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, demystifying pressure cookers; and testing lots of them in the process; 2 1/2 stars for Michael Voltaggio's Ink; and what cookbooks to put on your 2011 wish list.

At The New York Times, experimenting with Linzer cookies; making craft cocktails at home; and Eric Asimov on the whiskies of Islay.

A list of great cookbooks from 2011 for (maybe) some gift-giving; plus the 12 drinks of Christmas, at Chicago Tribune.

Making homemade fruit syrups (more gifting ideas); and at the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

The Modesto Bee looks at how bargain cuts of beef can make great meals; and more cookbooks!

Results from this year's holiday cookie contest, at The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Two bloggers get into the baking pop-up business; and food gifts under $25, from The Washington Post.

At The Baltimore Sun, considering the question of lump crab meat.

Around the world in cookies; and why cold butter makes better cookies, at the Chicago Sun-Times.

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