Grocery

  • by Michael Ruhlman
  • Narrated by Jonathan Todd Ross
  • 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In Grocery, best-selling 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-20th 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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A very nice listen and I feel a must for anyone who loves food

Grocery was an excellent listen to and I work in the grocery industry so perhaps I might be a bit biased but I feel that it taught me a great deal more about what I deal with seemingly everyday and what I don't deal with behind the scenes to give me a greater respect for what mine and other companies deal with.

The ending as well touched me deeply and made me smile a little thinking about my own past shopping at the store I now work at and is letting me look at it with new eyes as not just a job but in a way a part of who I was and am now for the better.
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- Mike Henderson

Excellent writing as usual...

I was hoping for a deeper focus on non-independent groceries... solving those tasks where money is a huge factor in having enough to survive isn't mentioned ... neither is the fact that small groceries are too expensive for anyone on assistance.
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- Thadd Larue

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-16-2017
  • Publisher: Random House Audio