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Bialy Eaters

Barry Kaufman | Sep 29, 2000 06:29 PM

I just finished reading Mimi Sheraton's The Bialy Eaters: The Story of a Bread and Lost World.The Bialy is the other New York Jewish Bread - a chewey crusty roll with a indentation, not a hole like a bagel, filled with toasted onions and poppy seeds. The Bialy Eaters is the story of Ms Sheraton's search for the origins of the this marvelous bread first baked in the Polish town of Biaystok. It is a story of a town that once had fifty thousand Jews and by the end of the Nazi Holocaust only five thousand remained. A must read for all who chrish the meaning of bread and the human spirit. Mimi Shelton is a former New Times critic and author of The Whole World Loves Chicken Soup which won the Julia Child and James Beard Award.

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