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 Ray's and Starks Bar; breaking the vegetable rut with 2 new cookbooks; and checking out the new Coffee Tomo.

At The New York Times, Harold McGee discusses thawing meats in hot water; Capitol Hill lawmakers play with their food from home; and the big business of little espresso bars.

At Chicago Tribune, a consideration of chick peas; and making the best out of leftovers.

Stuffing hamburgers, and using sweet tea in cooking, at the Denver Post.

10 tips to make the most of summer produce, from The Dallas Morning News.

At the Boston Globe, a guide to Boston's best food trucks; and a cookbook gives advice on CSA food.

How to make your own condiments, from the Charlotte Observer.

Need help navigating the grocery aisles? Try a supermarket coach, from The Washington Post.

An ode to the Mangalitsa pig; and a consideration of cake pops (via the Kansas City Star) at The Sacramento Bee.

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