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Cleveland's West Side Market

100 Years & Still Cooking

Laura Taxel & Marilou Suszko
Foreword by Michael Symon
with photography by Barney Taxel

Pages: 250; Size: 8.5" x 11"
Series: Ohio History and Culture
Imprint: Ringtaw Books

ISBN: 978-1-931968-94-2

Jacketed Hardcover, Price: $39.95

ISBN: 978-1-629220-20-8

Paperback, Price: $24.95

Cleveland's West Side Market is a matchless culinary and cultural resource, a nationally significant architectural treasure, and part of the city's distinctive urban landscape. In continuous use since it opened in 1912, the market is also among the oldest municipally-owned and -operated retail food arcades and one of only a handful of such places left in the country. Going to the market is a tradition that has spanned generations and decades.

Cleveland's West Side Market: 100 Years and Still Cooking chronicles the history of this notable landmark and all it offers consumers and culinary aficionados. Written by two well-known Cleveland food writers, the book takes readers on a nostalgic tour of the Market building, outdoor arcades, and into the lives of many vendors and Market families—who are the true foundation of this historic public space. Readers will discover foods, traditions, and family rituals that were started and nurtured at the Market and enjoy humorous, touching, and sometimes bawdy stories of what it was like to grow up, grow old, and carve out a living at the Market. Many of the book's stories and memories reveal personal family histories told for the first time. The volume is rich with many rare, and until now unpublished, vintage and contemporary photographs and images that provide a delightful armchair tour of this magnificent landmark, which is a must-see destination for food lovers no matter where they live.

About the authors

Laura Taxel

Laura Taxel is an award-winning journalist and author. Her work earned a favorable review in the New York Times when she was just twenty-one. Her most recent book, Cleveland’s West Side Market: 100 Years & Still Cooking, coauthored with Marilou Suszko, was published by the University of Akron Press in 2012. After more than forty years as a writer, she is still thrilled to be telling stories.

Other books by Laura Taxel

Marilou Suszko

Marilou Suszko is the author of two cookbooks: Farms & Foods of Ohio: From Garden Gate to Dinner Plate, and The Locavore's Kitchen. As a food writer, her work appears in local, regional and national publications. A culinary instructor and a frequent guest speaker, Marilou's career has revolved around food for more than twenty-five years but her most valuable experience comes from a lifetime of enjoying wonderful food.

Barney Taxel

Barney Taxel moved to Cleveland from New York City in 1967. He is an award-winning commercial and fine art photographer and a teacher of photography. His work is exhibited and reproduced frequently in regional publications and the New York Times. Taxel has several books to his credit, including Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens, Cleveland: Continuing the Renaissance, The Science of Music as Medicine, and Cleveland's West Side Market: 100 Years & Still Cooking.

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