The Buying and Selling of Food in AmericaDownloadable Audiobook - 2017
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.
From Library Staff
ArapahoeAnna May 16, 2018
Interesting microhistory of grocery stores with lots of little insights and stories. One thing I didn't like was Ruhlman's writing switching back and forth between facts and opinions and deliberately blurring the lines. He needs a fact checker for details and disclaimers for pontifications or jus... Read More »