Jan. 2018 - Grocery

1/3/18 #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 kicked off 2018 with our January selection, Grocery: The Buying and Selling of Food in America, by Michael Ruhlman. Our discussion started with Part 1, which covered pages 1 through 76. We learned about the authors memories shopping for groceries with his father and why he wrote a book all about grocery stores.

Below are several responses that we thought summed up the Week 1 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 selection? Any highlights you’d like to share?


Q2: Are you willing to change your eating habits based on what’s in season?


Q3: When you’re grocery shopping, what’s one criterion you use to make choices that isn’t really important?


Q4: Where do you go for reliable information about food?


Q5: The Heinen brothers succeeded when other family grocers failed because they changed with changing times. What changes will family farms have to make in the next 5 years to stay afloat?


Q6: Do you think foodies are good for agriculture? Why or why not?


Join us for Week 2 on Wednesday, January 10th. We’ll be discussing pages 77 through 138. See the reading schedule here. 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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