Ari Weinzweig

Ari Weinzweig is co-founder of Zingerman's Community of Businesses, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He is also the author of Zingerman's Guide to Good Eating. More

After graduating from University of Michigan with a degree in Russian history, Ari Weinzweig went to work washing dishes in a local restaurant and soon discovered that he loved the food business. Along with his partner Paul Saginaw, Ari started Zingerman's Delicatessen in 1982 with a $20,000 bank loan, a staff of two, a small selection of great-tasting specialty foods, and a relatively short sandwich menu. Today, Zingerman's is a community of businesses that employs over 500 people and includes a bakery, creamery, sit-down restaurant, training company, coffee roaster, and mail order service. Ari is the author of the best-selling Zingerman's Guide to Good Eating and the forthcoming Zingerman's Guide to Better Bacon.
  • Ireland's Renowned Oatmeal

    Not all oatmeal is equal: Taste Macroom's, from a 200-year-old mill, and you won't want instant again.

  • Recipe: Macroom Oatmeal Biscuits

    This recipe was developed by Myrtle Allen of Ballymaloe House in Shanagarry, Co. Cork in Ireland for the Walton Mills oats from Macroom.

  • A Simple Springtime Salad

    Combine cabbage, celery, and fennel with good olive oil and vinegar, and serve with a side of feta or goat cheese.

  • From Spain, the Foie Gras of Peppers

    Pimientos de Cristal are rich, roasted, and very, very expensive. Though most people might not think they want to spend money on peppers, the author explains why they're worth a splurge--and why you should consider eating them right out of the jar.

  • Making a Guide to Better Bacon

    The author gathers a group of friends to help assemble a special edition of his latest book: a guide to bacon. It's a joyous occasion, marked by a special visit from one of the people who inspired the author to write the book in the first place.

  • Forget BLT: Here's the Honest ABE

    Celebrate asparagus season by making the ultimate springtime sandwich, combine asparagus, bacon, and egg and put it all between two slices of your favorite kind of toast. Be sure to eat it quickly--this sandwich is best when it's fresh and hot.

  • Maine's Luscious Smoked Salmon

    Stonington Seafood makes smoked salmon on a small scale while trying to help its coastal Maine community. And the company never loses sight of the most basic rule of smoked fish: it's always as good as the fresh fish from which it comes.

  • The South's Signature Sandwich

    Pimento cheese is a staple of Southern cuisine--but many people elsewhere haven't tasted its simple, spicy creaminess. Here, an ode to the pimento cheese sandwich and a tip for how to make this classic even better by adding one ingredient.

  • An Ingredient Worth Trying: Octopus

    It might look unusual, but prepared with toasty, smoky couscous, this Tunisian recipe will make you see octopus in a new way. One taste of this simple, flavorful dish, and you will be won over.

  • Recipe: Octopus and Couscous (aka Octo-cous)

    A fascinating taste of Tunisian cooking that exemplifies the uniqueness and deliciousness of the country's traditional cuisine. Baby fava beans, chickpeas, and sliced up octopus are long cooked in a light tomato sauce, with the couscous cooked in at the end.

  • A Spice Rub For More Than Just Meat

    Merken, the native spice of Chile, goes with beef, fish, and, lamb but can also accompany everything from eggs to pasta to fruit. It's about as easy to use and versatile as you're going to get: You just sprinkle it on whatever you're eating.

  • Polenta: The Complete Guide

    This corn-based dish goes with a wide range of sauces and toppings, from butter to tomato sauce to honey. Here, a three-part guide to buying, cooking, and enjoying polenta, along with the stories and history behind the food.

  • Polenta: The Complete Guide

    Eating Soft Polenta. This is really about as easy as it gets. As long as you've started with good polenta and have good toppings to put…

  • Giving Anchovies a Second Chance

    So many people's first experience with these little fish was by being offered outstandingly bad versions of them that they form their entire opinion from that understandably negative impression. But fresh anchovies are worth another try. Follow the example of the Spanish.

  • Honey Never Tasted This Sweet

    Honey goes with everything from cheese to tea, but it's best by the spoonful--especially this rare, exotic variety.

  • The Reuben: A How-To Guide

    This sandwich is all about flavors--free range turkey, rich Swiss cheese, slightly sweet bread, sauerkraut, spices, and more--in harmonious balance. A description of how it all comes together provides inspiration for making one at home.

  • Spain's Tomato-Soaked Take on Bruschetta

    Everybody loves Italy's classic garlic-rubbed, oil-soaked bread. But hardly anyone's heard of Pa amb Tomaquet. As soon as you learn how to make it, this tomato-soaked Spanish delicacy will challenge bruschetta for dominance at your dinner table.

  • Babka, Trans-Atlantic Jewish Delight

    Babka, a pastry sure to cheer anyone up even in these tough economic times, dates to ancient Ukraine--or is it Italy? But chocolate babka, the most appealing variation of all, could only be an American creation. A history across continents.

  • Searching for the Ideal Chocolate

    After mock-ups, test batches, and the gathering of chocolate from Missouri to Mexico, this decadent chocolate bar is finally ready for prime time. The author has scoured continents for the right beans, the best vanilla, and that special something extra. He, and you, can taste the difference.

  • Potlikker: From Slave Plantations to Today

    Never had potlikker? This hearty green drink began with American slaves and became a Southern staple. Don't dismiss the collards as just some passing vegetable sidebar--there is a story behind that small mess of greens.

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Adventures in Legal Weed

Colorado is now well into its first year as the first state to legalize recreational marijuana. How's it going? James Hamblin visits Aspen.

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What Makes a Story Great?

The storytellers behind House of CardsandThis American Life reflect on the creative process.

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Tracing Sriracha's Origin to Thailand

Ever wonder how the wildly popular hot sauce got its name? It all started in Si Racha.

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Where Confiscated Wildlife Ends Up

A government facility outside of Denver houses more than a million products of the illegal wildlife trade, from tigers and bears to bald eagles.

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Is Wine Healthy?

James Hamblin prepares to impress his date with knowledge about the health benefits of wine.

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The World's Largest Balloon Festival

Nine days, more than 700 balloons, and a whole lot of hot air

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