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97 Orchard

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

Ziegelman, Jane

(Book - 2010)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
97 Orchard
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Baker & Taylor
Examines the eating customs of immigrants from Germany, Ireland, Italy, and Eastern Europe to broaden the understanding of the entire immigrant experience during the nineteenth century.

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In 97 Orchard, Jane Ziegelman explores the culinary life that was the heart and soul of New York's Lower East Side around the turn of the twentieth century?a city within a city, where Germans, Irish, Italians, and Eastern European Jews attempted to forge a new life. Through the experiences of five families, all of them residents of 97 Orchard Street, she takes readers on a vivid and unforgettable tour, from impossibly cramped tenement apartments down dimly lit stairwells where children played and neighbors socialized, beyond the front stoops where immigrant housewives found respite and company, and out into the hubbub of the dirty, teeming streets.

Ziegelman shows how immigrant cooks brought their ingenuity to the daily task of feeding their families, preserving traditions from home but always ready to improvise. While health officials worried that pushcarts were unsanitary and that pickles made immigrants too excitable to be good citizens, a culinary revolution was taking place in the streets of what had been culturally an English city. Along the East River, German immigrants founded breweries, dispensing their beloved lager in the dozens of beer gardens that opened along the Bowery. Russian Jews opened tea parlors serving blintzes and strudel next door to Romanian nightclubs that specialized in goose pastrami. On the streets, Italian peddlers hawked the cheese-and-tomato pies known as pizzarelli, while Jews sold knishes and squares of halvah. Gradually, as Americans began to explore the immigrant ghetto, they uncovered the array of comestible enticements of their foreign-born neighbors. 97 Orchard charts this exciting process of discovery as it lays bare the roots of our collective culinary heritage.



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"An engaging and delicious slice of life on the Lower East Side. And the recipes found in this book, though originating from various cultures, all have the air of comfort foods and home."---Juan Natran, author of Jewish Cooking in America

"What do just-arrived immigrants see as they gaze around a new land, and what do their native-born neighbors see as the newcomers make their presence felt? More practically. How do people begin the work of putting food on their tables amid unfamiliar streets and languages? These questions couldn't be more timely. Nor could Jane Ziegelman's penetrating exploration of them. You will come away with a renewed sense of what it means to be an American."---Anna Menebuasun, author of Milk and Stand Facing the Stove

"A truly fine idea. It not only opens a window to view the ways in which our nation's immigrants cooked and ate, it broadens and enriches our understanding of the entire immigrant experience. This book is an impressive contribution to American cultural history."---Naco Waxman, kitchen Arts & Letters, New York City

"Social history is, most elementally, food history, Jane Ziegelman had the great idea to zero in on one Lower East Side tenement building, and through it she has crafted a unique and aromatic narrative of New York's immigrant culture: with bread in the oven, steam rising from pots, and the family gathering `round."---Russbli Seorto, author of The Island at the Center of the World

In 97 Orchard, Jane Ziegelman explores the culinary life that was the heart and soul of New York's Lower East Side around the turn of the twentieth century---a city within a city, where Germans, Irish, Italians, and Eastern European Jews attempted to forge a new life. Through the experiences of five families, all of them residents of 97 Orchard Street, she takes readers on a vivid and unforgettable tour, from impossibly cramped tenement apartments down dimly lit stairwells where children played and neighbors socialized, beyond the front stoops where immigrant housewives found respite and company, and out into the hubbub of the dirty, teeming streets.

Ziegelman shows how immigrant cooks brought their ingenuity to the daily task of feeding their families, preserving traditions from home but always ready to improvise. While health officials worried that pushcarts were unsanitary and that pickles made immigrants too excitable to be good citizens, a culinary revolution was taking place in the streets of what had been culturally an English city. Along the East River, German immigrants founded breweries, dispensing their beloved lager in the dozens of beer gardens that opened along the Bowery. Russian Jews opened tea parlors serving blintzes and strudel next door to Romanian nightclubs that specialized in goose pastrami. On the streets, Italian peddlers hawked the cheese-and-tomato pies known as pizzarelli, while Jews sold knishes and squares of halvah. Gradually, as Americans began to explore the immigrant ghetto, they uncovered the array of comestible enticements of their

foreign-born neighbors. 97 Orchard charts this exciting process of discovery as it lays bare the roots of our collective culinary heritage.

Publisher: [Washington, D.C.] : Smithsonian Books ; New York : Harper, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0061288500
9780061288500
Branch Call Number: 394.1209 Z
Characteristics: xv, 253 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.

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The food traditions and habits of five families who lived at 97 Orchard Street in the 19th century: the Glockers (Germany), the Moores (Ireland), the Gumpertzs (Germany), the Rogarshvskys (Lithuania) and the Baldizzis (Italy). 97 Orchard Street on the Lower East Side of Manhattan is now the site ... Read More »

The food traditions and habits of five families who lived at 97 Orchard Street in the 19th century, including two Jewish families, one from Germany and one from Eastern Europe. 97 Orchard Street is now the home of the Tenement Museum.

Explores the culinary life of the Lower East Side - German,
Irish, Italian, and Jewish - at the turn of the 20th century
through the experiences of five families at 97 Orchard
Street. Includes recipes.


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Jul 07, 2011
  • ABluestocking rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Wonderful! Don't read while hungry! Jane Ziegelman doesn't delve too deeply into the lives of the families in the book, just enough to understand the hardships and what each may have gone through to feed their families. Jane gives a great deal of attention to the areas surrounding 97 Orchard and the changing times.

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