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Eastchester Libraries Select 'Edible History' Book For 350th Anniversary

"97 Orchard" will be the first "One Book/One Community Reading Program" for Eastchester.
"97 Orchard" will be the first "One Book/One Community Reading Program" for Eastchester. Photo Credit: Eastchester Public Library

EASTCHESTER, N.Y. -- Eastchester's three libraries have selected the book, "97 Orchard: An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in One New York Tenement" to be the first "One Book/One Community Reading Program" for the town. It will serve as a “lead-up” to Eastchester’s 350th Anniversary Celebrations in 2014.

The book explores how five different immigrant groups brought their food passions to New York and managed the challenges of producing family meals in a Lower East Side tenement.

As Swadesh Pachnanda, Tuckahoe’s library director, explained in a release, “The project’s goals are to involve residents from middle schoolers to senior residents, from those who love cooking to those who simply love eating.”

“With the book as a touchstone, there are many possibilities for community engagement: discussion groups, ethnic eating experiences, recipe sharing, cooking lessons and trips to 97 Orchard Street (home of the Lower East Side Tenement Museum) and Ellis Island,” added Gabriella Radujko, Bronxville’s library director.

Eastchester’s 350th Anniversary will be celebrated with these common legacies throughout 2014, beginning with a lecture by "97 Orchard’s" author, Jane Ziegelman, on Jan. 26, 2014, at 3 p.m. at the Sommer Center for Worship and the Performing Arts at Concordia College.

Copies of the book may be borrowed from the Eastchester, Tuckahoe and Bronxville libraries. Some are available on Kobo and Kindle for large-print readability.

The steering committee of Eastchester 350 Anniversary, Inc., the organization overseeing the anniversary celebrations, welcomes volunteer participants in all of its programming and encourages those interested to contact the group here .

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