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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.
©2017 Michael Ruhlman (P)2017 Random House Audio
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5 out of 5 stars
By Charles L.Graves on 11-19-17

Surprisingly Gripping

Who knew a story about grocery stores could so captivate. Days later I can't stop thinking about it.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Andy on 09-08-17

a close look with the arc of history

Interesting coverage of an Ohio based, family run chain of supermarkets. The book does a nice job identifying how the family run chains (which are billion dollar companies) operate and compete against the giants of the industry.

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