Past Events

October 25

Yotam Ottolenghi

Dinner

We are honored to be hosting Yotam Ottolenghi for the third time at Live Talks Los Angeles, and excited about doing something special — a three course dinner, paired with selections from Ottolenghi Simple and Sweet: Desserts from London’s Ottolenghi. He is the author of the New York Times best-selling cookbooks Plenty, Ottolenghi, Plenty More, NOPI, Sweet, and Jerusalem, which was awarded Cookbook of the Year by the International Association of Culinary Professionals and Best International Cookbook by the James Beard Foundation. He lives in London, where he co-owns an eponymous group of restaurants and the fine dining restaurants NOPI and ROVI. He previously appeared at Continue reading…

October 23

Roger Daltrey with Judd Apatow

Roger Daltrey is the lead vocalist and founding member of The Who. His career has spanned more than 50 years, with a solo career producing eight studio albums. A daytime worker at a sheet metal factory, he first assembled The Who in 1961, recruiting John Entwistle and agreeing to John’s proposal that Pete Townshend should join. Daltrey was the band’s voice, a powerhouse frontman known for his stage presence and energy. As a member of The Who, Daltrey was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990 and received a Kennedy Center Honor in 2008.

October 22

Michael Beschloss

Preeminent presidential historian Michael Beschloss shares a groundbreaking and often surprising saga of America’s wartime chief executives in his new book, Presidents of War —  a fresh, magisterial, intimate look at a procession of American leaders, from James Madison and the War of 1812 to recent times. It brings us into the room as they make the most difficult decisions that face any President, at times sending hundreds of thousands of American men and women war. author of nine books on presidential history, including, most recently, the New York Times bestsellers Presidential Courage and The Conquerors, as well as two volumes on Lyndon Johnson’s White House tapes.  

October 21

An Afternoon with

Pete Souza

We welcome Pete Souza back to our stage. We hosted him in January 2017 for his book, Obama: An Intimate Portrait.  Souza was the Chief Official White House Photographer for President Obama and the Director of the White House Photo Office. As Chief Official White House Photographer, Pete Souza spent more time alongside President Barack Obama than almost anyone else. His years photographing the President gave him an intimate behind-the-scenes view of the unique gravity of the Office of the Presidency–and the tremendous responsibility that comes with it. Shade is a portrait in Presidential contrasts, telling the tale of the Obama and Trump Continue reading…

October 17

René Redzepi and David Zilber

At Noma—four times named the world’s best restaurant—every dish includes some form of fermentation, whether it’s a bright hit of vinegar, a deeply savory miso, an electrifying drop of garum, or the sweet intensity of black garlic. Fermentation is one of the foundations behind Noma’s extraordinary flavor profiles. René Redzepi, chef and co-owner of Noma, and David Zilber, the chef who runs the restaurant’s acclaimed fermentation lab, share never-before-revealed techniques to creating Noma’s extensive pantry of ferments. With more than 500 step-by-step photographs and illustrations, and with every recipe approachably written and meticulously tested, The Noma Guide to Fermentation takes readers far Continue reading…

October 16

Beth Comstock with Krisztina Holly

Beth Comstock is the former Vice Chair of GE, where for twenty-five years she led GE’s efforts to accelerate new growth. She built GE’s Business Innovations and GE Ventures, which develops new businesses, and oversaw the reinvention of GE Lighting. She was named GE’s Chief Marketing Officer in 2003. She served as President of Integrated Media at NBC Universal, from 2006-08, overseeing the company’s digital efforts, including the early formation of Hulu. She has been named to the Fortune and Forbes lists of the World’s Most Powerful women. In Imagine It Forward, Comstock, in a candid and deeply personal narrative, shares lessons from a thirty year career as Continue reading…

October 11

Eric Idle with Bob Saget

From the ingenious comic performer, founding member of Monty Python, and creator of Spamalot, comes an absurdly funny memoir of unparalleled wit and heartfelt candor. Eric Idle is a comedian, actor, author, and singer-songwriter who found immediate fame on television with the sketch-comedy show Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Following its success, they began making films that include Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), Life of Brian (1979) and The Meaning of Life (1983). Eric wrote, directed, and created The Rutles, the world’s first-ever mockumentary, as well as the Tony Award-winning musical, Spamalot (2005).  

October 10

Lisa Brennan-Jobs with Lisa Napoli

“Small Fry” is a frank, smart and captivating memoir by the daughter of Apple founder Steve Jobs. Her childhood unfolded in a rapidly changing Silicon Valley. When she was young, Lisa’s father was a mythical figure who was rarely present in her life. As she grew older, her father took an interest in her, ushering her into a new world of mansions, vacations, and private schools. Small Fry is Lisa Brennan-Jobs’s poignant story of childhood and growing up. Part portrait of a complex family, part love letter to California in the seventies and eighties, Small Fry is an enthralling story by Continue reading…

October 8

Scott Harrison with Sophia Bush

Scott Harrison, the founder and CEO of the nonprofit charity: water, shares an inspiring personal story of redemption, second chances, and the transformative power within us all. charity: water has mobilized over one million donors around the world to fund over 28,000 water projects in 26 countries that will serve more than 8.2 million people.

October 7

Doris Kearns Goodwin with Larry Wilmore

In this culmination of five decades of acclaimed studies in presidential history, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin offers an illuminating exploration of the early development, growth, and exercise of leadership. Are leaders born or made? Where does ambition come from? How does adversity affect the growth of leadership? Does the leader make the times or do the times make the leader? In “Leadership,” Goodwin draws upon the four presidents she has studied most closely—Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson (in civil rights)—to show how they recognized leadership qualities within themselves and were recognized as leaders Continue reading…