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Jack H. Prost

Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: The author is a professor of Physical Anthropology at the University of Chicago

Biography: Prost is an associate professor of anthropology at the Univesity of Illinois at Chicago and co-author of ''From the Jewish Heartland: Two Centuries of Midwest Foodways''. He has taught the anthropology of cuisine and food taboos and published papers on culinary history.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

Jack H. Prost on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

From the Jewish heartland :
ISBN: 0252036204 OCLC: 747529434

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.