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| | Apr 24 2015 - 6:03am | Comments

“24 Days” — A fact-based drama inspired by Ilan Halimi, a Jewish cellphone salesman who was held captive in Paris for 24 days while his family was blackmailed. With Zabou Breitman, Pascal Elbe and Jacques Gamblin. Written by Antoine Lacomblez, Emilie Freche and Alexandre Arcady. Directed by Arcady. In French with English subtitles. (1:48) NR.

  • | Posted: Apr 23 2015 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — Writing a check has always been a fundamentally strange act. There’s the fussy ceremony of writing out the amount in words and drawing the squiggly line across the remainder of the space, ostensibly to protect against a type of fraud — tampering with individual digits — that’s quaint by today’s standards. There’s the questionable business of handing a complete stranger a document with your bank account and routing number printed plainly across it.

  • | Posted: Apr 23 2015 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — Two U.S. senators introduced legislation Monday that would require the Food and Drug Administration to evaluate and report on some of the ingredients used in cosmetics and personal-care products such as shampoo and skin cream.

  • | Posted: Apr 20 2015 - 11:17am

    As kitchen wisdom goes, I often think the best tricks are the simplest. One-pan cooking, for example. The ability to cook an entire meal on a single rimmed sheet pan — an act that leaves you with nothing but that one pan to clean when dinner’s over — to me is nothing short of magic.

  • | Posted: Apr 20 2015 - 11:17am

    We’ve lost the woman who taught America to love Italian food, but her tomato sauce may soon live on at a grocer near you.

  • | Posted: Apr 20 2015 - 11:17am

    No meat says spring quite like lamb. When I lived in France, the seasonality of meats such as lamb was celebrated. Rarely have I tasted lamb so mild and sweet as the first cuts of spring lamb from the South of France.

  • | Posted: Apr 20 2015 - 11:16am

    King salmon, also known by its Native American name “chinook,” earns the title. The largest of the Pacific salmon, a single king can weigh more than 100 pounds, though typically they’re landed at 20 to 30 pounds. King salmon is prized for its silky red flesh, buttery texture and for a high oil content that gives it a luxurious flavor.

  • | Posted: Apr 20 2015 - 11:16am

    MIAMI — They want it fresh. They want it cheap. They want it fast. And most importantly, they don’t want it to taste like it’s good for them.

  • | Posted: Apr 20 2015 - 11:16am

    Given the size of my sweet tooth (think saber tooth tiger), I have myriad sweeteners in my cupboards. White, brown and coconut sugars, crunchy turbinado, honey, date syrup and molasses, they all line the shelves alongside a curious specimen that looks something like a gnome’s hat.

  • | Posted: Apr 17 2015 - 5:43am

    Rankings for hard-cover books sold in Southern California, as reported by selected book stores:

  • | Posted: Apr 17 2015 - 5:43am

    “1915” — A mysterious theater director stages a controversial, accident-plagued production in Los Angeles about the Armenian genocide. With Simon Abkarian, Angela Sarafyan and Sam Page. Written and directed by Garin Hovannisian and Alec Mouhibian. (1:22) NR.

  • | Posted: Apr 17 2015 - 5:43am

    WASHINGTON — The shrinking space on airplanes is surely uncomfortable, but it might also be dangerous for passengers’ health and safety.

  • | Posted: Apr 14 2015 - 9:58am

    Too often, a salad is served out of obligation. We feel it is something we have to do to make the meal complete, but really don’t want to.

  • | Posted: Apr 14 2015 - 9:58am

    Frittatas are like quiches without crusts, and that makes them an ideal fast and simple weeknight dinner. They also are the ultimate have-it-your-way meal, and that makes it easy to feed a family of — inevitably — picky eaters. You all get to enjoy the same meal at the same time, but you aren’t all wedded to the same ingredients.

  • | Posted: Apr 14 2015 - 9:57am

    LOS ANGELES — More than a thousand years ago, Buddhist monks in Japan began a daily ritual of grinding green tea leaves into powder, mixing it into hot water with a bamboo whisk, then sharing the tea from a single cup.

  • | Posted: Apr 14 2015 - 9:56am

    Fans of brown spirits are taking a rye approach to imbibing.