There’s a joke in my family that I inherited my love of the daily market run from my dad. It hardly ever bothers me to run to the store to pick up a few items to make dinner. In fact, I love poking around the produce aisle for something that inspires, reading the back of packages, and staring into the infinite abyss of the cereal aisle, even if I end up walking away empty-handed.
But you know what? Languid trips to the store don’t happen that often for the sake of time and efficiency. Most of the time, my grocery store runs are directly influenced by what's in the pantry. When I head to the store, I'm thinking about what items to buy to add something fresh to the staples I already have on hand. And it turns out Ruth Reichl has the same strategy in mind.