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.

In the Los Angeles Times, L'Epicerie Market gets 1 1/2 stars; Nancy Silverton gives a master class on making salads; and Bacardi and its prized yeast strain await a return to Cuba.

The New York Times considers the Moroccan cooking and new cookbooks of Mourad Lahlou and Paula Wolfert; a look at cheese aging and the importance of “affinage”; and Eric Asimov enjoys cabernet of a certain age.

Foraging for your dinner; and Top Chef winner Stephanie Izard writes from her new cookbook, at the Chicago Tribune.

At The Cleveland Plain Dealer, considering clam chowder; and how to prepare a successful clambake.

The Providence Journal looks at the art of crafting cocktails.

The joy of sardines; and a Chicago school worker admits to being a school cafeteria food blogger, at the Chicago Sun-Times.

The New England-based ice cream chain Friendly's declares bankruptsy, closing 63 restaurants, at the New York Daily News.

The holiday baking season stories begin, with thrifty recipes from new cookbooks, at The Modesto Bee.

The Boston Globe looks at how many farm stands have gone from small seasonal operations to year-round businesses.

Cooking with seasonal fall apples, at the Times-Picayune.

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