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August 31, 2017

In 1916 the Literary Digest, a popular magazine, reported that on the Lower East Side the newest “most popular viand” of the day was none other than the knish; “the succulent knish” as the New York Times called it.  

And who was the originator of this delectable fo...

August 20, 2017

In 1916 when the knish war heated up, when Benny and Solly’s fathers were cutting the knish prices one cent at a time, the penny was still worth something. As Ben Franklin put it…“A penny saved is a penny earned.”  

Or as my Grandpa would say as he put a few pennies in...

August 15, 2017

I thought I had exhausted all the stories about the historic knish war until yesterday, when I

turned up yet another publication, the Literary Digest in Volume 52, 1916, a popular weekly magazine, founded by Isaac Kaufmann Funk in 1890. Published by Funk & Wagnall...

August 12, 2017

Back in the day, when the New York Times wrote about the Knish War down on Rivington Street (Jan. 1916) the writer (not identified by name) questioned if the plural of knish is knishes or knishi…as in Hippopotamuses or Hippi.

It must have been confusing for up-towners t...

August 12, 2017

Every once in a while I run into someone who has yet to taste a knish...sad, but true.

"What is a knish?" they ask. Are there really words to explain? 

Let me share with you the words from The Mediator, a newspaper of the time that covered the Knish War in 1916 and...

August 4, 2017

I'm happy to share this joyful review. Horn Book's reviewer came up with a rhyme that I missed...a perfect description of the story: "A knish competisch..." 

"Benny’s family’s baked knishes sell like hotcakes on New York’s Lower East Side, but then the Tisches move in a...

August 3, 2017

I had the pleasure of interviewing Jon Davis, the illustrator of The Knish War on Rivington Street. That's his self-portrait to the left.

Since Jon lives across the pond and I'm in New York, we have not met, but I had the unusual experience of seeing his illustrations...

August 2, 2017

I searched everywhere for facts on how the knish war of 1916 ended, but I found no answer.  But a picture book needs an ending...enter the Mayor. Yes, I invented the ending but had the real mayor stepped in, he would have been the none other than John Purroy Mitchel wh...

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