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Tastes of Liberty--A Celebration of Our Great Ethnic Cooking (Stewart, Tabori & Chang: minimum $20 contribution, 256 pp., illustrated).

December 22, 1985|MINNIE BERNARDINO

The book takes you back in time between 1892 and 1924 when millions of immigrants landed on Ellis Island to begin their new life in America. Offered by Chateau Ste. Michelle, Washington state's pioneer wine producer and founding sponsor of the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, this is a beautiful working cookbook as well as coffee table history book. It focuses on the history of nine immigrant groups (from Italy, Germany, Greece, Great Britain, Eastern Europe, Iberia, Israel, Scandinavia and France) and the recipes, food and wine culture they brought with them.

Recipes are classic representations of each ethnic group, and the great selection makes it a timeless compilation to keep. Easy to follow, many of the recipes are presented in lavish full-page and full-spread photos, looking absolutely scrumptious. Other illustrations include black and white historic originals from Ellis Island and 90 interesting color photos of ethnic food establishments.

Tastes of Liberty is not offered in bookstores. Chateau St. Michelle will send it free to anyone making a minimum $20 contribution to the restoration efforts to this address: Liberty Centennial Fund, P.O. Box 4115, New York, NY, 10163.

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