Tag Archives: food and drink

The Secret Life of Groceries

The Secret Life of Groceries: The Dark Miracle of the American Supermarket © 2020 Benjamin Lorr336 pages The Secret Life of Groceries opens at a fish counter and invites the reader to consider how much labor, creativity, money, pain, and … Continue reading

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For all the Tea in China

For all the Tea in China: How England Stole the World’s Favorite Drink and Made History© 2010 Sarah Rose272 pages A love of tea is one of the great English stereotypes, at least in the United States, so I thought … Continue reading

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Whole Earth Disicpline

Whole Earth Disicpline: An Ecopragmatist Approach © 2010 Stewart Brand344 pages Sustainability is context, not a gadget or a single technology. From Stewart Brand, a lifelong environmentalist and creator-editor of the Whole Earth Catalog, comes this fascinating argument that the … Continue reading

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The Best Cook in the World

The Best Cook in the World: Tales from my Momma’s Table © 2018 Rick Bragg 512 pages “Good stuff always has a story,” she said.  One of my New Years resolutions is to cook more, and that has unexpectedly introduced … Continue reading

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Year of No Sugar

Year of No Sugar pub. 2014 Eve O. Schaub 320 pages Eva Schaub’s life was changed at a birthday party for children, when a conversation with a fellow mom  made her aware of something called “corn syrup”,  Being the curious … Continue reading

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Grocery: The Buying and Selling of Food in America© 2017 Michel Ruhlman324 pages 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 — … Continue reading

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Killer Blondes and Killer Wheat

A few weeks ago I read Dashiell Hammett’s The Thin Man, a murder-mystery from the same Pinkerton agent turned author who produced The Maltese Falcon.   I was sold by the opening line: I was leaning against the bar in a … Continue reading

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Driving with the Devil

Driving with the Devil:  Southern Moonshine, Detroit Wheels, and the Birth of NASCAR© 2006 Neil Thompson411 pages Oh Rapid Roy that stock car boy He’s the best driver in the lan’ He say that he learned to race a stock … Continue reading

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An Economist Gets Lunch

An Economist Gets Lunch: New Rules for Everyday Foodies© 2012 Tyler Cowen293 pages Imagine going out to eat with someone who really likes to talk about food, and imagine that this person is also an economist. That’s An Economist Gets Lunch, … Continue reading

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