Beyond Hot Dogs & Deep Dish: A Compendium Of Chicago Food
In popular culture, Chicago’s culinary delights and food history often get boiled down to deep dish pizza, Italian beef and our seven-topping hot dog, but the city has always been a food mecca with nationally noteworthy restaurants, hidden hometown gems and food companies serving a neighborhood clientele (think Margie’s Candies) to the entire world (think the William J. Wrigley Company). A hefty new tome from the University of Illinois Press seeks to take a survey of Chicago’s foodways and culinary history from its earliest days to the present. The Chicago Food Encyclopedia includes entries on everything from the now-defunct supermarket chain Dominick’s Finer Foods to Ovaltine to Otto Schnering, the so-called “U.S. Candy Bar King.” Morning Shift talks with Carol Mighton Haddix and Colleen Taylor Sen, two food journalists who are co-editors of the encyclopedia.