Donna S. of Fiction/AV/Teen Services recommends 97 Orchard by Jane Ziegelman:
97 Orchard was a tenement on the lower east side of Manhattan where German, Irish, Southern Italian and Eastern European immigrant families lived. This is the story of five of the families who lived there from 1863 to 1935. Each family introduced their culture and food to their neighbors. It is through early nineteenth century sharing such as this that we now enjoy foods such as pasta, sauerkraut, challah (egg twist bread), knishes (potato pastry), dandelion and other wild salad greens, olives, beer, sausages, gnocchi (potato pasta), corned beef, pizzarelli and delicatessen. 97 Orchard by Jane Ziegelman is a compelling culinary history about the ethnic origins of many “American” foods.