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Bi-Rite Market's Eat Good Food: A Grocer's Guide to Shopping, Cooking & Creating Community Through Food
A cookbook and market guide from the nation’s premier neighborhood grocery store, featuring expert advice on how to identify the top ingredients in any supermarket and 90 vibrant recipes that make optimal use of the goods.
San Francisco’s Bi-Rite Market has a following akin to a hot restaurant—its grocery goods and prepared foods have made it a destination for lovers of great food. In Eat Good Food, former chef turned market owner Sam Mogannam explains how to source and use the finest farm-fresh ingredients and artisanal food products, decipher labels and terms, and build a great pantry. More engaging than a field guide and more informative than a standard cookbook, and with primers on cooking techniques and anecdotes that will entertain, enlighten, and inspire, Eat Good Food will revolutionize the way home cooks shop and eat.read more
Not bad, mostly focused on ingredients. It's not as through as a food guide, but it's not meant to be. Didn't get a chance to try too many recipes, but there were some good sounding ones. Not all hit the mark.It did get a little preachy and repetitive. It felt like it was constantly saying "this is on of the most heavily sprayed crops"... I'd rather had seen that in a chart in the beginning and the assumption to buy organic and then notes for categories where for some reason organic wasn't the best or government standards were lacking for that crop.Other than that pretty good. Nice writing style and obvious the author loves food.read more
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Mogannam, the owner of Bi-Rite Market in San Francisco's Mission District, and food writer Gough capture the spirit of the unique neighborhood market with 90 recipes, profiles of local purveyors, and buying, storing, and using instructions for ingredients, organized by market department-readers can browse the "aisles" of the title, including "The Deli" "The Produce Department," "The Butcher Counter," and "The Dairy Case." A focus on community and emphasis on supporting local, organic, and sustainable products (Bi-Rite brings things as close to home as possible, producing honey on the shop's roof and running a small farm in Sonoma) permeates the title with extensive, but never preachy, information on how to shop and use ingredients. Easy-to-follow and diverse recipes include family recipes, like Mom's pear skillet cake, and mujadara, a Middle Eastern lentil and rice dish; Delfina's spaghetti, shared by the city's famed Italian restaurant, Delfina; Bi-Rite deli-counter favorites such as the roasted beet salad with pickled onions, and butternut squash latkes; and desserts, such as the chocolate sour cream bundt cake with chocolate glaze. A beloved West Coast institution is celebrated between the covers of this inspiring cookbook. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.