In this age of consumerism we remain woefully ignorant of exactly what is being offered to us. This book gives you all you need to know to shop with authority, answering basic questions such as how to select the best eggs and how long to keep meat in the freezer. From coffee and olive oil to cheese and chocolate, Hugo Arnold tells you where the food comes from, what it tastes like, and how to get the best out of it. If you cannot tell the difference between arabica and robust, what are you drinking? Each of the chapters has numerous delicious recipes, which invite us to explore the versatility of each ingredient, reassured in the knowledge that we can be proud of what we bought.