Jane Ziegelman on Food and the American Story

97 Orchard, by Jane Ziegelman, tells the story of five immigrant families living on Manhattan's Lower East Side at the turn of the twentieth century. The stories of these Irish, Italian, German and Jewish families emerge through the food they cooked and the struggles they faced. Ziegelman chatted with Moment about American food, Jewish food and the place of immigrants in the American story. What was the inspiration for 97 Orchard? The inspiration was the tenement itself. A while back, when I was a graduate student at NYU studying urban anthropology, I heard that this new museum was opening on the Lower East Side devoted to America’s urban pioneers, immigrants who settled in tenement districts on the Lower East Side. I worked as a volunteer collecting oral histories from former tenement dwellers. They needed people to go...

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Moment Magazine Announces Winners of 2010 Moment Magazine Emerging Writer Awards

Moment Magazine is pleased to announce that Nadia Kalman, author of The Cosmopolitans, and Jane Ziegelman, author of 97 Orchard, have won the Moment Magazine 2010 Emerging Writer Awards. Founded in 2004, the awards recognize talented writers who have published at least one book and whose work confronts themes of interest to Jewish readers. Nadia Kalman won the fiction award for her book, The Cosmopolitans, which highlights the experience of Russian-Jewish parents and their Americanized children adjusting to a new way of life in Stamford, Connecticut. “In my novel, Russian-Jewish immigrants struggle to reconcile their origins and their present circumstances, and discover the many ways they become, and fail to become, true cosmopolitans,” says Kalman. “Moment—in its independence, its openness, and its commitment to empathy—is cosmopolitan in the best sense of the word. To receive this...

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