Grocery: The Buying and Selling of Food in America

By Michael Ruhlman
Read by Jonathan Todd Ross

11.06 Hours 05/16/2017 unabridged
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In Grocery, bestselling author Michael Ruhlman offers incisive commentary on America’s relationship with its food and investigates the overlooked source of so much of it—the grocery store.   In a culture obsessed with food—how it looks, what it tastes like, where it comes from, what is good for us—there are often more questions than answers. Ruhlman proposes that the best practices for consuming wisely could be hiding in plain sight—in the aisles of your local supermarket. Using the human story of the family-run Midwestern chain Heinen’s as an anchor to this journalistic narrative, he dives into the mysterious world of supermarkets and the ways in which we produce, consume, and distribute food. Grocery examines how rapidly supermarkets—and our food and culture—have changed since the days of your friendly neighborhood grocer. But rather than waxing nostalgic for the age of mom-and-pop shops, Ruhlman seeks to understand how our food needs have shifted since the mid-twentieth century, and how these needs mirror our cultural ones.   A mix of reportage and rant, personal history and social commentary, Grocery is a landmark book from one of our most insightful food writers.

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Summary

Summary

In Grocery, bestselling author Michael Ruhlman offers incisive commentary on America’s relationship with its food and investigates the overlooked source of so much of it—the grocery store.
 
In a culture obsessed with food—how it looks, what it tastes like, where it comes from, what is good for us—there are often more questions than answers. Ruhlman proposes that the best practices for consuming wisely could be hiding in plain sight—in the aisles of your local supermarket. Using the human story of the family-run Midwestern chain Heinen’s as an anchor to this journalistic narrative, he dives into the mysterious world of supermarkets and the ways in which we produce, consume, and distribute food. Grocery examines how rapidly supermarkets—and our food and culture—have changed since the days of your friendly neighborhood grocer. But rather than waxing nostalgic for the age of mom-and-pop shops, Ruhlman seeks to understand how our food needs have shifted since the mid-twentieth century, and how these needs mirror our cultural ones.
 
A mix of reportage and rant, personal history and social commentary, Grocery is a landmark book from one of our most insightful food writers.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“In Jonathan Todd Ross’s genial tone, this audiobook acts as the ultimate tour guide of produce, layout schemes, chain growth (and collapse), dietary shifts, and many other features that impact grocery stores. Ross manages the book effectively, always adjusting his pace and tone to inject energy into Ruhlman’s emphatic thoughts or speed along in sections that are useful but can seem like an inundation of facts.” AudioFile
“[An] engaging exploration of the ways American eating habits have changed over the past half century. Grade: A.” Entertainment Weekly
Grocery might just change the way you walk through the supermarket aisles.” Bon Appétit magazine
“An illuminating journey.” Kirkus Reviews
“Informative and inspiring.” Booklist

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Author

Author Bio: Michael Ruhlman

Michael Ruhlman has collaborated on several bestselling cookbooks, including The French Laundry Cookbook, Bouchon, and Alinea. He is the author of critically acclaimed books including The Soul of a Chef, The Elements of Cooking, Ratio, and Ruhlman’s Twenty. He has written about food and cooking for the New York Times, Gourmet, Food Arts, and other publications.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Social Science
Runtime: 11.06
Audience: Adult
Language: English