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The Authentic History of Cincinnati Chili (American Palate) Paperback – April 16, 2013
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Cincinnatian Dann Woellert is a member of the Campbell County Historical Society, Norwood Ohio Historical Society and Taft Museum of Art. He gives tours for Architreks and the Cincinnati Preservation Association. He's published Cincinnati's Northside Neighborhood with Arcadia in 2009 and The History Press's Cincinnati's Turner Societies in 2012.
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We are provided with details such as what area of Macedonia each chili pioneer's ancestor lived in, where the pioneer lived in Cincinnati in each stage of his career (often down to the specific street address), and other extraneous facts. Furthermore, chapters (one for each chain) are not well integrated and so the same information is presented over and over in different contexts.
There are also some glaring errors. Woellert claims that Simon Leis was Cincinnati police chief (he was Hamilton County Sheriff), that violinist Conny Kiradjieff was conductor and music director of the Cincinnati Symphony orchestra (he never was), and that Communists invaded Greece in 1940 (it was the Italian fascists, followed by the Germans).
The writing is generally pretty good, although chili parlor owners are invariably described as "proud" and every business district is said to be "bustling". And then there is my favorite line in the book (p. 164). Discussing Pleasant Ridge Chili, Woellert tells us that "After passing away in 2010, Sideris's son, Dan, now runs the parlor." Nice trick!
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We are waiting for the revised edition.