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Passover Food Done Right

Here I share my favorites from best-selling author Tina Wasserman’s latest book, “Entrée to Judaism: A Culinary Exploration of the Jewish Diaspora,” and the newly released “Entrée to Judaism for Families: Cooking and Kitchen Conversations with Children.” Wasserman hosts www.cookingandmore.com…

Mike at the Movies

The Grand Budapest Hotel (R) **** This is one weird, funny, audacious and wonderful piece of filmmaking. It is not to be watched while fatigued or in an inattentive manner: You’ll lose track. Briefly, the story is the history of…

Comfort Foods for March

March means the beginning of spring in some parts of the world, but it is still winter in other areas. While the March winds are still blowing, enjoy these comfort foods. Then, as spring begins, enjoy the refreshing flavor of…

“Life After Life” Written by Kate Atkinson

When you pick up British writer Kate Atkinson’s popular 2013 novel “Life After Life,” you have to be willing to enter a new world of storytelling. As Atkinson casually says in interviews, it has a “high-concept” structure. One look at…

Mike at the Movies

Pompeii (PG-13) ** This is a movie, not a documentary. It is a movie we’ve all seen before. It involves a slave who is a gladiator, small but effective, a black slave who is the noblest character in the cast,…

Mike at the Movies

The Monuments Men (PG-13) **** George Clooney gambled on his audience and their patience in this odd war film. Many critics find it too episodic and slight for true praise, and episodic it is. Perhaps Clooney, who wrote and directed…

Flying Kangaroos and Penguins

After a three-hour delay at BWI Airport and a six-hour flight across the continental USA, our plane finally touched down in Los Angeles. We were tired and eager to deplane. But the pilot announced over the intercom that air traffic…

“The Goldfinch” Written by Donna Tartt

Mississippi-born writer Donna Tartt told an interviewer that she writes to create a work like the ones she loved as a child—“galloping, gleeful, you-don’t-know-what’s-going-to-happen-next.” Her stunning, almost 800-page novel “The Goldfinch” is overflowing with that spirit. With her elaborately constructed…