The Bagel: The Surprising History of a Modest Bread by Ms. Maria Balinska PDF

By Ms. Maria Balinska

If smoked salmon and cream cheese convey just one factor to brain, you could count number your self one of the world’s hundreds of thousands of bagel experts. yet few individuals are conscious of the bagel’s provenance, not to mention its adventuresome background. This captivating e-book tells the outstanding tale of the bagel’s trip from the tables of seventeenth-century Poland to the freezers of center the US this present day, a narrative of frequently spectacular connections among an inexpensive market-day snack and centuries of Polish, Jewish, and American history.


Research in overseas information and various own interviews discover the bagel’s hyperlinks with the defeat of the Turks through Polish King Jan Sobieski in 1683, the Yiddish cultural revival of the overdue 19th century, and Jewish migration around the Atlantic to the USA. There the tale strikes from the bakeries of latest York’s decrease East aspect to the Bagel Bakers’ neighborhood 388 Union of the Sixties, and the attentions of the mob. For all its modest measurement, the bagel has controlled to bridge cultural gaps, rescue kings from obscurity, cost the feelings, and problem obtained knowledge. Maria Balinska weaves jointly a wealthy, quirky, and evocative heritage of East eu Jewry and the unassuming ring-shaped roll the area has taken to its heart.


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