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 on Wednesday. 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.

At The Los Angeles Times, S. Irene Virbila gives Fabio Viviani's Firenze Osteria no stars at all; and the joys of Christmas turducken.

The New York Times has Eric Asimov on dessert wines, and an exploration of layer cakes in Alabama.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer on Yuletide feasting, Elizabethan style; and gifts for beer lovers.

At the Dallas Morning News, 6 recipes for candy bark; and a Central Texas barbecue road trip.

Heirloom butter cookies, and inexpensive warehouse dinner parties at the Boston Globe.

The Baltimore Sun writes about nostalgic toys with food themes (i.e. an Easy Bake Oven); and how to host a children's cookie decorating party.

The rising demand for cheap bubbly, via the AP at the Sioux City Journal.

Baking cookies with kids and a consideration of fruit cake, from The Sacramento Bee.

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