Historical Facts

"Why, I can dream away a half-hour on the immortal flavor of those thick cheese cakes we used to have on a Saturday night . . . I am no cook, so I cannot tell you how to make such cake. I might borrow the recipe from my mother, but I would rather you should take my word for the excellence of Polotzk cheese cakes . . . "

Mary Antin, The Promised Land, 1912

The cheesecake Mary Antin describes was most likely a pressed cottage- or farmer-cheese cake with a yeast dough or perhaps a short crust. A decade or so after Ms. Antin wrote this nostalgic description of cheesecake from her native Russia, Fannie Ferber Fox, who lived in Boston in the 1920s, gave a recipe for a cottage-cheese cheesecake in her Fannie Fox's Cook Book. Although not a Jewish cookbook per se, there are many German-Jewish recipes in it. In the Foreword her sister Edna Ferber wrote, "Some of the recipes herein are culled from the finest of the Jewish cookery, which for delicacy and flavor, cannot be excelled." The same recipe appeared in the 1930 edition of The Settlement Cook Book.

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