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"Like a trip to Bi-Rite Market, this book is super helpful, incredibly informative, fun, and full of great ways to use all the food that's in it. Spend twenty minutes shopping at Bi-Rite Market and you're pretty much guaranteed to leave with a basketful of well-made, great tasting, sustainably produced food, a lot of informative insights about what you bought, recipe ideas for how to serve it, and a big smile. With this book, you'll experience all of that--aside from the actual food--and will likely want to start putting what you've learned about smart, sustainable shopping to work right away at your local market and then later in your kitchen. If you live in the Mission, you probably already shop at Bi-Rite. If you live further afield, buy the book and visit the shop (as I do) every time you're in town."
--Ari Weinzweig, co-founder of Zingerman's Community of Businesses and author of "Zingerman's Guide to Good Eating"
""Eat Good Food" is a lot more useful than your typica

"A beloved West Coast institution is celebrated between the covers of this inspiring cookbook."
--Publishers Weekly, 7/11/11
"Like a trip to Bi-Rite Market, this book is super helpful, incredibly informative, fun, and full of great ways to use all the food that's in it. Spend twenty minutes shopping at Bi-Rite Market and you're pretty much guaranteed to leave with a basketful of well-made, great tasting, sustainably produced food, a lot of informative insights about what you bought, recipe ideas for how to serve it, and a big smile. With this book, you'll experience all of that--aside from the actual food--and will likely want to start putting what you've learned about smart, sustainable shopping to work right away at your local market and then later in your kitchen. If you live in the Mission, you probably already shop at Bi-Rite. If you live further afield, buy the book and visit the shop (as I do) every time you're in town."
--Ari Weinzweig, co-founder of Zingerman's C

"What makes the book particularly valuable is its comprehensive guide to ingredients found in the aisles of Bi-Rite - and in other stores like it - that helps readers become better-informed shoppers. The approach is a natural extension of a store that has built a business, and a community, around doing the same thing."
--San Francisco Chronicle, 8/16/11
"A beloved West Coast institution is celebrated between the covers of this inspiring cookbook."
--Publishers Weekly, 7/11/11
"Like a trip to Bi-Rite Market, this book is super helpful, incredibly informative, fun, and full of great ways to use all the food that's in it. Spend twenty minutes shopping at Bi-Rite Market and you're pretty much guaranteed to leave with a basketful of well-made, great tasting, sustainably produced food, a lot of informative insights about what you bought, recipe ideas for how to serve it, and a big smile. With this book, you'll experience all of that--aside from the actual food--and will l

"I am of the mind that the process of learning how to cook should always begin with learning how to shop."
--Chocolate & Zucchini, 10/25/11
"If it came from Bi-Rite, it was going to be good. This book captures that spirit and takes it out into the larger world and, hopefully, it will find its way into your kitchen where it will inform, encourage and inspire you to Eat Good Food."
--TheKitchn.com, 10/21/11
"A yummy, practical book that invites readers to dig in."
--San Jose Mercury News, 10/19/11
"What makes the book particularly valuable is its comprehensive guide to ingredients found in the aisles of Bi-Rite - and in other stores like it - that helps readers become better-informed shoppers. The approach is a natural extension of a store that has built a business, and a community, around doing the same thing."
--San Francisco Chronicle, 10/16/11
"San Franciscans, with their city's well-earned reputation as a culinary paradise, have no shortage of

""Eat Good Food" makes a convincing case that sustainable grocery shopping is good for both customers and the community as a whole -- a concept that could work anywhere."
--The Atlantic, 11/21/11
"I am of the mind that the process of learning how to cook should always begin with learning how to shop."
--Chocolate & Zucchini, 10/25/11
"If it came from Bi-Rite, it was going to be good. This book captures that spirit and takes it out into the larger world and, hopefully, it will find its way into your kitchen where it will inform, encourage and inspire you to Eat Good Food."
--TheKitchn.com, 10/21/11
"A yummy, practical book that invites readers to dig in."
--San Jose Mercury News, 10/19/11
"What makes the book particularly valuable is its comprehensive guide to ingredients found in the aisles of Bi-Rite - and in other stores like it - that helps readers become better-informed shoppers. The approach is a natural extension of a store that has built a

"The fat, photograph-rich book is part culinary manifesto, part recipe collection, [and part] insider's buyer's guide full of advice and tips for sustainable grocery shopping anywhere....At a time when the farm-to-restaurant movement has all but become a cliche, Mogannam is a pioneer in what might be called the farm-to-grocery store movement."
--Barry Estabrook, The Atlantic, 11/21/11
""Eat Good Food" makes a convincing case that sustainable grocery shopping is good for both customers and the community as a whole -- a concept that could work anywhere."
--The Atlantic, 11/21/11
"One of the most comprehensive guides to grocery shopping and choosing ingredients."
--SF Chronicle, Holiday Gift Guide, 11/20/11
"The recipes are well-tested, well-written and yield fantastic results. If only all my textbooks in high school had been this useful..."
--Caroline Ford, author of FoodShed, 11/16/11
"An accessible, concise, and beautifully photographed primer for the home cook."
--Lena Brooks, author of "A Happier Meal," 11/15/11
"A handy manual for inspired eating."
--TastingTable San Francisco, 11/7/11
"If you want to eat like we eat in the Bay Area, this is your book."
--Amy Sherman, Cooking with Amy, 11/1/11
"I am of the mind that the process of learning how to cook should always begin with learning how to shop."
--Chocolate & Zucchini, 10/25/11
"If it came from Bi-Rite, it was going to be good. This book captures that spirit and takes it out into the larger world and, hopefully, it will find its way into your kitchen where it will inform, encourage and inspire you to Eat Good Food."
--TheKitchn.com, 10/21/11
"Throughout this book, Mogannam illustrates the connection between store, shopper, producer, and environment - bringing into practical focus Bi-Rite's ethos of 'creating community through food.'"
--Joseph Tarnowski, Progressive Grocer, 10/20/11
"A yummy, practical book t

Finalist, IACP Awards 2012, First Book Category
The fat, photograph-rich book is part culinary manifesto, part recipe collection, [and part] insider's buyer's guide full of advice and tips for sustainable grocery shopping anywhere....At a time when the farm-to-restaurant movement has all but become a cliche, Mogannam is a pioneer in what might be called the farm-to-grocery store movement.
Barry Estabrook, The Atlantic, 11/21/11
"Eat Good Food"makes a convincing case that sustainable grocery shopping is good for both customers and the community as a whole -- a concept that could work anywhere.
The Atlantic, 11/21/11
One of the most comprehensive guides to grocery shopping and choosing ingredients.
SF Chronicle, Holiday Gift Guide, 11/20/11
The recipes are well-tested, well-written and yield fantastic results. If only all my textbooks in high school had been this useful...
Caroline Ford, author of FoodShed, 11/16/11
An accessible, concise, and beautifully photographed primer for the home cook.
Lena Brooks, author of"A Happier Meal," 11/15/11
A handy manual for inspired eating.
TastingTable San Francisco, 11/7/11
If you want to eat like we eat in the Bay Area, this is your book.
Amy Sherman, Cooking with Amy, 11/1/11
For the food shopper who thinks, the positively indispensable "Bi-Rite Market s Eat Good Food "is the holy reference guide/blue book that clues consumers in to the real value of what s on the grocery shelf. At a time when so much is being written about atrocities in our broken food system, consumers looking for sound, actionable advice on making grocery store purchasing decisions will appreciate this neatly compiled background check on everything from canned tuna to flour, fresh meat, fish and milk, and every manner of produce under the sun.
Bay Area Bites, KQED blog, 10/31/11
I am of the mind that the process of learninghow to cookshould always begin with learninghow to shop.
Chocolate & Zucchini, 10/25/11
If it came from Bi-Rite, it was going to be good. This book captures that spirit and takes it out into the larger world and, hopefully, it will find its way into your kitchen where it will inform, encourage and inspire you to Eat Good Food.
TheKitchn.com, 10/21/11
Throughout this book, Mogannam illustrates the connection between store, shopper, producer, and environment - bringing into practical focus Bi-Rite's ethos of 'creating community through food.'
Joseph Tarnowski, Progressive Grocer, 10/20/11
A yummy, practical book that invites readers to dig in.
San Jose Mercury News, 10/19/11
What makes the book particularly valuable is its comprehensive guide to ingredients found in the aisles of Bi-Rite - and in other stores like it - that helps readers become better-informed shoppers. The approach is a natural extension of a store that has built a business, and a community, around doing the same thing.
San Francisco Chronicle, 10/16/11
For the home cook who is flummoxed by meal planning, cooking in season, and buying the right groceries, this book is a road map. For the more practiced cook who wants to refine and improve his or her ability to buy the best possible ingredients, this book is a practical translation of all the high-gloss mediated food language like "locavore," turning such concepts into something that can make an actual difference on your dinner table and food budget.
The City Cook, Fall's New Cookbooks, 10/13/11
San Franciscans, with their city s well-earned reputation as a culinary paradise, have no shortage of world-class restaurants and shops. At the apex stands Bi-Rite Market. . . . The shop s owner, Sam Mogannam has put together "Bi-Rite Market s Eat Good Food," an intelligent and useful guide and cookbook framed by Mogannam s accomplished approach to cooking and shopping. Filled with practical tips and tasty recipes (and crammed with color photos and a vibrant layout), the book is the embodiment of the Bi-Rite experience. Even if you live far from San Francisco, "Eat Good Food" will make you feel like a shop regular. And that s a very good feeling indeed.
Modern Tonic, 10/13/11
Not only provides recipes for the kind of comfort food you'll find behind their glass case, but more importantly, the book functions as a guide to intelligent grocery shopping from the man who's spent years learning the art of buying.
7x7 San Francisco, Fall's Best Local Cookbooks, 10/6/11
A beloved West Coast institution is celebrated between the covers of this inspiring cookbook.
Publishers Weekly, 7/11/11
Like a trip to Bi-Rite Market, this book is super helpful, incredibly informative, fun, and full of great ways to use all the food that s in it. Spend twenty minutes shopping at Bi-Rite Market and you re pretty much guaranteed to leave with a basketful of well-made, great tasting, sustainably produced food, a lot of informative insights about what you bought, recipe ideas for how to serve it, and a big smile. With this book, you ll experience all of that aside from the actual food and will likely want to start putting what you ve learned about smart, sustainable shopping to work right away at your local market and then later in your kitchen. If you live in the Mission, you probably already shop at Bi-Rite. If you live further afield, buy the book and visit the shop (as I do) every time you re in town.
Ari Weinzweig, co-founder of Zingerman s Community of Businesses and author of "Zingerman s Guide to Good Eating"
"Eat Good Food" is a lot more useful than your typical coffee-table cookbook. It s a teaching tool that s sure to change the way you shop, source, and cook good food.
Charles Phan, James Beard Award winning chef-owner of The Slanted Door"

About the Author

Sam Mogannamis the second-generation owner of Bi-Rite Market and founder of the Bi-Rite family of businesses, which includes Bi-Rite Creamery, 18 Reasons, and Bi-Rite Farms. He also serves on the board of the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade. Sam has been featured in "Food & Wine, Bon Appetit, Sunset, " and the "San Francisco Chronicle," and programs such as Foodcrafters. Sam stepped into the family grocery business in 1997, after working as a chef at his own restaurant, and transformed the market into a culinary landmark.
Dabney Goughis a graduate of California Culinary Academy, a former columnist with the "San Francisco Chronicle," and a contributor to "Fine Cooking" and the "Honolulu Weekly." She is the co-author of the forthcoming "Bi-Rite Creamery s Sweet Cream and Sugar Cones" and lives in Honolulu, Hawaii.
France Ruffenach s photography has appeared in countless books, magazines, and commercial campaigns. She has been twice nominated for the James Beard Award for best photography, and won in 2008 for her work on "The Country Cooking of France." She lives in San Francisco."

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Amazon.com: 4.8 out of 5 stars 35 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good resource! 12 Jan. 2013
By RDawn - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is an absolutely wonderful resource. There are explanations of how to buy, store, cook, and use each food product (beans, citrus, meat, everything!). I love all the information the authors give. They don't also give a ton of detail at times, but enough for you to understand. For example, they don't fully break down the different cocoa percentages in chocolate and they names those percentages correspond to, but they do explain enough that the reader can pay attention when shopping. I am trying to buy new foods/produce I haven't before, so this book gives me ideas of what to try and how to the best grapefruit, etc. Exactly what I wanted!

There are also many recipes throughout the book located at the end of each section, so that the recipes are related to the topics just discussed. The Produce section is broken down into seasons, and Butcher Counter (meat) section is broken down into animals, etc. Some recipe examples: white bean puree with prosciutto crespelle, delfina's spaghetti, chocolate sour cream bundt cake with chocolate glaze, butternut squash latkes, delicata squash salad with fingerling potatoes and pomegranate seeds, etc. I have yet to make any of the recipes, but I have starred many. I mainly bought the book as a shopping resource. There is a helpful index for looking for recipes.

Overall AMAZING purchase! I highly recommend the book.
5.0 out of 5 stars I Would Love To Eat My Way Through This Book 21 April 2012
By CANTHESPAM - Published on Amazon.com
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I love Bi-Rite Market and so I totally expected to love the book too. It is beautifully presented and well written and a pleasure to read. with comments on food and and 90 recipes. It is a very useful book no matter how or where you shop. Hints and pointers on fruit, veggies, sandwiches, desserts, dairy, meat etc.. I learned many new things just thumbing through it as soon as it arrived. It is an encyclopedia of food. You will be referring to it again and again as I do, or just pursuing it for new information and the sheer delight of reading about good food.

The recipes have pictures and very clear instructions and an explanation of the ingredients.

I like that it also includes information on farmers and the origin of some of their products.

It contains many clear and beautiful pictures. This is a heavy book - that's how much excellent information is in it. It would make a much appreciated gift and I intend to buy several more for friends.

If you ever are in San Francisco, make an effort to visit the market ... hard parking and always crowded and can be expensive, but hey it's only money - what better way to spend it than on fabulous food and the best smoked salmon this side of New York. We think it surpasses Zabar's.
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Amazing 2 Oct. 2012
By Violet - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I have never written a product review for anything before, ever, but I feel compelled to share with you how incredible this book is! Food is so important. From how/where you shop and prepare food to the health and welfare of the farmers, ranchers, pickers, and animals that your food is coming from - every step is vitally, astoundingly important. You can change the world by changing the way you think about food. If only I lived in San Francisco and had a limitless grocery budget! This book, however, makes grocery shopping easy and good food accessible to everyone, no matter where you are. It deserves a place in every kitchen. Beautiful layout & illustrations. Discusses every department of your grocery store, what to shop for, how to store/prepare ingredients, everything! It is a very comprehensive guide. I am reading it like a novel, but I will have it to reference always, and am drooling over these recipes. BUY THIS BOOK!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the one worth buying 22 Nov. 2011
By Sheetar - Published on Amazon.com
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It seems as if there are a million books out there about food, farming, and cooking. This one is about being a grocer, and for my money this is the one to buy and to give. It is a revelation to read in terms of the information it gives about the role grocers can play in building good communities. It helps us learn how to be much better shoppers. It has really good, make-it-time-and-again recipes. And it is beautiful to look at and practical to handle and use. Thanks to the authors for writing this book!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Appreciation for Vendors 24 Oct. 2011
By MaryMum - Published on Amazon.com
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There are many things to appreciate about this book, and "getting to know" the vendors is one of those things. I will never buy artisanal grocery items again without thinking about who produced them, where and why. That concept takes the consumption of such foods to a whole new level of enjoyment...from mindless eating to true appreciation. Thank you, Sam and Dabney, for sharing the world of Bi-Rite with readers all over the country.
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