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Book Review: The Bagel: The Surprising History of a Modest Bread by Maria Balinska

Maria Balinska's The Bagel: The Surprising History of a Modest Bread (buy at Amazon) reads less like a book on food history and more like a history of Jewish migration from Poland to America told from a very particular and not always convenient angle.
The tone is standard-issue pop culture: easy, approachable, accessible. It reads [...]

Review: Milk: The Surprising Story of Milk Through the Ages by Anne Mendelson

Here's something you need to know at the beginning: I am from Wisconsin. As such, much of Anne Mendelson's new book, Milk: The Surprising Story of Milk Through the Ages (buy at Amazon), was not new to me. Many of the basics in the book — the common types of milk cows*, the system by [...]

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