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, 2 1/2 stars for Pizzeria Mozza Newport Beach; cooking Christmas dinner with a Chinese grandmother's recipes; and novelist Janet Fitch remembers her mother's kitchen.

At The New York Times, the joys of roasting a whole beef tenderloin; David Tanis considers fishmongers' stew; and Eric Asimov and company taste test 20 bottles of blanc de blancs Champagne (pity the newspaperman).

Making a yule log; and Christmas cocktails for a holiday brunch, at the Chicago Sun-Times.

A consideration of gingerbread, a dessert located in Colonial times and history, at The Boston Globe.

Chicago Tribune looks at Christmas food traditions from around the world.

Tips for cookie success; and more restaurants open for the holidays if you're hungry (and in northeastern Ohio), at The Cleveland Plain Dealer.

The Baltimore Sun checks in on local chocolatiers.

At the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, a chef makes 4,000 sufganiot for the holidays; and appetizers as the way to go on Christmas Eve.

How to roast chestnuts on a Weber grill, at The Washington Post.

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