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Publisher's Summary

This charming book recounts the remarkable journey of the bagel from the tables of 17th-century Poland to the freezers of middle America today. The story is one of surprising connections between an unassuming ring-shaped roll and centuries of Polish, Jewish, and American history.

©2008 Yale University Press (P)2008 Yale University Press

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"The book, thought-provoking and fact-filled, is one that also uses the bagel as a way of viewing Polish-Jewish history." (The New York Times)

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Bagel Story

A short book for bagel lovers and those interested in understanding how Jewish history and the bagel are intertwined. My bagel consumption has increased with my knowledge of both my people's history and my families staple brunch food. Not a wonderful book in terms of scale, sweep, or narrative alacrity. But the best bagel book I know about - which makes it worth reading for that reason alone.

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