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Ladies Who Lunch

on August 02nd, 2010
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Author Mireille Guiliano with Sophie Gayot

Author Mireille Guiliano with Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot

What happens when ladies go to lunch together, especially if some of them are French? Chances are they will be talking about food, and how to stay thin.


This is what happened to me when Mireille Guiliano, the author of “French Women Don’t Get Fat,” was in Los Angeles to present her new book, “The French Women Don’t Get Fat Cookbook.” The book is, of course, a logical sequel to the first one. Guiliano tested all the recipes: 150 new ones and eight classics from the first book.

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Chef Curtis Stone showing his new book to Sophie Gayot

Chef Curtis Stone showing his new book to Sophie Gayot

By Sophie Gayot

What better way to experience a cookbook than to cook with the author himself? Since it is summer and we all enjoy the outdoors, celebrity chef Curtis Stone put on his apron last week to show us some of his barbecue recipes.


From his latest release, Relaxed Cooking with Curtis Stone, we enjoyed the baby-back ribs. I am sure it was due to the barbecue sauce, both sweet and sour (page 192); it was so good I used the leftover the next day on chicken, and vegetables. Stone suggested seasoning lobster with a white sauce, lemon and parsley before putting it on the grill (page 183).


For a light, sweet finish, he had prepared lemon curd tarts topped with fresh raspberries (page 250). He likes to tell the story that lemon curd is one of the first things his mum taught him to make.

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A Sweet Afternoon

on March 21st, 2009
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All of us celebrating Jacques Torres's new book

All of us celebrating Jacques Torres’s new book

By Sophie Gayot

Jacques Torres, aka Mr. Chocolate, got help from a few of his fellow chef friends while in town to celebrate the release of his third book. “A Year in Chocolate” is all about chocolate recipes for holidays and special occasions, including eighty ultimate creations for all chocolate lovers. The event was held at his wife’s store Madame Chocolat in Beverly Hills, a dream shop for many of us.



Just as we were taking the photo with Jacques his wife Hasty, and chefs Denis Depoitre (The Dining Room), Bruno Lopez, Sylvain Rivet (Amuse Bouche), Remi Lauvand and Guy Gabriele (Café Pierre),  restaurateur and interior designer Barbara Lazaroff (Spago) walked in and suddenly made the picture much better!

Dining with Curtis Stone

on November 12th, 2008
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Take Home Chef Curtis Stone with Sophie Gayot

Take Home Chef Curtis Stone with Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot


We all know TLC’s Take Home Chef Curtis Stone, who made the 2006 People magazine’s list of sexiest men alive. (And I can confirm it is still very true).

Last night, instead of him coming to my kitchen to cook, I was very lucky to go his house. He prepared dinner in front of my eyes: lobster ravioli, mushroom soup, white truffle risotto and a few more dishes. 

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