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Cooking by the books

Pamela Salzman has turned her passion for food, nutrition and a healthy lifestyle into a business. Her popular, in-home cooking classes fill up as soon as the email goes out.

 Kevin Cody

Sweetness and Blood: How surfing spread from Hawaii and California to the rest of the world, with some unexpected results

Mira Costa grad Michael Scott Moore (class of ’87) has written the book every writer who surfs wishes he had written, and every surfer who writes wishes he could have written.

 Robb Fulcher

Princess author balances the scales

Chris Patton of Manhattan Beach, a physician by day and a children’s author by night and on weekends, drew on his daughters for the inspiration for his first book, the girl-centric A Totally True Princess Story. Now, with Danny Fanny Saves Christmas, Patton evens the score.

 Kevin Cody

More than a sport: The History of Surfing by Matt Warshaw.

Now, with the near simultaneous publication with Scott’s book of The History of Surfing by fellow Mira Costa alumnus Matt Warshaw (class of ‘78), the beach cities can add to their Surf City claim that they are the birthplace of two of surfing’s most critically acclaimed writers.

 Special Contributor

Three moms open independent Manhattan Beach book shop

Once upon a time, in a land of corporate chain bookstores, three moms decided to open a small, independent book shop in the heart of Manhattan Beach.

They set out to cut through the two-story, espresso-vending, discount-driven nature of the “Big Box” stores, and return to a way of book selling that they believed had gotten lost.[Read More]