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From the Jewish HeartlandTwo Centuries of Midwest Foodways$
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Ellen F. Steinberg and Jack H. Prost

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780252036200

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252036200.001.0001

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Eastern European Jews in the Cities

Eastern European Jews in the Cities

(p.39) 3 Eastern European Jews in the Cities
From the Jewish Heartland

Ellen F. Steinberg

Jack H. Prost

University of Illinois Press

This chapter presents the author's account of their search for the author of a handwritten cookbook that they purchased on eBay. It was a standard composition notebook filled with more than one hundred recipes, sprinkled with a few comments, along with some mathematical figures scribbled in open spots. They discovered that the cookbook author was one Ruth Ginsburg of St. Louis. On September 21, 1913, she married Isadore F. Dunie who, at the time, had been residing in the rich mining town of Leadwood, Missouri. After the birth of two children, the Dunie family moved to Hillsboro, Illinois. Additional research into census, birth, death, cemetery records, and the Missouri History Museum stacks, produced both concrete and tangential information about Ruth. Born around 1893, she emigrated from Lithuania in 1903 with her mother, Jennie, and six siblings, at the time when Eastern European Jewish migration was at its height.

Keywords:   cookbooks, Jewish food, recipes, Ruth Ginsburg

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