I didn't want to enjoy this book as much as I did, primarily because I have a hard time watching the author elucidate as a judge on Iron Chef. He strikes me as a mansplainer and kind of full of himself. But he is so interesting as a guest on podcasts, and seems like a real person with knowledge he wants to share in a way that isn't so haughty. And he's written really good books. Especially the one he's best known for: The Making of a Chef, which is one of my favorites.
That said, this is his best effort yet. I'm a sucker for memoir-laden history, and this story shares the author's upbringing in Ohio paralleling the evolution of grocery stores in the US. It's a beautifully structured way to learn about how our food systems became what we have to endure and suffer through today while subtly making the case for what's not right about it from a consumer perspective, all while learning about life as the son of a guy who adored grocery stores. In Ohio. And that's awesome.
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