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Arthur Schwartz's New York City Food: An Opinionated History and More Than 100 Legendary Recipes

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Arthur Schwartz is the Big Apple’s official foodie-about-town, a fellow who has fork-and-knived his way through the five boroughs. He knows his knish from his kasha, his bok choy from his bruschetta, his falafel from his frittata. And in Arthur Schwartz’s New York City Food, which won the IACP Award for Cookbook of the Year in 2005, he shared his gastronomic expertise, chr ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published March 1st 2008 by Stewart, Tabori and Chang (first published November 1st 2004)
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Jennifer
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In my quest to read all of the James Beard nominated cookbooks, I picked up this one. Really, though, this is way more than just a cookbook. The recipes are ancillary to the history of New York food. Schwartz chronologically details the various influences in the region - from Native American food heritage to the Dutch to the Jews to the Germans... the list goes on and on. He also talks about the iconic restaurants of yesteryear, such as
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Jen L.
Feb 26, 2009 Jen L. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a fascinating history of NYC seen through the lens of food. From what the Native Americans were eating and growing (the Canarsy Indians had farms in what is now Canarsie, Brooklyn) to what the settlers introduced, and how different waves of immigrants influenced what New Yorkers and eventually Americans, ate. It has stuff about how the cultures of Italians and Jews were so food-centric, while the Irish culture was drink-centric, the rise then fall of the many seafood restaurants as ...more
joon
Mar 05, 2008 joon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Run. Don't walk. Read this and savor every story and recipe. Your life is about to get infinitely better...and so are your meals! A must read for all lovers of history, outstanding recipes/food, good writing and, of course, New York City. Go Big Apple. The greatest city in the world.
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Dec 06, 2012 Althea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I take a lot of cookbooks out of the library and never put them on my Goodreads page; but this book is an exception. Not only does it have many enticing recipes but the author gives us an historic and inside look at many of the famous and revered institutions of New York City. Check it out!
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If you love food and especially if you love New York.....you'll love this book.
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I'd make the chicken except that water chestnut flour can't be found in Wyoming. Or on Amazon
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