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Almost a half-century of Food -- almost

March 1, 2012 |  3:17 pm

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When a reader commenting on the closure of The Times' stand-alone Food section asked when the section had first appeared, I went to our historical database. And there I found the answer -- the Food for the Family section (as it was then called) was born April 5, 1962, just one month shy of 50 years ago.

This new focus on food in The Times will mean wider coverage and more special features by food editor Marian Manners and her staff, including assistant editor Anita Bennett and Lorraine Shapiro, assistant to the editor.

There'll be greater emphasis on nutrition, meal planning and preparation, as well as more recipes for special occasions, "food for fun" and dishes with an international flavor. The expansion also will result in an increase in shopping news and information on new products -- all in one separate food section.

Of course, The Times had serious coverage of food before that, and it will continue to do so. Our coverage of food and cooking dates back to the turn of the 20th century. Before the advent of the stand-alone Food section, that coverage was part of a larger lifestyle section, much as it will be in the future, when it will be in the new Saturday section, beginning March 10.

-- Russ Parsons

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Photo: Russ Parsons / Los Angeles Times

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