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Critics on Food Stamps

Fluke, stunt, or a grim harbinger of things to come? Ed Murrieta, a former food critic, hits hard times and finds himself on food stamps: "When I was the restaurant critic at the Tacoma News Tribune, from 2004 to 2008, I enjoyed a $1,300 monthly expense account, on top of the middle-class salary that financed a house overlooking Puget Sound. I gave that up to start my own business, and when my entrepreneurial dream fizzled along with the economy, my food budget — my total income — plunged to $200 a month." Write what you know! [Seattle Times]