- As if there weren't enough types of food contamination to worry about, add spices to the list. The FDA is urging the spice industry to find better ways to reduce the risks.
- Slate tells us what whale meat tastes like. I had my own sample of Minke whale on a trip to Norway a few years ago.
- Frank Bruni shares his thoughts about restaurateur Donatella Arpaia's move into television. Bruni also had a story in last weekend's New York Times Magazine about Katie Lee Joel, former host of Top Chef and aspiring food celebrity.
- Hipsters using food stamps to support their foodie lifestyles — are they scamming the system or being resourceful?
Update: One of the people featured in Salon's article defends himself.