Arizona's loose gun laws let restaurant owners decide they'll allow guns - registered and legal, of course - in their establishments. The Arizona Daily Star reports on the growing divide between gun advocates and those who'd rather not dine with a posse in the same dining room.
What happens to an unemployed restaurant critic? In the case of Ed Murietta, former food critic for the Tacoma News Tribune, it means going on food stamps and trying to eat well on the meager allotment. In a piece for the Seattle Times, Murietta describes his life now, and how he manages to eat on $200 a month.
New Orleans James Beard award-winner John Besh has penned an editorial for The Atlantic, chronicling how the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster has endangered the food traditions of Louisiana. He also touches on the connection between cooking with propane, the oil industry, and how he's benefited from both.