Cleveland’s West Side Market: 100 Years and Still Cooking


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Cleveland’s West Side Market is a matchless culinary and cultural resource, a nationally significant architectural treasure, and part of the city’s distinctive urban landscape. In continuous use since it opened in 1912, the market is among the oldest municipally owned and operated retail food arcades and one of only a handful of such places left in the country. The book chronicles the history of this notable landmark and all it offers consumers and culinary aficionados. Written by two well-known Cleveland food writers, the book takes readers on a nostalgic tour of the market building, outdoor arcades, and into the lives of many vendors and market families who are the true foundation of this historic public space. The volume is rich with many rare, and until now unpublished, vintage and contemporary photographs, and images that provide a delightful armchair tour of this magnificent landmark, which is a must-see destination for food lovers.

Hardcover; 244 pages

About the Author
Laura Taxel is the author of Cleveland Ethnic Eats, now in its eighth edition. Her articles have appeared in local, regional, and national publications and on a variety of websites. She has won numerous journalism awards from The Press Club of Cleveland, the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists, and Les Dames D’Escoffier’s MFK Fisher competition. Marilou Suszko is the author of two cookbooks: Farms & Foods of Ohio: From Garden Gate to Dinner Plate, and The Locavore’s Kitchen. As a food writer, her work appears in local, regional, and national publications. A culinary instructor and a frequent guest speaker, her career has revolved around food for more than twenty-five years. Barney Taxel is a full-time commercial and fine art photographer whose documentary and advertising photography appears frequently in magazines and newspapers worldwide. Chef Michael Symon grew up in a Greek and Sicilian family. The Cleveland native creates boldly flavored, deeply satisfying dishes at his four restaurants in America’s heartland.


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