From the New York Times' Dining Section...
In Search of Grocery Jems: Julia Moskin braves the city supermarkets in search of unsung products. Too bad she doesn't tells what stores she visited. I was surprised see recommendations for B&M Baked Beans, Progresso Lentil Soup, and Kozy Shack Rice Pudding. In a side bar, she suggests the best basics for your pantry.
Chains Take Inventory, Along With Some Chances: Kim Severson studies the changing nature of the supermarket business. She says that the modern supermarket began with the opening of a King Cullen in Queens 76 years ago. Artist Bruce McCall shares his vision for the supermarket of the future -- kiddie pool included.
Vegetable Love, Requited: Celia Barbour goes to market again. This time she gets "all deep and philosophical inside" over fall salads. She includes recipes for Dandelion, Bacon and Egg Salad; Apple, Cranberry and Goat Cheese Salad; and Chicken and Parsnip Salad With Roasted Shallot Dressing.
• New Year, New Dumpling: Savory the diversity of Jewish food, says Joan Nathan. Recipes for: Whole-Wheat Matzo Balls, Persian Chickpea and Chicken Dumplings and Iranian Beet, Plum and Celery Soup With Kubbeh.
• A Stopgap for the Spinach Love: Local spinach is probably okay. Me? I'm not taking any chances.
• High in Algeria's Mountains, a Kingdom of Couscous: Praise for handmade couscous.
• An interactive wine feature about pinot noir from weird places. If you've ever wondered what Florence Fabricant's voice sounds like, this is your chance to hear her along with Eric Asimov and other experts.