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97 Orchard by Jane Ziegelman
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Feb 23, 11


Jane Ziegelman tells the story of five successive waves of European immigrants to New York City's Lower East Side through their culinary heritage. Her fascinating portrait of these immigrants shares some of the hardships they experienced and how their traditional foods provided comfort and joy as well as anchoring them to their old cultures as they assimilated into their new home land. Over time these immigrant foods enriched the American culinary landscape with dishes as diverse as corned beef and cabbage, chicken soup, green salads, pizza, pasta and bagels. I discovered this book while visiting the Tenement Museum on the Lower East Side and I'd highly recommend a visit to learn more about the pathway to America trod by many of our ancestors.
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