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(article, Culinate staff)
From the Seattle Times Sunday magazine comes a poignant personal take on life during hard times. The author? A former restaurant critic who's currently unemployed and living solely on food stamps. In his confessional piece, Ed Murrieta shares tips on how a single middle-aged guy can live on $200 a month, getting creative with canned food. "Though it's not without its labors and worries, life on the food lines tastes pretty good, from where I sit," he concludes. "But I know that feeding myself with my own money would taste a whole lot better."