Arch West, who invented Doritos more than 45 years ago, died last week in Dallas at age 97. He was a Frito-Lay marketing vice president when he developed the chip, inspired by a bag of toasted tortillas he bought on a family vacation in Southern California. Despite some resistance from the company, he ushered in a whole new era of junk food.
Dan Brown, author of the blockbuster The Da Vinci Code, is back with his first novel in four years. Inferno follows academic hero Robert Langdon on a chase through Italy as he attempts to avert a biological catastrophe.
Designer Katie Shelly's upcoming cookbook offers 50 illustrated recipe "blueprints" for basic meals — from simple snacks to more hefty dishes like eggplant Parmesan. She hopes they'll inspire any level of cook to improvise in the kitchen.
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