The coronavirus has shut down L.A. restaurants. What is a restaurant critic to do?

Dining critic Patricia Escárcega ponders life without restaurants.
Patricia Escárcega • Los Angeles Times • March 20, 2020
I cooked dinner at home last night for the first time in months. It’s not that I don’t enjoy cooking — I’m a competent if unimaginative cook, with more cookbooks than time to use them all. I stopped cooking regularly five years ago when I came on...
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