in and pick up some food to go. We got the brisket and their house made pimento cheese, chorizo ​​and kielbasa and took it home. I was introduced to it last fall and there is a reason they have been voted Best BBQ in the Indy area four years in a row. I loved hearing about how this eatery located next to a railroad literally stops trains in their tracks to get food from this award-winning BBQ joint.

All three of these places — The Bread Basket, Perillo’s Pizzeria and Rusted Silo are ones that you should absolutely include in your itinerary if you happen to be in the Indianapolis area.

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