Mario Batali says "I'm (expletive deleted) starving" -- he's on day four of a food-stamp budget ($31 for the week; about $1.48 per meal) in protest of potential program cuts, according to the Associated Press via the News Tribune.
From The Wall Street Journal, men are replacing women in the home kitchen; an interview with critic Alan Richman; and Burger King Hong Kong launches a black truffle burger for "a taste of royal delicacy." Maybe a good alternative for singles who don't cook -- a new study says 95% of respondents in China see culinary skills as an attractive attribute in a partner.
Just in time for Memorial Day weekend, "Barbecue 101" from the San Jose Mercury News.
In the Boston Globe, barbecue tips and secrets from the winners of "30 Kansas City Barbecue Society championships, hundreds of barbecue ribbons and the biggest prize of them all, the Jack Daniel's World Championship Invitational Barbecue." Because you needed more advice.
How to use wraps and packages on the grill, from The Chicago Tribune.
Need grilled burger ideas? Ten recipes from readers of the Las Vegas Review Journal.
The Sacramento Bee on growing, finding and cooking artichokes -- now in season.
An appreciation for Pakistani food, with a recipe for Mulligatawny soup, in the Sioux City Journal.
The Star Tribune on making puff pastry.
The San Francisco Chronicle's critic reveals "top five restaurant peeves."