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Learn the dos and don’ts and ins and outs of grocery shopping from an insider

Grocery Shopping Secrets, Reduce Your Food Budget with Grocery-Insider Wisdom is a must have for the novice cook and an indispensable guide for the more experienced. With rising food costs, it has never been more important to be an informed shopper – for quality – for quantity – for your budget.


Former grocer and award-winning cookbook author, Carol Ann Kates, shares a lifetime of wisdom on selecting and storing perishables as well as strategies for reducing your food budget. Finally, a resource to help you navigate the supermarket like a pro.  


Grocery Shopping Secrets is:

  • Stuffed with grocery-insider wisdom on how to select the freshest perishable products.

  • Flavored with advice on properly storing perishable foods, ensuring they stay fresher longer.

  • Sprinkled with directions on freezing everything from fruit to milk to shellfish.

  • Spiced with techniques and tricks Carol Ann has learned during her years in the kitchen. 

  • Available in eBook to take Carol Ann shopping with you on your smart phone or iPad. 

Click to order for $19.95 plus shipping.

To order more than one book, email Carol Ann for special shipping prices.


More than a cookbook

Former grocer and deli operator, Carol Ann Kates, has collected more than three hundred family-tested, customer-approved recipes into an award-winning, best-selling cookbook that shares her life’s work. A recent review found Secret Recipes from the Corner Market to be: “Replete with lovely illustrations, as well as fun, fascinating historical details. Kates’ work offers a uniquely immersive take on the modern cookbook.” 

Written in an easy-to-understand style, Kates makes difficult recipes seem simple.  “….the author opens the door of culinary art to the Door Dash generation, while offering a heartfelt and enduringly relevant cookbook that anyone can enjoy.”


  • Stuffed with practical and delicious recipes to give readers creative ways to use every day fare.

  • Flavored with old favorites, upscale cuisine, and secret recipes to delight your palate.

  • Spiced with entertaining anecdotes to lift your spirits.

  • Sprinkled with fascinating tidbits of food history for a trip down memory lane.

  • Tossed with Carol Ann’s personal advice about selecting and storing ingredients for savory results.

  • Served in the corner market environment to make you feel right at home.

Click to order Carol Ann's award-winning cookbook for $25 plus shipping.

To order more than one book, email Carol Ann for special shipping prices.


Coming in 2024

When the city closes the road in front of a recently-opened, family-owned supermarket, sales spiral downward, jeopardizing not only the survival of the business but also family loyalties.


Take a peak into one of Carol Ann's childhood flashbacks

by downloading a sample chapter.

Click to download a sample chapter


Introducing the Ollie McNary Saga

When Ollie McNary is abandoned at the alter by her fiancée, she follows him to Texas; but when he is murdered shortly after their wedding, she must find a way to save herself, her fortune, and her children from swindlers who want to steal everything she inherited.

Click to download a sample chapter

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