I was able to take a break in errand running this weekend at just the right time for a speaker at Book Larder – Fremont’s new community cookbook store. I was excited for this little gem of a store to open last month – loving the idea of a place focused on the notions and recipes that make up the community of food. They have cooking classes, demonstrations and author’s signings – and this weekend was Sam Mogannam (upper, right) of Bi-Rite Grocery in San Francisco speaking about his new book Eat Good Food. A book full of great recipes, of course, but what sets it apart is the thorough discussion about how to identify the best quality ingredients, build your pantry and how to store items properly. Sam earnestly talked about his story, and his family’s history with the Bi-Rite since the 1960’s, along with its evolution into the “neighborhood market feeding their community with love, passion and integrity”. I’ve never taken the side trip to check out Bi-Rite when I’ve had the focused trip of visiting their Mission neighbor, Tartine (arguably the best bread I’ve had – ever) – but I will certainly be checking it out on my next Bay area trip!