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Part of the Solution to the Omnivore's Dilemma
on October 24, 2011
This book is packed with beautiful photos and terrific recipes, but its real selling point is the advice it gives about how to be a savvy shopper. If you're like me, you're concerned about the impact your food - the way it is raised, processed, and transported - has on your health and the environment, but you don't always know how to turn that concern into action when it comes time to visit the grocery store. The few labels available to guide us, like "organic", can be misleading or confusing, and can mean vastly different things when applied to different kinds of foods.
The authors of the Bi-Rite Cookbook give the reader a vocabulary and a map for understanding the maze of the modern grocery. Even better, they demonstrate that a great grocer is more than just a purveyor of the best foods available; she is also a key source of information and your primary connection to the broader food community.
It's a fine thing to say that we all share the responsibility for knowing where our food comes from and how it's made, but the Bi-Rite Cookbook shows that when grocers, farmers, and shoppers bear that burden together, it becomes much more manageable.