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Food

Celeb Chefs Coming to Culinary Stage at the LA Times Festival of Books

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This coming weekend, award-winning authors from around the globe will meet at USC for the LA Times Festival of Books. There will be music and comedy and all sorts of panels, as well as a special stage dedicated to the culinary arts.

Homegrown talent like Susan Feniger and Aida Mollenkamp will be in attendance, as well as the Food Network's Alex Guarnaschelli and former "Top Chef" contestant and chef at Black Market Liquor Bar, Antonia Lofaso.

Celeb chef Ludo Lefebvre will also be doing a culinary demo on Sunday, perhaps showing off some of the tricks for his soon-to-open Trois Mec restaurant, which he is collaborating on with Animal/Son of a Gun chefs Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo. (The 26-seat restaurant will use a ticketing system similar to that of Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas' at Next and Alinea instead of reservations.)

Here's the full schedule for the food-focused stage.

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Saturday

11:00 a.m. Melissa d'Arabian, Author of “Ten Dollar Dinners”
Cooking Demonstration
12:30 p.m. Susan Feniger, Author of “Susan Feniger's Street Food”
Cooking Demonstration
2:00 p.m. Alex Guarnaschelli, Author of “Old-School Comfort Food”
Cooking Demonstration
3:30 p.m. Brian Boitano, Author of “What Would Brian Boitano Make?” Cooking Demonstration

Sunday

11:00 a.m.Antonia Lofaso, Author of “The Busy Mom's Cookbook”
Cooking Demonstration
12:30 p.m.Valerie Bertinelli, Author of “One Dish at a Time” Interviewed by Russ Parsons
2:00 p.m. Ludo Lefebvre, Author of “LudoBites” Cooking Demonstration
3:30 p.m. Aida Mollenkamp, Author of “Aida Mollenkamp's Keys to the Kitchen” Cooking Demonstration

For more info on the other stages and goings on, check out the LAT's Festival site here.