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Can You Trust a Tomato in January?

3.69  ·  Rating Details  ·  59 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Here is the great American ritual of supermarket shopping in all its Muzak-drenched, fluorescent-lit, coupon-clipped glory. In this fascinating expedition through the world of polished linoleum-tiled aisles, find out why peanut butter doesn't stick to the roof of your mouth anymore, discover the lost connection between graham crackers and sex, and learn what's really in th ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published July 6th 1994 by Touchstone (first published 1993)
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Sara ♥
Jan 26, 2009 Sara ♥ rated it really liked it
So, I'm not sure if I'm going to be able to eat meat without gagging for the next few days. BLEGH...

Overall, this book was a mixture of fascinating and hilarious. It was written in a very funny and interesting way, although I admit, some of the humor was found in the fact that the book is from 1993... and so they say funny things like, "Only 12 percent of supermarkets take credit card" and "Only 88 percent of supermarkets have plastic bags". :P I thought those were great. He talks about barcode
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Heyrebekah Alm
Jan 31, 2009 Heyrebekah Alm rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This book takes the reader on an informational trip through the supermarket, stopping in every aisle to point out wacky or little-known facts about the origins of different foods. Staten was writing in 1993, so a lot of this is outdated (plastic bags, bar codes and using credit cards in the grocery store were still catching on, and Frujen Gladje competed with Ben & Jerry's), but yet that sort of adds to the charm. His point is how much grocery shopping has changed since his grandmother's tim ...more
Ann
Jun 28, 2015 Ann added it
I learned a lot from this book. Anybody interested in food and food culture would be interested in this read.
Margaret
Aug 07, 2011 Margaret added it
Shelves: 2007
Here is the great American ritual of supermarket shopping in all its Muzak-drenched, fluorescent-lit, coupon-clipped glory. In this fascinating expedition through the world of polished linoleum-tiled aisles, find out why peanut butter doesn't stick to the roof of your mouth anymore, discover the lost connection between graham crackers and sex, and learn what's really in the mysterious stuff they call Cool Whip.

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Although a little dated, this
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Kennedy
Apr 11, 2009 Kennedy rated it really liked it
Very interesting! Staten's book follows a trip around the grocery store filling in with short stories on different items he and his wife purchase. (The US has 9% of the world's population but eats 45% of its ice cream. A cashier should be able to scan 20 items in a minute.) The book was very informative. The book was written in the early 1990s and is a little dated, but this only makes the book better--he talks about how much the grocery business has changed since his Grandmother's day. We can s ...more
Alison
I really enjoyed this book. The author and his wife go grocery shopping and, as they put items in their cart, the author explains the origins, the creation/manufacturing/delivery/growing/harvesting/ cooking procedures, and the history of products. The velveeta one was intersting. It was amazing to see the amount of preservatives, fillings, colors, chemicals put into everyday food and how the FDA governs such additives and how the laws came to be.
Rae
Aug 01, 2008 Rae rated it really liked it
Shelves: food-issues
A highly entertaining look at the grocery business and the quality of our food supply. Do you know why grocery stores are designed the way they are and how grocers entice us to make certain purchases? Do you know where your food comes from? Do you know whether it is safe? Read this and you will never grocery-shop the same way again!
Ashley (mac&chip)
Jan 27, 2009 Ashley (mac&chip) rated it it was amazing
This book is so random, but I loved it. There were so many different grocery store/food tidbit that I didn't know.

Such as butter being the first food congress allowed coloring to be added to.

It's a quick, amusing read.
Lillian
Sep 28, 2009 Lillian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: need-to-purchase
great book on the history of supermarkets in america and the stuff we buy there. factual, not preachy. great info, even if the data is slightly dated.
Eleni
Jul 18, 2008 Eleni rated it liked it
Recommends it for: foodies
Fun book, a bit outdated but gives definite insight into the grocery store industry. Very infomrative if you eat the typically "American" diet.
Daelith
May 05, 2008 Daelith rated it liked it
Shelves: bookcrossing
Interesting info on food and their sources. Not sure I ever want to eat Jell-O again though.
KaTe
Feb 13, 2009 KaTe rated it it was ok
Winter Book Challenge/Nest Book Club - jan, feb, march in title
Michelle
Jun 12, 2011 Michelle rated it really liked it
funny and fascinating food facts--well designed--neat book
Fatbaldguy60
Oct 30, 2008 Fatbaldguy60 rated it liked it
Lots of interesting food and grocery trivia.
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