Akron Family Recipes: History and Traditions from Sauerkraut Balls to Sweet Potato Pie

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From the city’s founding in 1825 through the years following World War II, numerous ethnic and cultural groups made Akron home. With each new arrival, the city’s food changed and deepened to delicious effect. Polish immigrants brought pierogi to the area, and Jews introduced Old World favorites like kugel and hamantaschen. African Americans seeking a better life in the North enriched the Akron palate with the unique and southern-inspired dishes of their ancestors. Last but not least, there is the sauerkraut ball, Akron’s official food and favorite snack served at local restaurants, cocktail parties, holiday celebrations and game day gatherings. Compiling more than one hundred family recipes, author Judy Orr James serves up a history of home cooking in the Rubber City.
ISBN: 9781467152563
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Ohio
Series: American Palate
Images: 43
Pages: 256
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
A lifetime resident of Akron, Judy Orr James traces her Summit County roots to the early 1800s, when her German immigrant ancestors settled in what is now Coventry Township. She is a graduate of Kent State University’s School of Library and Information Science and the National Archives Modern Archives Institute. Judy retired from the Akron–Summit County Public Library after serving for more than thirty-five years as a reference librarian and manager of Special Collections, the library’s local history and genealogy department. Her love of local history, family history and food was the inspiration for this book. She and her husband, Jeff, live in the heart of Akron in a neighborhood that was once home to many of Akron’s early Irish immigrants.
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