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  • Title: Grocery: The Buying and Selling of Food in America
  • Author: Michael Ruhlman
  • ISBN: 9781419723865
  • Page: 351
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 coCookbook 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,
    Grocery The Buying and Selling of Food in America 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

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    1. 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 solid, but the grocery store is less of a focus of the book than a vehicle for Ruhlman to tackle his pet food issues.There is very little here, for example, on logistics Nothing about employee scheduling Noth [...]

    2. 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 writing this review started out her life living behind a Mom Pop grocery, fruit, necessity vital neighborhood store in Chicago It was on Wentworth Ave in the 50 s South It s still there but not a store you can [...]

    3. 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 exhaustive research on this transforming industry He gathers info from many sources by observing practices, interviewing a wide scope of people visionaries, owners, buyers, vendors, farmers, nutritionists, the list [...]

    4. 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, because he can t seem to keep himself off the page in places he doesn t need to be Here, finally, he s found a theme and style where his presence in the narrative makes sense and isn t a distraction I did find [...]

    5. 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 need be careful to get their nutrients BYE FELICIA The whole book shows how much of a wannabe Pollan or Nestle he is, and their books are a better read That aside, there s little talk about buying or selling gr [...]

    6. 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 us how, using literally the neighborhood grocery store, the one just down the block from his childhood home Ruhlman has a particular passion for food, one inherited from his father a man who genuinely looked forw [...]

    7. 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 for food, and his fascination with a grocery store chain that does things the way he would do them, his book weaves in and out of the Heinen s aisles and people who provide the produce and meats that enco [...]

    8. This is really a 2.5 star review Some chapters were OK but this was largely a self serving book The 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 we didn t live in a fancy part of the Cleveland suburbs, there was no Heinen s, which makes the point that this store serves a very upscale clientele As a result the book feels very incomplete in telling the stor [...]

    9. THE GOODThe 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 familiar or go by price because we don t want to deal with so many choices and scrutinize label claims or nutritional informationE BAD As much as I wanted to like this book, I just couldn t While some of the [...]

    10. 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 of an advertisement for Heinen s and a eulogy for his father The over the top physical descriptions of women and the instance of overt anti Native American racism were super, super distracting, too.

    11. 4 stars based on 3 stars for chapters that I skimmed and 5 for the ones that totally caught my interest.There were two elements that made me anxious to read this book one was that I m a huge fan of Ruhlman s food journalism SOUL OF A CHEF is at the top of my favorite food restaurant chef books , and the other is I love delving into the inner workings of industries, businesses, restaurants, retails stores heck, I d even read a book about auto dealerships or realtors if they outlined how everythin [...]

    12. This is much than a history of the grocery store it is also a behind the scenes look at how a modern grocery store is operated and managed, and the industry s continuous evolution.Through interviews with the owners of Heinens, a Midwestern grocery chain, we learn about the workings of different departments and even learn the real reason why the dairy and freezer cases are at the rear of the store I always thought it was to make me walk past the snack aisle There is an entire section on avoiding [...]

    13. 3.25This book was a love song by Ruhlman to his father, and that purpose, woven through this book, was touching and authentic Ruhlman contrasts eating and shopping habits during his childhood and patterns now, from the perspective of the accomplished chef he has become There was much interesting info in the book, but I felt a loss of focus in the last half, with many pages devoted to redevelopment of a historical building in Cleveland, a shopping trip with a fish monger, a wine and cheese car tr [...]

    14. This is exactly the kind of book I want to read I love food I love reading about food This book made such a pedestrian thing as a grocery store so fascinating and intricate This book includes a history of the grocery store in America, but it s really about the business of running a grocery store today, how food is sourced, stored, marketed, displayed, sold eaten This was really an ode to the grocery store, a celebration of what it does and can provide, and it gave me all sorts of information I n [...]

    15. I gave this terrific book 4 stars only because occasionally the author s writing is opaque and his sentence structure is sometimes convoluted as hell But he s an excellent researcher and he provides exhaustive information on the evolution of America s eating habits I didn t read this book because I m fascinated by grocery stores but rather because I read multiple reviews extolling its virtues and I was definitely rewarded Who knew grocery stores could be so fascinating One of the points he makes [...]

    16. First I start with the question do you enjoy nonfiction If so then keep going This is definitely a nonfiction book weaved with personal narrative and hands on research exploring by the author I really enjoyed his approach and the breadth of information he covered, yet sticking on point I learned really interesting things about the history trends within grocery stores, vendors suppliers, etc I feel motivated to support stores that are compatible to my consumer preferences, especially local smal [...]

    17. 3.5 starsAn interesting, well written, frequently very personal history of the grocery store in the US Ruhlman is a Mid westerner by birth and he focuses on grocery stores in that area Heinen s, especially , but I think his general experience applies across the all the states and, as a Californian of roughly the same age, I can vouch for the changes he s experienced as a grocery shopper in his lifetime applying to me as well From TV dinners and Tater Tots to tofu and turmeric drinks, the average [...]

    18. Grocery does a fair job of describing the ins and outs of the grocery business in the US, at least from the perspective of the small, regional supermarket chain It provides limited insight into the corner store, except as a historical notion, or into the operation of the national chains, which largely loom as soulless money machines that the plucky regionals stand in counterpoint against A significant part of the book is preaching on American eating habits, but covers little new ground, repeated [...]

    19. I saw the author promoting his book on one of the morning news shows and was energized by his passion for food and grocery stores It turns out this passion was nurtured by his dad who died in 2008 or so So it s a labor of love and another son reaching out to his father.Ruhlman is a Cleveland native and we learn all about grocery stores in the context of Cleveland s local grocer Heinen s These mid size grocers are the ones who drive innovation and change Big chains like Kroger respond slowly to [...]

    20. an excellent view of the history of the grocery industry, as well as a touching personal memoir of ruhlman s father and their relationship with food the author ties in elements of conservation, organic farming, and the nature of food to neighborhoods to create a book which is both fascinating and entertaining, but also ably demonstrative of the western world s emotional involvement with foode grocery industry as a whole is also explored, although very specifically tied to one particular chain, b [...]

    21. The book started out very informative, but at some point Ruhlman derailed from this thesis He went into a long winded rant about how we need to eat whole foods versus processed foods, and he didn t talk about grocery stores outside of his one favorite in his hometown, Heineman s I was hoping for something relatable something about grocery stores in general I m not sure how anything he discussed really translates nationwide specially to grocery stores on the West Coast since he focused only on [...]

    22. I just read a whole book about grocery stores On purpose For fun And it was fascinating You can pretty much trace the advancement of humans and technology through the evolution of the grocery store Cool shit.

    23. For a place I seem to spend a lot of time at, I never thought about the how the Grocery Store functioned as a business I was surprised to learn that their margin of profit is a low 1 1.5% It was interesting to note that stores have grown from just a hundred or so items to over 40,000 in most stores now.I would have liked to see a bit nuts and bolts regarding the grocery store business and its possible future with the advent of online shopping I have never shopped at a Heinen s grocery store so [...]

    24. If you view this as simply a story about grocery stores, it s mildly interesting However, as non fiction where hopefully you can learn something, it s unfortunately lacking There are many errors that I spotted the year Target was founded, for example and key facts were presented with little data to back them up why GMO crops are bad, for example.

    25. Grocery was the last book I read in 2017 and it was a formidable contender for top quartile of books that I read overall I m not sure what to do with the information I gleaned aside from try to make my trips to Whole Foods faintly diabolical Do you know why the salad bar has the glass covering It s a sneeze guard you clown My friends already hate to eat with me because I m one of those people who writes Yelp reviews But I myself don t like to eat with Yelpers because they write Yelp reviews So I [...]

    26. I love food writing and this did not disappoint an interesting look at how we buy our food and the the multi faceted influencers on our decisions and how they have changed over time I m looking at stores and food differently Plus I really wish we have Heinen grocery stores in SC now

    27. I love food I love grocery stores I love food shopping, preparing, and cooking And I love this book that is about all of these things.

    28. I would not have guessed that the best book of the year would be entitled Grocery, and that it is amazingly visionary , and by the end of the book you have a new respect for the word Grocery It is visionary, angry, excited for the potential of the future, and the end of the book made me burst into tears, much to my surprise Surprise This book is full of them It s the book that you will keep telling people they have to read it s that good.

    29. This book really hits home, because really.who doesn t love to eat This gives the ins and outs of a grocery store.Really, its not trying to throw things in your cart as you walk by.Everything just looks so good Informative and fun.I received this book from Netgalley and its publisher for free, but it had no bearing on the rating I gave it.

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