Unemployed restaurant critic: ‘I find neither shame nor deprivation in food stamps’

Seattle Times
Ed Murrieta had a $1,300 monthly expense account when he was Tacoma News Tribune restaurant critic from 2004 to 2008. “I still feel the occasional memory pang of expense-account indulgences gone by, but I don’t cry in my cabernet,” he writes. “By shopping wisely and scrimping compulsively, by cooking and savoring each meal as a blessing, I am sustained.”

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