What's the country reading today, foodwise? Here's a roundup of some of the food-related stories from other newspapers, many of which print their food sections midweek. 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 Josef Centeno's Bäco Mercat; Sang Young gives a master class on braising; and where to go for dumplings in L.A.

At The New York Times, Eric Asimov considers Côte-Rôtie; the advantages of eating mindfully, as Buddhists do; and checking out single-serve coffee brewers.

The considerable joys of black rice; and using shortcuts when making chocolates by hand, at Chicago Sun-Times.

Taste-testing Valentine's Day chocolates (being a food writer can truly suck sometimes, can't it); and favorite mac-and-cheese recipes, at The Boston Globe.

Love in the kitchen (this is a story about Valentine's Day recipes, sorry), at Chicago Tribune.

The Dallas Morning News looks at the lighter side of Southern cooking (yes, there is one).

The psychology of cupcakes (awesome), at The Washington Post.

At The Denver Post, chocolate recipes for Valentine's Day; and (via the AP) more fun — and recipes — with chipotles in adobo.

Concerning meatballs, at The Modesto Bee (via Chicago Tribune).

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