We've neglected our weekly roundups of good eating and cooking from newspapers from across the country, but we're back! Here are some choice bits from across the USA. First up: in Los Angeles they're encouraging us to try shiso, a slightly spicy, citrusy herb. They also already have gorgeous pastel vegetables at the farmers markets, and they're flirting with spring soups.
More nationwide food coverage below, ranging from Atlanta to Chicago.• In Chicago an Evanston activist invents meals that use pantry staples to help shut-ins and others cook without going out for groceries. Also, a couple gives up lattes in exchange for an IKEA gadget, and we like this recipe for Catalan-style spaghetti.
(Top images: Glenn Koenig for the LA Times.)