I can't think of a more perfect person to interview for our Expert Essentials series (see the whole series so far here!) than Sam Mogannam, owner of Bi-Rite Grocery in San Francisco. Not only did Sam grow up in the grocery store, which was owned by his family, but he went to culinary school and worked as a chef before returning to Bi-Rite to reinvent it from a cooks point of view. He is absolutely dedicated to helping people love, appreciate, understand, and enjoy food and cooking. Read on for his lively, engaging list of essential things for a happy home kitchen.