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A Headstone, a Cookbook and a Nosh

Wednesday, December 31 7:00 PM

When an artist stumbled upon a century-old headstone on East 4th Street, New York Times journalist Sam Roberts knew that it had a story to tell. Roberts discovered that it was created for Hinde Amchanitski, an immigrant entrepreneur who authored America’s first Yiddish cookbook. For this event, Roberts joins Jane Ziegelman, author of 97 Orchard: An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in One New York Tenement, and the Tenement Museum’s Annie Polland to unravel the story of the headstone and what it tells us about Hinde and the immigrant housewives she wrote for. Alongside a delicious story, you can sample Hinde’s delicacies, like cranberry strudel—just in time for Thanksgiving.


This event is free, however you can reserve two seats with the purchase of one of our featured books:  97 Orchard: An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in One New York Tenement by Jane Ziegelman, or Grand Central: How a Train Station Transformed America by Sam Roberts. To purchase a book contact Laura Lee at or 212.431.0233 ext. 259.


Events take place at 103 Orchard Street at Delancey Street, unless otherwise noted. Seating is available on a first-come, first serve basis.
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