Grocery: The Buying and Selling of Food in America by Michael Ruhlman

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Grocery: The Buying and Selling of Food in America Read Online Free - Cookbook author and food writer Ruhlman explores the evolution of the American grocery store and how it has affected what we eat. The author uses two of his Midwestern hometown grocery chains, Heinen's and Fazio's, and his memories of his father's love of food and grocery shopping as the foundation for this engaging narrative. While he notes that many other writers have covered the history of the grocery store, the broken industrial food production system, and the nutritional benefits of various foods, Ruhlman delivers -a reported reflection on the grocery store in America,

Title : Grocery: The Buying and Selling of Food in America
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ISBN : 1419723863
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 307 pages


Michael rated it ★★☆☆☆

June 04, 2017

A book that should've gotten five stars. I *love* grocery stores. I hoped that this book would give me all the inside scoop, like an expanded New Yorker article. Most of the book, however, is Ruhlman talking about the kinds of food we should be eating. He's a good writer, and his advice is pretty...

Jeanette rated it ★★★☆☆

September 17, 2017

It's interesting and I'm glad I read it. But the title is not accurate, IMHO. He uses his own favorite grocery store and the small chain it represents as the pivot of good example. It's also a nice to read tribute to his father who loved to shop there. And why. But this particular woman who is wri...

Karen rated it ★★★★★

May 21, 2017

Michael Ruhlman has written numerous cookbooks in conjunction with chefs and other non-fiction books related to cooking. Here, he gets into the nitty gritty of the grocery business. Who would have thought this topic could be so fascinating. It was! And eye-opening as well. Ruhlman has done exhaust...

Robyn rated it ★★★★☆

April 16, 2017

Quite enjoyable, interesting, with a balanced tone but a tendency toward repetition and confused structure. | It's not easy to write with a conversational feel in a factual book with source citations, but this manages it. I have at times in the past been harsh in my reviews of Ruhlman's books, be...

Lindsay rated it ★★☆☆☆

October 17, 2017

The title is grossly inaccurate. This book is mostly the author petaling or defending his food choices. Most of which have zero scientific backing... and the comments on vegans are embarrassing (for him). After spewing about how most Americans eat processed food devoid of nutrients he says vegans...

Stephen rated it ★★★☆☆

February 03, 2018

Let's go shopping! There's a few errands to take care of first -- an homage to dad, a quick review of the history of grocery stores -- but then, straight to business. Aisle by aisle, from dried pasta to fresh fish, the way Americans approach food is changing, and Michael Ruhlman's Grocery shows u...

Tom rated it ★★★★☆

January 11, 2017

Ruhlman's Grocery: The Buying and Selling of Food in America is part love poem to the Cleveland area-based Heinen's grocery store chain and part memorial to his recently deceased father. Set amongst the characters of the Heinen's chain, Ruhlman's father's death, his own imminent divorce, his love...

Rachel rated it ★★☆☆☆

July 08, 2017

This is really a 2.5 star review. Some chapters were OK but this was largely a self-serving book. The more accurate title would have been "Grocery: The Buying and Selling of Food at Heinen's." I grew up on the west side of the Cleveland media market so I remember Heinen's ads as a child but since...

Jena rated it ★★★☆☆

March 09, 2018

This started out strong and had chapters that were really interesting, but it seemed like the author lost steam about halfway through. Then, it became less of what made grocery into what it is and more of an advertisement for Heinen's and a eulogy for his father. The over the top physical descrip...

Riley rated it ★★☆☆☆

June 22, 2017

THE GOOD The book has some good general history and observations like: Grocery shopping can be nostalgic. Remember the times shopping with your family. Consumers tend to throw reason out the window and pick product based on what the easiest to evaluate, not what's most important. We stick to the fam...

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