A popular American-Jewish food staple is the bagel known for making its way across Europe into the culture's cuisine. Author and journalist Maria Balinska traces back the history of the bagel back to 17th-century Poland till now to analyze how it became such an important part of Jewish culture. These illustrations showcase some of that history in a colorfully visual format.
Balinska's findings show that bagels became part of Jewish food culture way back in the 9th century when the food was introduced at religious ceremonies. The illustrations showcase quirky graphics of the bagel from this time onward highlighting its transition to new flavors and styles as the bagel became popular in various locations. One key illustration explains the popular lox bagel showcasing the different ingredients such as smoked salmon and capers that are a staple to this meal.