The LA Times is bringing back its standalone print section dedicated to food, dining and cooking, the paper has announced.

The section will come back to life on Thursdays in April, headed by Food Editor Peter Meehan and Deputy Food Editor Andrea Chang.

“We view Los Angeles as the nation’s food capital, and the print section, which will serve as a weekly digest of our daily coverage, is an expression of our determination to provide the world’s best, most authoritative and comprehensive coverage of it,” Executive Editor Norman Pearlstine said.

The Times has brought on Ben Mims as cooking columnist and Genevieve Ko as cooking editor.Rachel Schnalzer is on board as audience engagement editor, to steer the section’s social media. She comes to The Times from BuzzFeed.

The return of the standalone Food section is part of the paper’s drive to boost its food coverage across multiple platforms and to areas beyond Los Angeles, the paper said. The Saturday features section will grow in April as well, with more on the region’s indoor-outdoor lifestyle, entertaining, design and decor trends, shopping, D.I.Y. projects, gardening, and health and fitness, the paper says.

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