The food scene's rising star

Concord Monitor Living - Wed, 07/04/2012 - 00:00
Children's book author turned chef is determined to make her voice heard

Which side of Angela Shelf Medearis do you know?

The feathers-and-sequins-wearing cookbook author who has strutted her culinary prowess on Dr. Oz and the Today show, not to mention her own public television cooking program? Or the prolific children's book author (as in roughly 100 of them)?

Two distinct sides of the same self-proclaimed "Kitchen Diva." Two success stories she credits mostly to divine inspiration and a serious pinch of sass.

"I'm famous for my inability to cook," so says the 55-year-old Austin writer. "Going to my house was not a treat."

It helps that she clearly doesn't know how to take "no" for an answer.

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A French favorite

Concord Monitor Living - Wed, 07/04/2012 - 00:00
Crepes made with buckwheat flour offer a healthier, gluten-free taste of Montreal Embed multimedia (photos, galleries, audio, map):  Gluten-free buckwheat crepes

Eggs. Milk. Buckwheat. In a mix of French and English, the man in the paper hat listed the ingredients in the thin brown batter that spread across his hissing griddle. My husband and I had found him inside a bright yellow lunch truck at the far end of Montreal's Atwater Market, where we'd come to eat after a long morning walk through the city on a vacation last summer.

Between marveling at the architecture, the public gardens and the region's industrial history, I lamented that so many of Montreal's French-inspired goodies were made with wheat flour and off limits to someone like me with a gluten intolerance.

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Living well without gluten

Concord Monitor Living - Wed, 07/04/2012 - 00:00

Welcome to Gluten-Free Living, a new monthly column focused on eating well without the gluten.

It's been about six years since I stopped eating gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, rye and some other grains. My dietary situation is far from unique.

For the estimated 2.1 million Americans living with Celiac Disease, gluten can cause serious, even life-threatening, gastrointestinal problems. Millions of other people have a less-serious, but still significant, form of gluten intolerance that causes skin rashes, headaches, joint pain and other symptoms.

Living gluten-free means reading labels, asking all sorts of questions at restaurants and rethinking the way food comes together to form a meal. For me, giving up gluten has been an excuse to experiment in the kitchen. The results haven't always been perfect, but I've learned some tricks along the way. I'll be sharing those lessons and some of my favorite recipes here.

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New 'Spider-Man' is sweet

Concord Monitor Living - Wed, 07/04/2012 - 00:00
Movie Review Comic book remake is a crowd pleaser

Maybe a Spider-Man reboot wasn't exactly screaming to be made, coming just a half-decade after Tobey Maguire ditched the bodysuit for good.

But The Amazing Spider-Man is a sweeter, quirkier spin than Sam Raimi's blockbuster action franchise trilogy. The dazzling newcomer swings decidedly on its own terms.

Director Marc Webb (was Spider-Man his destiny?) laces the skyscraper-scaling crime-busting with a fetching, awkward romanticism that made his (500) Days of Summer such a low- key charmer.

Not that Spider-Man skimps on battle time and CGI heroics (though the 3-D seems rote). And to cut to the chase: Andrew Garfield is terrific in the lead role as a younger, more self-effacing superhero than the Maguire version.

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