ALL I REALLY NEED TO KNOW I LEARNED FROM JANE AUSTIN
By Sunday Taylor, November 18th, 2010
I have always loved the novels of Jane Austen. My favorites are “Emma,” “Pride and Prejudice,” and “Sense and Sensibility.” I have often been amazed that a woman who rarely ventured beyond her small village in England could write about important issues filtered through the microcosm of her small, circumscribed world. She wrote with humor, irony, and sharp insights into human nature and filled her novels with unforgettable characters.
When I heard that UCLA professor Charles Linwood Batten was giving a talk on … Read More
FALL ENTERTAINING AND OEUFS A LA NEIGE
By Sunday Taylor, October 15, 2010
I cannot resist a cooking class called “Fall Entertaining.” And so yesterday I found myself at the beautiful Virginia Robinson Gardens in Beverly Hills. The wonderful Peggy Dark of The Kitchen for Exploring Foods in Pasadena was teaching the class. For those of us in Los Angeles and Pasadena, she is our very own Barefoot Contessa. Warm and engaging, she cooks delicious, unfussy, comfort food and is one of the most popular and successful caterers in Southern California. During the class I felt as if I was … Read More
AN ALMOST-SECRET GARDEN IN LA
By Caroline Seebohm, March 28, 1993
WITHIN a stone’s throw of Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood is one of the most attractive and least known private gardens in the United States, a stylish mixture of Italianate architecture and formal landscape design, with a jungle of rare tropical and subtropical plants and trees.
Designed around a Mediterranean-style palazzo that rises above a steep terraced hillside, the 6.2-acre garden is a testament to the taste and fine esthetic judgment of Virginia Dryden Robinson, a native of St. Louis who moved to Beverly Hills in 1903, bringing … Read More