Editor's Buzz: Foodie's Paradise


In the November issue of the magazine we make the case that eating in is, well, in. The Top Chef/Food Network/Hell’s Kitchen addicts, the farmers’ market acolytes, the Julie & Julia masses, have turned the home kitchen into the most vital room in the house. In “The Food Lovers Guide,” dine editor Lesley Bargar Suter has put together a top-notch package offering the best sources for home cooks, from fashionable new larders to old-school butchers, from ethnic spice shops to sustainable seafood outlets.

Soon after rejoining the magazine a couple of months back, editor-at-large Amy Wallace reminded me that the 20th anniversary of the Betty Broderick murders was upon us. Broderick became the epitome of the modern woman scorned when she crept into her ex-husband’s bedroom and shot him and his new wife to death. Amy, then a cub reporter at the Los Angeles Times, was assigned the “soft side,” if there could be one, of the story. Turns out Betty confessed to her. She also began a peculiarly intimate correspondence with the young writer. Twenty years later Amy reconnects with the killer who launched her career.

Also in November: longtime TV writer Seth Freeman’s humorous piece on what he learned when he was waiting for his flight at LAX; photographer Albert Sanchez’s fashion portfolio starring real-life L.A. waitresses; critic Steve Erickson’s assessment of  Curb Your Enthusiasm; contributor Marissa Gluck’s profile of musician-turned-home preservationist James Rega; Gina Piccalo’s Cut! column about parents in the Industry who won’t allow their kids to watch their work; columnist Anne Taylor Fleming on the joys and travails of buying a new car; restaurant critic Patric Kuh on the Peruvian food stand Mo-Chica; style editor Laurie Pike on the return of overalls; and a Q&A with ESPN’s enormously popular blogger Bill Simmons, who’s just written a 700-word-plus book on basketball.

Find a full table of contents here.