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Thursday, October 8, 2015
8:00pm (Reception, 6:30-7:30pm)
 
Emeril Lagasse
in conversation with Roy Choi
 
discussing his new cookbook,
Essential Emeril: Favorite Recipes 
and Hard-Won Wisdom from My Life in the Kitchen


Crest Theatre, Westwood
1262 Westwood Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90024

PURCHASE TICKETS
$47 General Admission seating + Book*
$57 Reserved Section seating + Book*
$95 Pre-Reception(6:30-7:30pm)** + Reserved Section seating + Book
Reception includes selections prepared from the book, California wine
* Books will be pre-signed, available for pick up at check-in
** Books will be personalized in person at the reception

Emeril Lagasse is the chef-proprietor of 12 restaurants across the country. He has received numerous Best Restaurant, Best Chef, and Best Service awards, and in 2013 received the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the James Beard Foundation for his work through the Emeril Lagasse Foundation, which supports children’s educational programs. The author of 18 cookbooks, his phenomenally successful Food Network show Emeril Live! launched a new era in culinary TV. In 2014, Lagasse participated in his third consecutive season as a main guest chef on Bravo’s hit food series, Top Chef, and joined TNT as co-host for their cooking series, On the Menu. Most recently, Emeril’s Florida entered its third season in January 2015 on the Cooking Channel. 

In Essential Emeril, Lagasse goes back to basics, presenting more than 130 recipes that defined his award-winning career, each tested and perfected for today’s home cook. Dishes such as Crab and Corn Fritters with Fresh Corn Mayo, Roasted Portuguese Pork Loin With Potatoes and Homemade Pimenta Moida, and White Chocolate Bread Pudding With Toasted Macadamia Caramel Sauce reflect a lifetime of lessons in technique, showcasing the big flavor for which he is known and his continued evolution in the kitchen. Emeril offers valuable tips and step-by-step photo tutorials to ensure flawless results.
 
The book includes Emeril’s anecdotes revealing the inspiration behind each recipe, with appearances from A-list names – Mario Batali, Roy Choi, and Nobu Matsuhira, to name a few – alongside family members and early influences such as Julia Child and Charlie Trotter.
 
Classically trained chef Roy Choi is a culinary street revolutionary. He brings together the high and the low – deliciously, passionately, and socially. While his pedigree includes Le Bernardin and the Beverly Hilton, his fame rose with one amazing taco that tastes like L.A. – and nearly single-handedly created the gourmet food truck movement with his partners on the wings of Twitter.

Before hitting the streets with his popular food truck Kogi BBQ, Choi executed classical techniques in professional kitchens and banquet halls for twelve years in New York, San Francisco, Portland, and Lake Tahoe. Then came the Great Recession. Laid off, having lost everything, with a family to support, Choi had to get creative: He said yes to a friend who rented a truck and co-founded Kogi BBQ, which Newsweek later dubbed “the first viral eatery.” 

Choi provided yet another source of culinary revelation with his first sit-down restaurant, Chego in April 2010, now located in Chinatown, followed by A-Frame in 2010, and Sunny Spot just east of Venice Beach in 2011. His newest restaurant venture, featuring the tastes of Korea translated through an L.A. state of mind, opened at a new hotel, The Line, in L.A. in late 2013. Choi’s first book, L.A. Son: My Life, My City, My Food, was published in the Fall of 2013.

Screen Shot 2015-08-20 at 7.15.18 AMWe’re excited about our fall line up of food events in our Live Talks Food & Wine series. All three events are preceded by a reception with selections prepared from each of the cookbooks featured and accompanied by California wines.  We feature Emeril Lagasse on October 8, Nigella Lawson on November 12 and Madhur Jaffrey on December 10.  

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Emeril Lagasse, Roy Choi

October 8
Emeril Lagasse in conversation with Roy Choi discussing his new cookbook, Essential Emeril: Favorite Recipes and Hard-Won Wisdom from My Life in the Kitchen at The Crest Theatre in Westwood.

Emeril Lagasse is the chef-proprietor of 12 restaurants across the country. He has received numerous Best Restaurant, Best Chef, and Best Service awards. He is the author of 18 cookbooks, and hosts Emeril Live! on the Food Network.  In 2014, Lagasse participated in his third consecutive season as a main guest chef on Bravo’s Top Chef, and co-hosts On the Menu for TNT.

In Essential Emeril, Lagasse goes back to basics, presenting more than 130 recipes that defined his award-winning career, each tested and perfected for today’s home cook. 
 
The book includes Emeril’s anecdotes revealing the inspiration behind each recipe, with appearances from A-list names – Mario Batali, Roy Choi, and Nobu Matsuhira, to name a few – alongside family members and early influences such as Julia Child and Charlie Trotter.
 
In conversation with Emeril is Roy Choi, the culinary street revolutionary. He co-founded Kogi BBQ, which Newsweek later dubbed “the first viral eatery.” His first sit-down restaurant, Chego opened in 2010, followed by A-Frame in 2010, and Sunny Spot just east of Venice Beach in 2011. His newest restaurant venture, featuring the tastes of Korea translated through an L.A. state of mind, opened at a new hotel, The Line, in L.A. in late 2013. Choi’s first book, L.A. Son: My Life, My City, My Food, was published in the Fall of 2013
Nigella Lawson

Nigella Lawson

November 12 
Nigella Lawson discussing her new cookbook, Simply Nigella: Feel Good Food at The Crest Theatre in Westwood

Nigella Lawson, food enthusiast, television personality, and journalist, is the author of nine bestselling books including Nigellissima, Nigella Kitchen, Nigella Fresh, Nigella Christmas, Nigella Express, Feast, Nigella Bites, How to Be a Domestic Goddess, and How to Eat. She hosts The Taste with Anthony Bourdain, Ludo Lefebvre, and Brian Malarkey. Visit her website.  

Simply Nigella is a practical cookbook  sharing delicious foods that make everyone feel better, in body and mind. There are everyday recipes that are light and easy to prepare, and indulgent dishes for special occasions. 

With 150 recipes, Simply Nigella includes breakfasts and brunches; fast, easy, and light suppers; a feasting chapter for entertaining a group; and a section dedicated to “Bowlfoods.” There is also a wide array of sweet treats, including fabulous dairy-free and gluten-free recipes.

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Madhur Jaffrey

December 10
Madhur Jaffrey
 discussing Vegetarian India: A Journey Through the Best of Indian Home Cooking at William Turner Gallery at Bergamot Arts Station, Santa Monica.

Madhur Jaffrey is the author of many previous cookbooks—seven of which have won James Beard Awards—and was named to the Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America by the James Beard Foundation. She is the recipient of an honorary CBE from Queen Elizabeth II for her services to drama and promoting the appreciation of Indian food and culture. She is also an award-winning actress, having won the Silver Bear for Best Actress at the Berlin Film Festival, with numerous major motion pictures to her credit. 

No one knows Indian food like Madhur Jaffrey. For more than forty years, the “godmother of Indian cooking” (The Independent on Sunday) has introduced Western home cooks to the vibrant cuisines of her homeland. In Vegetarian India she shares the delectable, healthful, vegetable- and grain-based foods enjoyed around the Indian subcontinent.

Jaffrey travels from north to south, and from the Arabian Sea to the Bay of Bengal, collecting recipes for the very tastiest dishes along the way. She visits the homes and businesses of shopkeepers, writers, designers, farmers, doctors, weavers, and more, gathering their stories and uncovering the secrets of their most delicious family specialties.  With more than 250 recipes, beautifully illustrated throughout, and including personal photographs from Jaffrey’s own travels, Vegetarian India is a kitchen essential for vegetable enthusiasts and home cooks everywhere.

Previous food events at Live Talks Los Angeles include: Marcus Samuelsson in 2012 discussing his memoir; Daniel Boulud with Jonathan Gold;  Suzanne Goin with Russ Parsons;  Yotam Ottolenghi with Russ Parsons; Mark Bittman with Evan Kleiman; Marcus Samuelsson with Jonathan Gold; Charlie Palmer with Michael Voltaggio. Videos in the links.