Jan. 2018 - Grocery

1/10/18 #AgBookClub Recap

Miss the last #AgBookClub chat? No worries, we’ve compiled a summary of the chat to prepare you for next week!

This week, we continued discussing our January selection, Grocery: The Buying and Selling of Food in America, by Michael Ruhlman. Week 2 covered pages 77 through 138, where we learned more about how grocery stores/supermarkets worked, how a doctor shops, and what grocers think about some of the rumors floating around about sneaky selling practices of grocery stores.

Below are several responses that we thought summed up the Week 2 chat well, covered themes, or contained thought-provoking questions or comments.

Feel free to chime in with your thoughts in the comments section of this post or on Twitter (clicking the date at the bottom of each tweet will take you directly to that tweet on Twitter’s website). You can see the full conversation by searching “#AgBookClub” on Twitter.

Q1: What’s one thing that’s jumped out at you in this section? Any key takeaways you’d like to share?


Q2: What do you think makes these the most likely dinner choices? And are they good ones?


Q3: If you could strike one word from the U.S. food vocabulary, what would it be? Why?


Q4: How have food fads of the 90s (low-fat, low carb) and of today (gluten-free, hormone-free) changed the way we shop for food?


Q5: Is there anything you would change or add to this rule of thumb?


Q6: The author points out that other retailers don’t get the same media treatment about “shady” practices that grocery stores do. When it comes to assertions like this, are you more likely to trust the reporting or the sources (in this case grocers) themselves?


Join us for Week 3 on Wednesday, January 17th. We’ll be discussing pages 139 – 176. See the reading schedule here. If you’re never participated in AgBookClub and aren’t sure if you should jump in halfway through, please do! We’d love to have you join us!

The #AgBookClub Twitter chat takes place Wednesdays at 8pm CST.

Check out what’s coming up on #AgBookClub in early 2018. Have a book-lover friend? Invite them to join!

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