I love the cover. It's a photo taken by Joseph Byron depicting childen attending a New York school for household arts in 1888. This issue documents the Sixth Conference on Gastronomy, held in New York City. Very different from the previous confenece issue, Volume 2, No. 3
, this one is chock full of excellent essays on the history and culture of food in New York.
Standouts include "How New York is Fed," reprinted from Scriber's Monthly
October 1877. This article describes the ten public markets in New York, detailing how the food gets into the city and how people shop. The sections on slaughterhouses make a nice postcript to Sinclair's The Jungle
. I also love the great piece on the history of Italians and Italian food in New York.
In additon to the articles there is a great collection of historical photos by Joseph Byron that were selected by Meryle Evans. These photos bring to life historical times and places like Delmonico's kitchen, which I have only read about elsewhere.
As a former New Yorker, and someone who is somewhat food obsessed, I really love this issue. It is certainly one of my favorites. I highly recommend this one, particularly to people who are interested in New York History.