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Gastropolis: Food and New York City (Arts and Traditions of the Table: Perspectives on Culinary History) by [Hauck-Lawson, Annie, Deutsch, Jonathan]
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" "Gastropolis" is a fun read, specifically for those who have watched their culture rise and blossom in this great variegated city." -- "Eats.com"

A veritable feast.--Sam Roberts"New York Times" (01/01/0001)

While New York may be the subject of more food writing than any other site in the United States, this volume will surprise, enchant, and enlighten. The collection shines.--Frederick Kaufman, author of "A Short History of the American Stomach"

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While New York may be the subject of more food writing than any other site in the United States, this volume will surprise, enchant, and enlighten. The collection shines. -- Frederick Kaufman, author of A Short History of the American Stomach Gastropolis is a fun read, specifically for those who have watched their culture rise and blossom in this great variegated city. Eats.com 12/3/08 A veritable feast. -- Sam Roberts New York Times 5/10/09

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  • Print Length: 369 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0231136536
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press; 1 edition (19 Dec. 2008)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0063FIIJQ
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A passionate literary celebration of New York City's smorgasbord of cuisines, "Gastropolis" is worthy of top billing on the bookshelves of anyone interested in reading about New York City's culinary history as told by a most capable group of writers. Edited by the likes of professional chef and food studies professor Jonathan Deutsch and food and nutrition professor Annie Hauck-Lawson, "Gastropolis" is part memoir, part history, and part travelogue amidst global ethnic cuisines that have found a home here in New York City, America's most internationally-oriented city. "Gastropolis" is divided into four parts: "Places", "People", "Trade", and "Symbols", which incorporate everything from culinary history to memoir and iconographic celebrations of New York culinary staples such as bagels.

"Places" traces New York's culinary history from the perspectives of anthropology and memoir. Anne Mendelson traces the roots of that history from the perspective of the region's earliest known inhabitant, the Algonquin Lenapes. Andrew Smith follows with a terse, informative, and intriguing account, noting how New York City cuisine was transformed from its earliest Dutch and British settlers to those of later arrivals, most notably, German Jews, by the middle 19th Century, until, by the time of the creation of greater New York City in 1898, the city had become a culinary metropolis whose tastes reflected that of the entire globe. Nan Rothschild describes archaeological studies of 18th and 19th Century New York, providing a more extensive look at the food that was grown locally and eaten by Manhattan's residents.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The NY Food Voice as Finely Pitched Opera 4 Jan. 2010
By Pam Warren's Picks - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
If you have any opinion at all about food...and about cultural life connected to food, then you have a food voice. This well written and creatively constructed collection of cultural food stories from many of our real-life, die-hard foodies tells the story of NY's food history from the very earliest times and picks-up speed quickly into the 21st century. This retrospective of NY's past foodways is truly enlightening and the stories about NY's multicultural foods and family-run businesses are not to be missed. As I said, the food voice in this book is like finely pitched opera as it starts out slowly with fascinating tones and reaches many highs...enough to have your food voice singing as you read. You'll love it for the stories behind the foods you eat and know well, and you'll be fascinated by all the things you didn't know about them as well.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Veritable Feast for the Senses and the Soul: An Eclectic Culinary History of New York City 12 May 2011
By John Kwok - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A passionate literary celebration of New York City's smorgasbord of cuisines, "Gastropolis" is worthy of top billing on the bookshelves of anyone interested in reading about New York City's culinary history as told by a most capable group of writers. Edited by the likes of professional chef and food studies professor Jonathan Deutsch and food and nutrition professor Annie Hauck-Lawson, "Gastropolis" is part memoir, part history, and part travelogue amidst global ethnic cuisines that have found a home here in New York City, America's most internationally-oriented city. "Gastropolis" is divided into four parts: "Places", "People", "Trade", and "Symbols", which incorporate everything from culinary history to memoir and iconographic celebrations of New York culinary staples such as bagels.

"Places" traces New York's culinary history from the perspectives of anthropology and memoir. Anne Mendelson traces the roots of that history from the perspective of the region's earliest known inhabitant, the Algonquin Lenapes. Andrew Smith follows with a terse, informative, and intriguing account, noting how New York City cuisine was transformed from its earliest Dutch and British settlers to those of later arrivals, most notably, German Jews, by the middle 19th Century, until, by the time of the creation of greater New York City in 1898, the city had become a culinary metropolis whose tastes reflected that of the entire globe. Nan Rothschild describes archaeological studies of 18th and 19th Century New York, providing a more extensive look at the food that was grown locally and eaten by Manhattan's residents. And then finally, in a unique, quite personal, voice, Annie Hauck-Lawson describes her almost idyllic childhood with her parents, among the first New York City urban dwellers to raise vegetables in their Park Slope brownstone backyard.

"People" explores the astonishingly vast variety of Asian cuisines present in New York, a brief overview of New York City Afro-American cuisine, and the current enthusiasm for avant-garde cuisine. Martin Manalasan takes us on a riveting excursion through Queens following the route of the Flushing "7" subway line, making brief "stops" along the way to discuss Filipino cuisine, pan-East Asian cuisine in Flushing, and Jackson Height's Little India. Jessica Harris offers a heartfelt, quite personal, memoir of her Afro-American culinary youth that is, along with Annie Hauck-Lawson's account, among the finest instances of memoir and self-reflection collected in this volume. Fabio Parasecoli's overview of the current trends in New York City avant-garde cuisine is yet another riveting account, and one more fascinating than what I see all too often in the culinary reviews of some of New York's most notable magazines and news weeklies. Last, but not least, Harley Spiller traces the rise of Chinese cuisine in New York City, especially in Manhattan's historic Chinatown, and in the "satellites" that have taken root in Brooklyn.

In the remaining sections of "Trade" and "Symbols", one of the finest contributions is yet another memoir courtesy of Mark Russ Federman of his family's specialty food store, Russ & Daughters, a Lower East Side legend still notable for its fish. While Federman's account is truly a most memorable valentine to his family's business, Annie Rachelle Lanziletto's own personal recollection of her life-long love of Italian cuisine is by far the most hilarious.

One could find other, more extensive, and most likely, more pedantic culinary histories of the Big Apple. However, "Gastropolis" is a most unique contribution to it, and one that truly excels on every page. Without a doubt, its editors have crafted an enduring example of New York culinary history worthy of remembrance.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Food Studies-New York Style 19 Jan. 2009
By Lynn Hoffman, author:Radiation Days: A Comedy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The editors of this volume begin by telling us that "New Yorkers have formed relationships with food that have helped shape the identity of their great city." You might find this statement unexceptionable: isn't it true of every city that its characteristic foods are part of its identity?
You would be right in saying that, but it's the nature and extent of New York's connection that is, as far as I know, unique. In New York, the food traditions of dozens of people wash up on the shore to be tasted by every citizen. Part of the mark of being a 'real' New Yorker is that you know, and have definite and unshakeable opinions about several ethnic cuisines. A real New Yorker can tell you where to find the best soup dumplings and also the best quesadilla. He probably has an allegiance to at least one fresh mozzarella maker and one sushisei. To be a New York foodie, the senza qua niente is that you have to be broad and deep.
This thoughtful collection has a judicious balance of reminiscence and cultural-study, a mix of first-person and footnote. You should read it, you'll sound like a New Yorker.

Lynn Hoffman, author of bang BANG
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Prism of New York Spice 7 Aug. 2014
By Annie Lanzillotto author of L is for Lion - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A trip through New York City, old and new. From Lenape to Fusion cuisine.

You can read this book like a guidebook on neighborhoods and NYC food history.
You will hear New York voices shout of food.
This is a NYC prism of ethnicity and spices from the woman who coined the phrase "food voice" -- Annie Hauck Lawson, and her brilliant co-editor chef Jonathan Deutsch.

Read each luscious voice of every chapter and visit each neighborhood in every borough and eat and sing.

Today's visitors to New York City search for authentic New York amidst a barrage of superstores they see in their hometowns. Where is New York? Certainly within these pages. From Lenape Indians on... food culture has taken place on our blessed island - here it is expertly told. And lively. Over 300 pages, with some photos. This book makes the greatest gift for foodies and lovers of NYC.

forever,
Annie

Annie Lanzillotto
author of "L is for Lion: an italian bronx butch freedom memoir" SUNY Press
and "Schistsong" BORDIGHERA Press

www.annielanzillotto.com

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5.0 out of 5 stars The subtitle says it perfectly 16 Jan. 2016
By Karl F. Riemer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Let me put it simply: all information is valuable but not all all information is equally interesting to all people. The information in this book is cogent, coherent and collimated. To anyone interested in the city, or food, or both, it will be fascinating and gratifying. Otherwise, probably not. It's a ratatouille of personal experiences, emphasizing that NYC is big, but it's made of distinct individuals, each with a story. There's no better way to see the vast variety, breadth, depth and synthesis of the city than by listening to people, one at a time, talk about what they care about. The book manages to see a huge field of view, with extraordinary resolution. I love it.
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