rior to the civil war, one of the first roups to immigrate to the United States were the Germans.
Mid 19th century New York was still very much a rural urban center; Germans opened breweries and factories to produce their national cuisine including sausages and beer.
In addition to beer gardens, Germans are responsible for introducing both the hamburger and hotdog into American traditions, both foods now considered a symbol of this country.
After the Germans, the next group to make their presence felt on American soil were the Irish.
Along with the Russian and Irish, Jews and Italians are responsible for creating a melting pot culture as the United States grew to be a country of many immigrants.
Zeigelman weaves the history of immigrants along with their food contributions to American history and key recipes for each ethnic group 's cuisine.