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

About Julie Goucher

Genealogist, Author, Presenter, native Guildfordian, avid note taker and journal writer. Lover of Books, Stationery & History; Surnames, Butcher & Orlando One-Name Studies. Pharos Tutor for all One-Name Studies/surname courses as well as Researching Ancestors from Continental Europe.
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9 Responses to Cleveland’s West Side Market: 100 Years & Still Cooking by Laura Taxel, Marilou Suszko, Barney Taxel and Michael Symon

  1. Angela says:

    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.


  2. Fay says:

    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.


  3. Peggy says:

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


  4. JoAnn says:

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


  5. Betty Taylor says:

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



  6. Rebecca says:

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


  7. 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.


  8. caite says:

    If I ever get to Chicago..


  9. Beth F says:

    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.


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