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A Spring Lunch Date

A Spring Lunch Date

Two affordable, easy-to-fix menus breathe life into the art of the daytime soiree.

Yucatecan Connection

Yucatecan Connection

Regional Mexican cuisine spotlights influences from Cuba and Europe.

Fresh Young Things

Fresh Young Things

Delicate shoots and tender roots are just what we crave in spring.


Vintage Mina

Vintage Mina

The star chef’s latest venture, RN74, in the Millennium Tower, is a wine bar like S.F. has never seen.

Rising Star Chefs 2009

Rising Star Chefs 2009

This year’s batch of talented young chefs is just as promising and diverse as their predecessors.

Bay Area Diners Gone Wild

Bay Area Diners Gone Wild

Restaurant patrons have become increasingly aggressive and rude. What’s going on?

A Week Of Dining Deals

A Week Of Dining Deals

Recession blues? Bite back with these discounted cocktails, wine and chef-designed menus.

Guide To Good Dim Sum

Guide To Good Dim Sum

The Chronicle goes in search of the best dim sum in the Bay Area, plus what to order and how.

10 Pantry Essentials

10 Pantry Essentials

Short on time and inspiration? A well-stocked cupboard is the solution.

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Spring Fling

Spring Fling

Think beyond Sauvignon Blanc for your spring entertaining.

What's New

Restaurant Openings

Mustards Grill, Otoro, Beautifull and Fly Bar & Restaurant open.

Weir's 'Tequila'

Weir’s ‘Tequila’

Just in time for Cinco de Mayo, noted author and food personality Joanne Weir celebrates Tequila’s popularity.

Kids Get Cooking

Parents looking for summer activities for their children might want to give a look to the Bay Area’s many kids’ cooking programs.
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Books Update

On the Cover of Sunday’s Book Review

Christopher Plummer, it turns out, can write almost as well as he acts, and his finely observed memoir is a dishy treat for anyone who loves the theater — or the vanished New York of the 1950s and ’60s.

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Also in This Week’s Book Review

This novel, about an Ohio girl’s disappearance and its effect on her community, acknowledges the depth of loss and the limits of healing.
In Forrest Gander’s first novel, passion and betrayal lead to a poet’s untimely end.

Learned, playful poems that glory in the sound of the language.

A novel about love — parental, romantic and sexual.

Two novels, newly translated, provide glimpses into the state of the German psyche in times of change.

Kathleen Norris describes a soul-weariness that is similar to but distinct from depression.

Laura Miller examines how “The Chronicles of Narnia” shaped her imagination.
A history — and analysis — of psychotherapy from Freud’s couch to the present.

The life and ideas of Giordano Bruno, a futuristic thinker burned at the stake for heresy in 1600.

Gustav Niebuhr reports on the state of interreligious efforts in America.
In Bruce Jay Friedman’s stories, aging characters shrug off the tragedy — mostly.

Children’s Books

In the first of 20 of Tomi Ungerer’s dark, absurd picture books to be reissued by Phaidon Press, three robbers liberate a little girl from her evil aunt.

Old Bear goes into hibernation, dreams of the seasons of his youth and emerges in spring.
A memoir about growing up with five brothers — and getting into trouble — in the Flint, Mich., of the 1950s.

More children’s books reviewed.

Books Features


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In the News

Mr. O’Brien was an Irish diplomat, politician, man of letters and public intellectual who staked out an independent position for Ireland in the United Nations.
“Greetings, Friends!,” an annual poem in The New Yorker, vanished after its 1998 iteration and has not been seen again until now.

New in Stores

Books of The Times

“Panic” carries the cautionary message that the wisdom brought by a financial collapse is wisdom that rarely sticks.

Best Sellers

Web Features

Recently in the Book Review’s blog: questions for Alex Beam; the return of John Kenneth Galbraith; Roger Bennett and Josh Kun’s Chanukah playlist.
This week: Alex Witchel on Christopher Plummer’s memoir; Motoko Rich with Notes From the Field; Bruce Jay Friedman, the author of “Three Balconies”; and Jennifer Schuessler with best-seller news. Sam Tanenhaus is the host.

Editor’s Note

Thanks for taking the time to read this e-mail. Feel free to send feedback; I enjoy hearing your opinions and will do my best to respond.
Blake Wilson
Books Producer
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