Cleveland Food Memories

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Remember when food was local? Cleveland companies made it, and local people sold it and ran the restaurants where we ate it. Now, take a delicious trip into the past.

Food makes powerful memories. Mention Hough Bakery and see how quickly we Clevelanders start to drool over just the thought of those long-lost white cakes. This book collects the fondest memories of Clevelanders who still ache for treats from the past. There were Frostees in the Higbee’s basement. Popcorn balls at ...

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Overview

Remember when food was local? Cleveland companies made it, and local people sold it and ran the restaurants where we ate it. Now, take a delicious trip into the past.

Food makes powerful memories. Mention Hough Bakery and see how quickly we Clevelanders start to drool over just the thought of those long-lost white cakes. This book collects the fondest memories of Clevelanders who still ache for treats from the past. There were Frostees in the Higbee’s basement. Popcorn balls at Euclid Beach. Burgers at Manner’s or Mawby’s. Entertainment-filled nights at Alpine Village. Mustard at old Municipal Stadium . . . and so much more.

Richly illustrated.

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Editorial Reviews

Alliance Review
The reader smells those delicious aromas wafting from the New York Spaghetti House and the Orlando Baking Company, or works up a thirst thinking about smooth cream soda from the Coton Club Bottling & Canning Company . . .
Aurora Advocate
Full of memorable photos and interesting facts about restaurants and food products and producers from the ’30s to the ’60s. Nostalgia is rampant in this well-written volume, bringing back some of those “almost lost” memories . . . This delightful book takes you back to those good old days.
— Marianne Berzinskas
ClevelandSeniors.com
The book will definitely make your taste buds eager to relive some of the great experiences of the past . . . [It] triggered memories (cleaning the plate at Clarks so the kids could grab a toy from the Treasure Chest) in my family and will undoubtedly do the same in yours.
Currents
As comforting as a large piece of white-on-white cake topped with iced flowers from Hough Bakeries. Be prepared to be hungry, not only for your favorite foods, but for the special times from your childhood.
— Sali McSherry
Dayton Daily News Media Ctr.
For those of us who grew up in the city-chicken capital of the world, it is a smorgasbord of memories.
— D.L Stewart
Focus on Boomers and Beyon
If you long for the days before the ubiquitous chain restaurants staked out every corner, then this book is for you . . . anyone who appreciates good food will enjoy this nostalgic look at the great food that made Cleveland famous. But fair warning, this book will make you hungry.
— Betty Roderick
News Herald
You’ll eat up the chapters . . . Bellamy probes the food memories of all sorts of folks throughout the book . . . Richly illustrated with photos.
— Janet Podalak
Sun News
Takes readers on a nostalgic trip down the memory lane of Cleveland food . . . What emerges is a picture of food’s centrality to family, experience, and—not least of all—identity . . . While wistful nostalgia is the main ingredient in Bellamy’s book, it benefits from a liberal seasoning of interesting facts. Extensive sidebars and even more extensive photos from the past enhance the book . . . One of the tastier morsels to savor is the diverse food heritage Cleveland brings to the table.
The Plain Dealer
If a picture is worth a thousand words, Bellamy’s book brims with tens of thousands of memories . . . an absolute smorgasbord of “remember when” images. . . Endless images from older Clevelanders’ youths populate most of the space in Bellamy’s 112-page love song to things gustatory, Northeast Ohio style.
— Joe Crea
The Review
Bellamy uses short quotations from several contributors that should stimulate not only our appetites but stir up our own memories of comparable places.
— Thomas Harper
Twinsburg Sun
Bites off a big chunk, covering roughly the last 100 years of everything food in Greater Cleveland . . . While [the book is] certainly a look back, it also offers a way to contextualize Greater Cleveland’s current food scene and whet our appetitites for its future.
— Jarrod Zickefoose
WEOL AM Radio
I put on 10 pounds just reading it. A terrific book.
— Larry Wright
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781886228795
  • Publisher: Gray & Company, Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/31/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 381,396
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Gail Ghetia Bellamy is a Certified Culinary Professional with a Ph.D. in creative writing. The managing editor and food editor of Restaurant Hospitality magazine, she has also written about food for many local and national magazines and for America Online’s Food & Drink Network. She has lectured extensively on food trends and food writing throughout the U.S. and has contributed to several books about food, including Fodor’s/Wall Street Journal Guides to Business Travel in the U.S. and Canada and Bergh’s International Digest of Gastronomy, Cookery, and Wine. An accomplished poet, she is the author of the book Victual Reality: Food Poems. She is a native Clevelander.

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Table of Contents

Foreword: A Tour of Our Culinary Past

Welcome to “Northeat Ohio”

Dining Out:

Dining by the Decades

Cleveland’s Favorite Restaurants

Eatertainment

Counter Culture

Department Store Dining

Steaks of the Past: Big on Beef

Have Fork, Will Travel

Hot Food Comin’ Through: Working in Restaurants

Shopping:

Bringing It All Back Home: Retail Details

Deals on Wheels: Foods Delivered to the Door

The Sweet Stuff

Bread Alone

Made in Cleveland

Cooking and Eating at Home:

Through the Kitchen Door

Chilling Out and Heating Up

Food and Fellowship

Taste Yesterday Today: A Blast from Our Culinary Past

Acknowledgments

Sources

Photo Credits

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