Shop Like A Chef—Get This Book!

Clara Moore and Matt Sorrell (pictured below) have delivered an excellent book with great information about where to buy food in metro St. Louis. As a contributor to their Kickstarter fund which helped get the book published, I am happy to report that the book has tons of useful content.

Shop Like A Chef: A Food Lover’s Guide To St. Louis Neighborhoods assembles retail food sources first by neighborhood, then (in greater detail) by the food they offer.

Clara and Matt

And it includes recipes!  They include a variety of dishes ranging from gumbo to asparagus Milanese to Mexican wedding cookies to Sopska salata to buttermilk fried chicken to roasted eggplant “meatloaf.”

The book gives suburbanites who rarely enter St. Louis city (except for Cardinals games) numerous ideas for places to score food items not carried by the major chains. Or, if the items are available at chain grocers, the smaller shops may offer fresher versions or ethnic variations.

Likewise, for those city dwellers who have heard of places like Ballwin but never ventured there, SLAC:AFLGTSLN mentions stores like The Smokehouse Market (Chesterfield), Jalisco Market (Overland) and Piccolino’s (Ferguson).

SLAC cover

Shop Like A Chef can help you plan for entertaining whether it’s a gourmet dinner or a sports-watching party. By suggesting new possibilities or rekindling a memory of something you read about in Bon Appetit ten years ago, SLAC:AFLGTSLN is a good resource for people who like to eat and especially for those who like to cook.

Like a huge plate of baba ghanoush (recipe on page 175), Shop Like A Chef can be savored in small bites or gobbled up in one sitting. If you love shopping for food and then preparing that food, get this book. And use it.

List price is 15.95. Click HERE for a list of bookstores and grocery stores that carry Shop Like A Chef. It is also available from Amazon.

Clara Moore interview

St. Louis chef Clara Moore is a contestant on “Around the World in 80 Plates,” which debuts tomorrow night on Bravo, 9:00 p.m. STL time. Here is her interview from Saturday’s Food Talk STL show:

Clara Moore Interview re “80 Plates”

More show archives are available by clicking the “Past Shows” tab at the top of this page.

Saturday, May 5 Show Lineup

The agenda:

Allyson Mace of Sauce magazine will tell you what you need to know about Food Truck Friday.

Clara Moore of Local Harvest Cafe will talk about being part of the new Bravo cooking competition show “Around the World in 80 Plates.”

Suzanne Corbett will chat about farmer’s markets, burgers and… mint juleps—it’s Kentucky Derby day, you know.

It’s also Cinco de Mayo. Therefore, we will find out from Jason and Adam Tilford about their popular Milagro Modern Mexican restaurant and their plans for Cinco.

Be sure to listen at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday on 590-AM, KFNS. (Please mention our show to a friend or two.)