One of the most distinctive current food trends is a return to carefully sourced and artfully produced products—“artisanal” is the byword. A few young purveyors have emerged who bring that ethos to products synonymous with Jewish food traditions.
Peretz Hirschbein (1880-1948), acclaimed novelist and playwright, had a passion for traveling. Across America is his 1918 chronicle of train travel that took him to big cities, small coal mining towns and fishing villages. This excerpt describes his impressions of New York.