Zingerman's Guide to Good Eating: How to Choose the Best Bread, Cheeses, Olive Oil, Pasta, Chocolate, and Much More

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Nov 14, 2003 - Cooking - 512 pages
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Hailed by the New York Times, Esquire, and the Atlantic Monthly as one of the best delicatessens in the country, Zingerman’s is a trusted source for superior ingredients — and an equally dependable supplier of reliable information about food. Now, Ari Weinzweig, the founder of Zingerman’s, shares two decades of knowledge gained in his pursuit of the world’s finest food products.
In this fascinating resource guide, he tells you everything you need to know about how to choose top-quality basics that can transform every meal from ordinary to memorable: oils, vinegars, and olives; bread, pasta, and rice; cheeses and cured meats; seasonings like salt, pepper, and saffron; vanilla, chocolate, and tea.
How do you tell the difference between a great aged balsamic vinegar and a caramel-flavored impostor? How do you select an extraordinary olive oil from the bewildering array of bottles on the grocery shelf? Which Italian rice makes the creamiest risotto (and what are the tricks to making a terrific one)? Is there a difference between traditionally made pastas and commercial brands? How do English and American Cheddars compare? How do you make sense of the thousands of teas in the world to find one you love? What should you look for on the label of a good chocolate?
In Zingerman's Guide to Good Eating, Ari Weinzweig provides the answers -- and includes approximately 100 recipes, many collected from artisan food makers, from Miguel’s Mother’s Macaroni to “LEO” (lox, eggs, and onions) to Funky, Chunky Dark Chocolate Cookies.
This book is not only an indispensable guide to pantry essentials, it’s an enthralling read. You’ll visit artisan food producers, learn fascinating facts, find sources for the best brands and food suppliers, and get valuable advice that will change the way you cook forever.

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User Review  - Krumbs - LibraryThing

I think the recipes in this one are actually unnecessary. It's much more useful for the how-to-choose parts. Also not a fan of the illustrations, but that's incidental and no reason to get a hate-on for it. An ok book, but a good resource, if that makes sense. Read full review

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User Review  - Erika - Goodreads

This is the coolest book!!!!! He basically teaches you how to be a foodie and recognize high-quality food products from their overly processed counterparts. The section on olive oil and vanilla was life changing for me. Read full review

About the author (2003)

Ari Weinzweig is the founding partner of Zingerman's Community of Businesses, including Zingerman's Delicatessen, Zingerman's Creamery, and Zingerman's Bakehouse.

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