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Hollywood cocktails
Steed, Tobias.
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Publication Information:
Minocqua, Wis. : Willow Creek Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
128 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
Originally published: London : Mitchell Beazley, 1999.

Includes index.
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TX951 .S74 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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All immigrants face the same basic challenge: how to preserve their heritage and at the same time become American. The specifics and intensity of the dilemma change for the descendants of immigrants, but the essential issue remains the same. Becoming American, Remaining Jewish traces the development of Wilmington, Delaware's first Jewish community in order to understand what the Jews created and why, what values were reflected in the institutions they established and the causes they advocated, and what changed over the years. Readers concerned about questions of identity and community today will find much stimulating material in this fascinating story. Wilmington's first permanent Jewish community began as a collection of less than one hundred Jews in 1879 and grew to a community of over four thousand people by the early 1920s when the immigration laws changed, and the growth slowed down. Although it began later than Jewish communities in the other original colonies and never grew to the size or status of the communities in neighboring Philadelphia and Baltimore, by 1918 Wilmington's Jewish community was recognized nationwide as an exemplary community, a model of how Jews in America could maintain their heritage while working closely with the broader community to achieve great heights. The book traces the development of the community decade by decade. Stories about synagogues, institutions to help immigrants, community efforts to assist Jews in Russia and Palestine, and the people who were active in all the work are developed simultaneously so that the primary interests of the community and the effect of interaction become clear. Biographical information about individuals is integrated with stories of communal institutions in order to emphasize the connections between individuals' needs and the organizations they formed. The integrated approach is meant to emphasize the fact that people make things happen. Events in Wilmington are discussed within the framework of what was happening in America and throughout the world with particular attention to the changing attitudes toward immigrants and the fateful march toward the restriction of immigration. The appendix, which contains the names of more than two thousand adult Jews who lived in Wilmington between 1879 and 1920, is the most comprehensive list of early Jewish Wilmingtonians ever published. With its information on country of birth and first occupation, the list is a valuable resource for historians and genealogists.

Author Notes

Tobias Steed's interest in film began when he became a run-on extra in Charley's Aunt starring Danny la Rue. Since then his avid interest in Hollywood classics and frequent discourses over dinner and a cocktail or two, have culminated in this book, which unites his two loves -- the cocktail and the Hollywood matinee idol. Steed is also a contributor to The Sunday Times 1000 Makers of the Cinema, published by Thames and Hudson.
Ben Reed is manager of the Met Bar in London and was the 1997 Cocktail Barman of the Year. He writes a regular column for The Times magazine, has appeared on television and is in demand internationally for his mixing expertise.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 6
Cocktail Etiquettep. 8
After Office Hours: The Cocktail Hourp. 15
Dinner at Eight: Aperitifs and Digestifsp. 39
From Here to Eternity: Drinks for All Occasionsp. 83
Remember Last Night: Drinks for the Day After the Night Beforep. 111
Index of Films and Film Starsp. 122
Index of Cocktailsp. 124
Index of Cocktails by Ingredientp. 125
Picture Credits and Acknowledgementsp. 127