Tag Archives: Food

The Perils of Assimilation: How what we eat makes us American, for better or worse.

Sarah Lohman is an educator at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, a culinary historian, and author of the forthcoming book Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine, out December 6 from Simon & Schuster. She also writes the … Read more…

Traditions We Bake

Somehow, among the beloved sauerbraten (a German pot roast) and the latkes with meltingly soft home-made applesauce, the crackling roast duck, the braised red cabbage, and the jelly doughnuts that leave us licking jam from our fingers and wiping sugar from … Read more…

Keeping Kosher in 17th Century New York City

November 15th, 1660 was, by any means, a normal day in the small Dutch-controlled hamlet called Nieuw Amsterdam. People went about their business, shipping at the busy ports or farming in far-away villages like Haarlem or Breukelen. On this nondescript … Read more…

Hungry for History

We tell the stories of the extraordinary lives of ordinary Americans at the Tenement Museum, and part of any ordinary day in most New York apartments includes eating! Whether it’s cereal in front of the paper or a painstakingly prepared … Read more…

Home Cookin’ With Hinde

Every day at 97 Orchard Street, our educators stand in the tenement kitchens and explain how immigrant women managed their households, raised their children, cared for boarders and adapted their lives to a new city. Given all the work that was … Read more…

A Wild Goose Fat Chase

Next Wednesday, November 13th, is our latest Tenement Talk, “A Headstone, A Cookbook and A Nosh.” The topic of conversation this time is Hinde Amchanitski, an immigrant entrepreneur who authored America’s first Yiddish cookbook. Many of Hinde’s recipes are easily recreated today, but … Read more…

Yelling for an Egg: Filipino Food In Brooklyn

 This post was written by Sarah Lohman, and is one of a series that Sarah is writing as an Artist in Residence at BLDG92 in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Sarah works with museums and galleries around the city to create public programs focused on food, … Read more…

The Single Most Important Day of the Year – National Lasagna Day!

We’re a little confused as to why National Lasagna Day is in the hottest part of the summer, but that’s no reason to ever turn down a big piece of cheesy, meaty, pasta-y goodness! Lasagna, the near-euphoria inducing, oven baked … Read more…

June 18th is International Picnic Day!!

Isn’t this weather perfect out today? It’s a beautiful day for a picnic! Residents  of the… less green… parts of the city, including the Lower East Side, often didn’t and still don’t have a good deal of grass and trees … Read more…

Eleven Madison Park Visits the Tenement

Last Tuesday, the Tenement Museum hosted the sixth Culinary Conversation of the season. At this much anticipated sold out event, we offered visitors a glimpse behind the scenes of one of Manhattan’s most talked about restaurants – Eleven Madison Park. … Read more…