The Test Kitchen Manager at Bon Appétit Shares What's in His Shopping Cart This Week

The Test Kitchen Manager at Bon Appétit Shares What's in His Shopping Cart This Week

Elizabeth Licata
Apr 6, 2018
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Is it just us, or does it sometimes feel like everyone at the grocery store has it all figured out? It's like every other shopper got some secret memo that never got passed along. There is no secret memo, though. To prove it to you, we talked to four busy people to find out how they shop, where they shop, and what they shop for. They all shop differently and have their own methods. Take a look in their carts, compare your methods, and maybe even steal an idea for your own secret memo.

The luckiest people in the world are people who have amazing, fully stocked kitchens to play in, and people who love what they do so much that they still want to keep doing it after getting home at the end of the day. With that in mind, it sounds like Brad Leone, the test kitchen manager at Bon Appétit and host of the It's Alive video series about fermented foods, could be described as pretty darn lucky.

Even though Leone cooks constantly at his day job, he still does 99 percent of the cooking at home for his family. His home kitchen sounds like an enviably well-stocked culinary playground, too. Keep reading to learn about his grocery shopping routine and what's in his cart this week.

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How often do you go to the grocery store?

I kinda go every day. For me it's a little bit of a different situation because I shop for Bon Appétit, so I'll go to different stores in the morning on my way in, and I'll do some personal shopping while I'm there, too, so I'll get stuff for dinner.

Do you have a meal plan in mind when you're shopping?

I'll have a game plan, but I'll call some audibles. If I'm going for shrimp, and the shrimp looks like hell, maybe I'll do something else. I shop by what's looking nice. You know, you have an idea of what you want to make, but if the shrimp is no good, maybe you'll do chicken, or steak, or something like that.

How many people are you shopping for?

I'm shopping for myself, my fiancé, and our 2-year-old. And we have another little guy coming at the end of April, so I guess three-and-a-half people?

What do you buy on a regular basis?

There's always citrus in my cart. Maybe I'll pick up some fingerling potatoes, or maybe some baby Yukon golds. And eggs, we eat a lot of eggs. Mushrooms — I'm a big fan of different mushrooms. And zucchini, we actually eat a lot of zucchini.

What's in your cart this week?

  1. Lucini Extra-Virgin Olive Oil, $20 for 16.9 ounces: You always need good olive oil and I'm constantly buying this stuff if I'm running out.
  2. Ancient Organics Ghee from Grass-Fed Cows, $21.99 for 16 ounces at Ancient Organics
  3. Tabasco Chipotle Pepper Sauce, $3.50 for 5 ounces at Walmart
  4. Huy Fong Sambal Olek Chili Paste, $3 for 8 ounces at We make a lot of rice and we do a lot of stir-fries. Sambal is great for added spice.
  5. Sun Fresh Ramen Noodles, $24 for two 12-ounce packages: I also make a lot of ramen and different noodle-based soups. I usually get these at Whole Foods.
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