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97 Orchard by Jane Ziegelman
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Oct 20, 2011

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bookshelves: library-ebook, cooking, history
Read from October 20 to 21, 2011

I could have done without the numerous recipes throughout. I understand the inclusion of them, but they really interrupted the narrative for me.

I also got the feeling that the author really wanted to write about the Ellis Island cafeterias (this was the most energetically written part of the book) but couldn't figure out how to just focus on that in a full-length book. Instead, there's this, focusing on five families who lived at one address during a span of history. Given that widely varying amounts of information were available about each family, a lot was glossed over at certain points. We also never know why these people moved out of the 97 Orchard address (apart from the first family).

While it was interesting in places, I skimmed quite a bit.

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