97 Orchard : An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in One New York Tenement

97 Orchard is a richly detailed investigation of the lives and culinary habits—shopping, cooking, and eating—of five families of various ethnicities living at the turn of the nineteenth century in one tenement on the Uppe East Side of Manhattan. With 40 recipes included, 97 Orchard is perfect for fans of Rachel Ray ’ s Hometown Eats; anyone interested in the istory of how immigrant food became American food; and “ foodies ” of every stripe.
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Using the building as the setting for her dramatic narrative, author and food historian Jane Ziegelman tells the multilayered, multidimensional stories of German, Irish, Jewish, Polis, and Italian residents and the food traditions they celebrated.In 1863, a prosperous German tailor built a home for his family in New York 's Lower East Side, and rented out the other apartments in his building to German acquaintances.

And then read Jane Ziegelman 's fine book, which so fully and dramatically documents the way the building 's residents celebrated life in their new country with food cultures brought from the old.97 Orchard: An Edible History is social history at its very best, fully documented and beautifully written, a stunning testimony to the mportance of food in our lives.

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This novel was a gift from my son, who knows that I 'm nterested in history and, well, food.

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The author traces five immigrant families -- all of whom lived in the 7 Orchard tenement in New York in the early nineteenth early twentieth century.

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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.

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In this nove the notion is more of a gimmick than a historical tale though, and each family history was basically just a venue for presenting a generalized overview of a certain immigrant group and the oods they ate.

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