Saturday, 23 February 2013

Cleveland's West Side Market: 100 Years & Still Cooking by Laura Taxel, Marilou Suszko, Barney Taxel and Michael Symon

Cleveland's West Side Market: 100 Years…
A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to review this delightful book. Sadly I had the e-book version as this would have been a delight to have read in the flesh.

The book has been thoroughly researched and explores the foundations from 1912 and growth of the market on Cleveland's west side.

It shares a combination of historical facts and memoirs from those who dedicated a whole lifetime to working within the confines of the market. It brought to life the "smell" of the market and how the internal organisation of such a market and how the business develops into becoming a local landscape and a professional business.

It provided information that some of the stalls within the market had started in those early days by immigrants and are now into a second or third generation ownership.

There is a good collection of old photographs and various comparisons with modern pictures.

This was a true delight to read and if I had ancestral connections to the area I would, without hesitation purchase the hardback book.

I was provided by a review copy of this book by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Taking part in Weekend Cooking hosted by BethfishReads


  1. Oh, thanks for the heads-up on this one. I wasn't aware of it. I love foodie books with old photos and some history.

  2. If I ever get to Chicago..

  3. You learn so much about a place by visiting food markets like this. I also seek them out when I travel. This looks like such an interesting book, particularly if you are from Cleveland.

  4. This looks like a beautiful book. There is so much history in many food markets. Thanks for sharing!
    Rebecca @ The Key to the Gate

  5. That sounds like a great book to read! Thanks for sharing!


  6. Sounds fascinating - I'll keep an eye out for it.

  7. Is this Cleveland Ohio? No your not in the States. It sounds good though. I was born in Ohio, not Cleveland though

  8. Anonymous2:45 am

    Julie, your old photos are for me an enjoyable part of following the blog. It seems like you were a good match for reviewing this book.

  9. What a great book, and your post couldn't have come at a better time. Unfortunately, the market suffered a fire at the end of January that devastated a number of vendors' businesses. Happily, according to their website, the market is now fully reopened as of February 18th.


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