What's the country reading today food-wise? Here's a roundup of some of the food-related stories from other newspapers, many of which print their food sections mid-week. And remember, even if you don't actually buy papers these days (or not; this paper is free), it's where most of your content comes from. Surf away. Just remember that spilling your macchiato over your keyboard is a lot more expensive than spilling it across newsprint.
From the Los Angeles Times: under new chef Daniel Mattern, Ammo gets 3 stars; David Karp considers the boysenberry; and a review of Mofongos Comida Caribena.
Chicago Tribune looks at Argentine-style grilling; a story about the joys of polenta.
At The New York Times, Mark Bittman considers the DIY hamburger; and baking soft pretzels the old-fashioned way.
A 71 year-old culinary school graduate takes the professional stoves; Top Chef stars teach via the new online Top Chef University, at the Denver Post.
From the New York Daily News, Rikers Island inmates hold a cooking competition; a woman lapses into a coma after eating too much bok choy.
A recipe for microwave pralines; despite the Gulf Coast state of emergency, the Plaquemines Parish Seafood Festival is set to go for the holiday weekend, at the Times-Picayune.
At The Boston Globe, a story on Portland, Oregon's Burgerville, 39 fast food restaurants within a 180-mile radius of the city.
A Cleveland bistro in vintage 50s dining cars, at The Cleveland Plain Dealer.
From The Washington Post: a consideration of the vanilla bean, by Andreas Viestad; and a how-to guide for freezing your dinner.