The new book is one week away from publication so there’s still time to pre-order and get a nifty canvas tote from my publisher (fill out the form here, deal ends 5/15). Pre-orders really help a book’s launch. Very excited about this book. Lots of interest from the media so far, The New York Times, NPR, the WSJ and others. When you’re in the midst of the writing, you feel like you’re a colossal failure just about every other day. But then a book appears (with the help of an editor, a copy editor, a book designer, publicists) and it’s all rather surprising and not quite so dismal as you thought.

I do care about this book. My father is threaded throughout. GROCERY: ON BUYING AND SELLING FOOD IN AMERICA describes how these stores, like no other retail store we have, operate and what they mean.

I’m doing a number of events on both coasts and several in Cleveland where the story is largely set. Hope to see you out there.


Providence, RI

May 9: Persimmon Restaurant, 99 Hope St, Providence, RI, 02906. Dinner with Michael Ruhlman. 6 pm. Ticketed event.


New York, NY

May 13: Food Book Fair, Ace Hotel, 20 West 29th St, New York, NY 10001 Afternoon Salon: “New York City Markets: Past, Present, and Future” with Doria Santlofer, Rohan Mehra, and Anne Saxelby, moderated by Taylor Erkkinen. 3-4pm Signing follows.


Danville, CA

May 15 Rakestraw Books, 3 Railroad Ave, Danville, California 94526. 7pm. Talk/signing


San Francisco, CA

May 16 Omnivore, 3885a Cesar Chavez St, San Francisco, CA 94131, 6:30pm. Talk/signing.


Portland, OR

May 17 Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209, 7:30pm. Talk/signing


Seattle, WA

May 18 The Elliot Bay Book Company, 121 Tenth Ave, Seattle, WA 98122. In conversation with Rebekah Denn. 7pm. Signing to immediately follow


New York, NY

May 24  92Y, 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10128. Farm to Market to Table with Ruth Reichl and Dan Barber. 8pm, tickets $35. Signing to immediately follow



Brooklyn, NY

May 31 PowerHouse Arena , 28 Adams St, Brooklyn, NY 11201. In conversation with Michael Moss, 7pm. Signing to follow.


Cleveland, OH

June 5  Heinen’s, Chagrin Falls, 20 Shopping Center Dr, Chagrin Falls, OH 44022, 5 – 7pm. Signing

June 6  Heinen’s of Downtown Cleveland, 900 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44115, 11am-1pm. Signing

June 6  Heinen’s of Pepper Pike, 30849 Pinetree Rd, Pepper Pike, OH 44124, 5-7pm. Signing

June 7  AHA! (Arts and Humanities Alive!) Outdoor Book Festival, Playhouse Square, 1501 Euclid Ave (between 14th and 17th Street, Cleveland, OH, 44115, 6pm. Talk/signing.


More to come …