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The Ellis Island Immigrant Cookbook by Tom Bernardin



The 31st Anniversary Edition of The Ellis Island Immigrant Cookbook is now available. Hailed as "One of the year's more engaging cookbooks..." by the New York Times, the book has sold well over 100,000 copies.

The 268-page spiral-bound book contains recipes from thirty-five countries. Mr. Bernardin's goal was to tell the Ellis Island immigrant story from the often-lost recipes our forbearers would have been most anxious to make in their new American kitchens. Foods and smells that would remind them of the home they left behind: Everyday hearty meals but also special foods made on holidays to keep their native traditions alive.

The recipes are introduced with family memories, which make for cover-to cover reading.  The book also contains a History of Ellis Island, Chronology, Immigrant Food Memories Tips On Planning Your Trip, etc.


Mr. Bernardin is a former Ellis Island ranger at pre-restoration Ellis Island (1978, 79, 80).

He was inspired to collect these recipes while presenting his slide-lecture, Ellis Island: The Gold Door to innumerable senior citizen centers and nursing homes.  He continues to present his lecture and is now an independent tour guide specializing in tour of Ellis Island.

“...a one of a kind collection of heartwarming stories and authentic recipes that you'll want to have for your cooking library...these recipes recall special memories of far away lands or of dearly loved relatives...much more than a recipe compilation, it is a personal journey with stories and reminiscences that will touch your heart.” ~ Better Homes and Gardens Cook Book Club

“This loving tribute to our immigrant ancestors will be of interest to historians and cooks and to all whose families came through this ‘golden door’.” ~ Academic Library Book Review 


  • Paperback
  • Pages: 268
  • Publisher: Ellis Island Immigrant Cookbook (1709)
  • Package Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping weight: 1.5 lbs