Those looking for a do-it-yourself course of action won't want to miss The Asian Grocery Store Demystified, by Linda Bladholm (Renaissance Books, $22.99), an essential reference for home cooks. Full of illustrations, this must-have guidebook clears up any culinary confusion that might intimidate anyone unfamiliar with Chinese, Thai, Japanese, Malay or Vietnamese veggies, fruits and seasonings.
Just south of Chinatown, Super Sprouts (205 Spadina, 977-7796) -- a truly grassroots organic organization -- offers two-hour classes to show neophytes how to sprout their own, er, sprouts. The next takes place September 12 at 7:30 pm and costs $25 (students/seniors $15, children under 12 free).
Unceremoniously booted from its long-time Markham Street home this past winter, the Organic Farmers Market has recently relocated to the laneway across from MuchMusic and next to the Beverley Tavern (240 Queen West). The market runs every Saturday, rain or shine.