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 also among the oldest municipally-owned and -operated retail food arcades and one of only a handful of such places left in the country. Going to the market is a tradition that has spanned generations and decades.
Cleveland’s West Side Market: 100 Years and Still Cooking 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. Readers will discover foods, traditions, and family rituals that were started and nurtured at the Market and enjoy humorous, touching, and sometimes bawdy stories of what it was like to grow up, grow old, and carve out a living at the Market. Many of the book’s stories and memories reveal personal family histories told for the first time. The volume is rich with many rare, and until now unpublished, vintage and contemporary photographs and images that provide a delightful armchair tour of this magnificent landmark, which is a must-see destination for food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 no matter where they live.