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Detroit's Eastern Market

A Farmers Market Shopping and Cooking Guide, Third Edition

Lois Johnson and Margaret Thomas
Photographs by Bruce Harkness

Detroit, Food and Beverage, History, Urban Studies

Painted Turtle

Published: May 2016
ISBN: 9780814341599
Pages: 168 Size: 6 x 9
Illustrations: 50 color photos
Published: May 2016
ISBN: 9780814341605
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Since 1887, Detroit’s Eastern Market, the largest open-air market of its kind in the United States, has been home to an amazing community of farmers, merchants, and food lovers. Specialty shops, bakeries, spice companies, meat and poultry markets, restaurants, jazz cafés, old-time saloons, produce firms, gourmet shops, and cold-storage warehouses cover Eastern Market’s three square miles. Its many streets and vendors reflect the varied cultures and ethnicities that have shaped the city of Detroit.

In this third edition of Detroit’s Eastern Market, authors Lois Johnson and Margaret Thomas recount the history of the market with additional stories and personal accounts of families who have worked and shopped there for as many as four generations. The authors have updated store information and added new restaurants and businesses to their original listings, reflecting the changes and additions that have taken place in Eastern Market since the previous edition in 2005. Richly illustrated with all new photos, Detroit’s Eastern Market features more than a hundred pages of delightful recipes (including 17 new ones) from market retailers, farmers, chefs, and customers.

Published by: Painted Turtle

Lois Johnson is an obsessive cook, always planning a menu, and Eastern Market has been her grocery store for forty years. After experiencing the pleasures of open-air shopping all over France and utilizing the wonderful and oldest market in England at Norwich, where else in Detroit could she go but Eastern Market?

Margaret Thomas moved to Detroit from Florida in 1994 and quickly fell in love with Eastern Market. Although not an obsessive cook, she swoons at the sights and smells of a fine meal. Living in the market area, she shops there several days a week, calling a greeting to everyone in the market, most by name, often stopping to chat about their families. A city person through and through, she thrives on the color and ambiance the market exudes.

Bruce Harkness received his BFA in photography from the Center for Creative Studies in 1979 and his MFA in photography from Wayne State University in 1982. He is the recipient of numerous grants including a 1987 Creative Artists Grant from the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs and a 1978 Regional National Endowment for the Arts Grant.

The book offers a delightful, on-the-ground look at the people, foods, and businesses that make up the Eastern Market community. Bursting with evocative memories, colorful images and delectable recipes, it's the next best thing to being there on a market Saturday in Spring!

– Kami Pothukuchi, chair of the department of urban studies and planning at Wayne State University, and founding director of Sustainable Food Systems Education and Engagement in Detroit and Wayne State University (SEED Wayne)

I love the market! In the 13+ years we've been offering food and cultural tours in the market district, there is always more to experience, explore and enjoy. Johnson and Thomas bring to life the rich history, tastes, and flavors of the historic market. It's a wonderful read for lovers of the area and those interested in learning more, plus bonus pictures, shopping insights, and recipes.

– Linda Yellin, owner and guide of the Feet On the Street Tours in Eastern Market

This latest edition is essential to navigating the vital artery that is Eastern Market, which has grown by leaps and bounds in the past decade. Those who have the older editions will want to upgrade for the new recipes alone, such as Phil Rivera's famous banana ketchup, the perfect complement to Corridor Sausage's Vietnamese Chicken—my all-time favorite!

– Yao-Fen You, associate curator of European sculpture and decorative arts at the Detroit Institute of Arts

Watch for drool as you flip through Detroit’s Eastern Market: A Farmers Market Shopping and Cooking Guide.

Vibrant pictures of locally sourced produce accompany recipes hand-plucked from market vendors, giving readers an overwhelming urge to begin their next meal.

The guidebook brings the sights, sounds and smells of Detroit’s first open-air market to life through the work of authors Lois Johnson and Margaret Thomas.

– Kayla Smith, Great Lakes Echo

Anyone who has ever availed themselves of a local farmers market will enjoy browsing through the pages of this new and highly recommended edition of Detroit's Eastern Market: A Farmers Market Shopping and Cooking Guide!

– Midwest Book Review