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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Sellers Publishing Inc (October 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416206094
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416206095
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #345,129 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Bellman's (America's Great Delis) bittersweet celebration of Italian-American communities in the U.S. charts the roots and endurance of Italian-American traditions. With the starry-eyed enthusiasm of an outsider, Bellman surveys the immigrant experience during distinct waves in the 19th and early 20th centuries; spotlights Italian-Americans in industry, politics, and entertainment; and notes regional differences and the ways they influenced settlement. In chapters devoted to 15 Italian-American enclaves--including Manhattan's Little Italy, Boston's North End, San Francisco's North Beach, and Cleveland's Murray Hill--Bellman profiles family-owned restaurants, cafes, markets, and bakeries that have survived integration with more recent immigrants and urban renewal. Bellman provides archival photographs of streets, storefronts, company logos, advertisements, postcards, and menus. Anchoring Bellman's identification of the Italian-American experience with food are signature recipes from such famed establishments as Umberto's Clam House in New York (lobster fra diavolo), Caffé Vittoria in Boston (espresso martini), Frank Pepe Pizzeria in New Haven, Conn. (white clam pizza), Antoine's Restaurant in New Orleans (caramel custard), and Tony Nitti's Bar-B-Que in Chicago (wedding soup with tiny meatballs). Although the fate of America's Little Italys is insecure, this trove preserves their legacies. (Nov.)
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An incredible time line of Italian cooking and culture runs from 6000 B.C.E. to the present, including maps, illustrations, and photographs. Bellman (America s Great Delis: Recipes and Traditions from Coast to Coast) profiles restaurants in New York City, Boston, Chicago, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Providence, Cleveland, New Orleans, San Francisco, St. Louis, and San Diego, offering a brief history of the restaurant, photographs (current and historical), and recipes. ... Recommended for areas with thriving Little Italys and readers with a penchant for culinary travel and exploration. --Library Journal

Bellman's (America's Great Delis) bittersweet celebration of Italian-American communities in the U.S. charts the roots and endurance of Italian-American traditions. Bellman surveys the immigrant experience during distinct waves in the 19th and early 20th centuries; spotlights Italian-Americans in industry, politics, and entertainment; and notes regional differences and the ways they influenced settlement... In chapters devoted to 15 Italian-American enclaves, Bellman profiles family-owned restaurants, cafes, markets, and bakeries... Anchoring Bellman's identification of the Italian-American experience with food are signature recipes from famed establishments. Although the fate of America's Little Italys is insecure, this trove preserves their legacies. --PW Weekly

This book is about so much more than recipes and traditions! The perfect gift for anyone who has ever had a favorite pizza parlor or spumoni counter or capocollo provender, America's Little Italys is bound to elicit heartwarming memories and culinary daydreams. --InItaly.com

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BIOGRAPHY

Sheryll Bellman is the author of three books on cultural history. Through the Shopping Glass-A Century of New York Christmas Windows (Rizzoli, 2000), America's Great Delis-Recipes and Traditions from Coast to Coast (Collector's Press, 2005 and revised by Seller's Publications 2010) and America's Little Italys--Recipes and Traditions From Coast to Coast (Seller's Publications 2011).
Ms. Bellman has been a guest on NPR, WOR, WHYY, WNYC, The Chef's Table, The Phil Blazer Show, Cooking with Jackie and the Gary Butler Show on XM radio. Ms. Bellman was featured for 2 years on The Jane Hansen Holiday Windows Show on NBC in New York City, Good Morning Baltimore, the ABC Early Morning Show and just recently was a guest on Good Day NY on Fox 5 in New York. She was featured in Cindy Adams' column in the NY Post and articles about her books have been featured in the NY Times, NY Daily News, Time Magazine, World Jewish Digest, Jewish Women's Magazine, The Foreword, The Jewish Star, Hadassah Magazine, Jewish World, Dance Review Magazine, The El Paso Times, The Baltimore Sun, and San Diego Jewish Magazine where her first book was chosen as one of the best books of 2001. She has written articles for USA Today, The Hadassah Magazine, Jewish World Magazine, The Detroit Jewish News and Natural Health Magazine as well as having many over the phone interviews for small publications and web sites. America's Great Delis was nominated for the James Beard Foundation Award for 2006. She also had numerous book signings for both books around the country and was the guest author in 2001 on the Christmas sailing on the QE11. She was a guest lecturer at the Princeton Club for Through the Shopping Glass and spent two seasons on the Jewish Book Council tour circuit having lectured at Jewish Book Fairs in Hartford, New Haven, Columbus, Sarasota, Pasadena, West Hampton Beach, NY, The American Jewish University in Los Angeles and The Ocean County Library in New Jersey. Her book was featured on the Food Network show, The Secret Life of Delis.
She was a finalist for The Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Award in the 2010 cookbook division for her book America's Little Italys.
In 1994, she conceived of and published a children's educational video with the premise of constructing a play house-from a dream to reality, winning the prestigious Dove Award for excellence.
Ms. Bellman holds a BS in Microbiology from the University of Arizona and has done graduate work towards a PhD in Immunology from Wayne State University. History, food and design have always been of interest to her, and writing about cultural history and food was a perfect niche.
Ms. Bellman has three children and five grandsons and lives with her husband of 44 years in New York City and Newtown, Connecticut.

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I ordered this book for a dear Italian friend for next Christmas.
Hagar
A defining book on Italian America and its food ... Beautiful pictures, great stories, recipes and pictures.
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History buffs and cooks who enjoy Italian food will like this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Books and Chocolate TOP 500 REVIEWER on December 29, 2010
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This is part history book and part cookbook, telling the story in words and photos of Italian immigration to America and the establishment of "little Italy" neighborhoods, highlighting the history of 51 restaurants, bakeries, and markets from 14 cities that reflect Italian culture and cuisine. Recipes from the restaurants are included, from main dishes to breads to desserts.

I thought this was an interesting book even though I'm not Italian, and I found several good recipes to try including Chicken Parmesan from Alleva Dairy in New York City, and a pizza dough recipe from Tony Nitti's Bar-B-Que in Chicago. History buffs and cooks who enjoy Italian food will like this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Hagar on March 25, 2012
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I ordered this book for a dear Italian friend for next Christmas. I may read it all before then- and I may want to keep it for myself. The recipes alone look amazing. Someone went to a lot of trouble to research the rich Italian history of this nation. I hope my friend will enjoy it as much as I have.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MarieSt.Pierre on January 11, 2011
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My Sicilian father seemed very pleased with this book as a Christmas gift. It's a stroll down memory lane for him (NYC's Little Italy and the Bronx) and a peek at some places he's never been, but can relate to. My only comment would be that there could be more pictures and it would be nice in a hard cover (like a "coffee table" book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mainecoon on December 21, 2012
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Nice book, lots of great pictures, but is VERY heavy on NYC and the boroughs. Cleveland's Little Italy (very famous) merrited one recipe and info on one restaurant only. Same with Baltimore and other cities. I would say New York was approx 85% or more of the book. The writer lives in NY, so I understand the heaviness of that section, but there are a lot of little Italy's out there....even Chicago was only a couple pages.
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The best idea on buying a cook book to live with, is to get the recipes put together who really come from the area
of the Recipe. . Boy does that help in time and doing the recipe right with all the side remarks. I must confess however that the Little Italy's around the world succeed to the fullest. . My only problem is that with about 200
Italian Recipes, I have not had time to try these recipes out. . I will give my rating when I have time to open up the book and try the recipes. .

Renee Evers
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By Sandy Kring on November 29, 2013
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Love cookbooks that include stories . This book dealers the best of both worlds. Takes you back to the beginning and nature of the neighborhood.
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