The Food Life: Inside the World of Food with the Grocer Extraordinaire at Fairway

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Cooking - 256 pages

From Fairway Market's master buyer and author of the hugely successful Cheese Primer comes a celebration of the store's extravagant food collection and the stories surrounding its culture.

Fairway, a local institution in New York City for more than fifty years, is the busiest food store in the world. There shoppers can find innumerable artisanal food products, which, for three decades, Steven Jenkins has traveled the world to find. With a wonderful narrative and anecdotes from the man who personally brought so many of the world's greatest foods to New York and the United States, readers will become more enthusiastic shoppers and better cooks. Jenkins's longtime associate, Mitchel London, provides recipes that will attract not only Fairway customers but any home cook who has access to great ingredients.

 

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Steven Jenkins' Cheese Primer was the first thing I read when I started as a cheesemonger. The Food Life imparts the same passion and knowledge about the world's great foods. Jenkins is opinionated ... Read full review

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This enormously enjoyable meditation on subjects like Spanish olive oil, bagels "boiled in city tap water" and the varieties of Italian pork products was penned by the cheese guru behind New York City ... Read full review

Contents

Founders to Managers
19
The Meat Department Under the Command of Master
41
A Grand Old
65
Three Bold New Stores
81
My Department Grows by Leaps and Bounds
141
Olives Are Beautiful
153
In Praise of Olive Oil
171
The Really Good Stuff
191
Adventures in ImportingHighs and Lows
199
Epilogue
225
List of Recipes
231
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About the author (2009)

Steven Jenkins is the author of Cheese Primer, which won the James Beard Award and is in its tenth printing. Currently a vice president and the chief specialty foods buyer at Fairway, he has written for numerous food publications and appears regularly on television and radio. He lives in New York City with his wife and two children.

Mitchel London runs the Fairway Café and Steakhouse, and is its chef de cuisine. He was Mayor Ed Koch's official chef at Gracie Mansion for seven years and is the coauthor of The Mitchel London Gracie Mansion Cookbook.

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