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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Ellen FitzSimmons Steinberg, PhD  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction

Born: in Chicago, Illinois

-- Ellen FitzSimmons Steinberg, PhD on WorldCat --

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Illinois Connection

Steinberg was born and raised in Chicago. She currently resides in River Forest, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Ellen Steinberg is an anthropological researcher and writer. She teaches as a visiting professor at local colleges, is a past president of Yonah Hadassah, and is vice-president and Chicago-area chair of the Society of Woman Geographers. She lectures and publishes papers on clulinary history.

Published Works

  • Teach Me: An Ethnography of Adolescent Learning, International Scholars Publications , 1999
  • Irma: A Chicago Woman's Story, 1871-1966, University of Iowa Press , 2004
  • Learning to Cook in 1898: A Chicago Culinary Memoir, Wayne State University Press, 2007
  • From the Jewish Heartland: Two Centuries of Midwest Foodways, University of Illinois Press, 2011 - written with Jack H. Prost

Selected Titles At Your Library

Teach me :
ISBN: 1573094005. OCLC Number:

International Scholars Publications,. Lanham, Md. :. ©1999.

Irma :
ISBN: 0877458944. OCLC Number:

University of Iowa Press,. Iowa City :. ©2004.

Learning to cook in 1898 :
ISBN: 0814333648. OCLC Number:

Wayne State University Press,. Detroit :. ©2007.

From the Jewish heartland :
ISBN: 0252036204. OCLC Number:

University of Illinois Press,. Urbana, IL :. ©2011.

Traces the origins of Jewish cookery in the Midwest, from pioneers to Sephardic and Ashkenazic settlers, and from cities to farmlands. Surveying handwritten personal cookbooks, community archives, anecdotes, The Chicago Tribune and other sources, they reinforce food as ancestral memory and evidence of ingenuity. Extensive comparisons of recipes serve as clues toward generational and cultural shifts as well as adaptations to regional supplies and privations. A specialized resource for scholars of Judaica and food-devotees alike, the book presents classics such as gefilte and matzos alongside lesser-known dishes. It is a sometimes nostalgic look at preserving authenticity while embracing creativity.

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

Some of the authors topics include:

  • German-Jews in 19th Century Chicago

  • 19th Century Chicago Cuisine

  • Minority Adolescents: Teaching and Learning

  • The Domestic Science Movement in the Late 19th and Early 20th Century