Readers of Higher Peninsula historical past have come to know and respect Russell Magnaghi’s signature.
And why not? The Northern Michigan College historical past professor emeritus has written a number of UP-related volumes through the years, his newest being “Basic Meals and Eating places of the Higher Peninsula”
“I got here to Marquette in 1969 to show at NMU. Realizing the dominant nationality represented within the area, certainly one of my first questions was: ‘The place is the most effective Finnish restaurant?’ My roommate on the time, who was a Pelkie native, replied, ‘Finnish eating places do not exist right here as a result of Finns solely eat fish and white meals.'” Magnaghi mentioned in an NMU assertion concerning the ebook. “My seek for the meals heritage of the area started at the moment, as all of us have a gastronomic story to inform.”
Magnaghi explores the origins of the enduring UP trio: pasty, cudighi and fudge.
Basic eating places featured within the ebook vary from Clyde’s Drive-In places to cut suey cafes that capitalized on a nationwide craze and had been scattered all through the UP.
The Home of Ludington in Escanaba, which opened within the 1860s as the most important lodge north of Milwaukee, is among the wonderful eating institutions referenced within the ebook, which was printed in Might.
“The underside line is that the Higher Peninsula has a particular meals tradition that’s price sharing and celebrating.” mentioned Magnaghi, who mentioned he accomplished the venture in the course of the pandemic. “It might not be as diverse as you discover within the main cities, however being based mostly on indigenous meals that had been available within the forests and waters, it’s uniquely UP”
We strongly encourage readers to go looking and discover the ebook. Feels like an amazing weekend learn.
— The Mining Journal, Marquette