As the great-great granddaughter of the founder of America’s first pretzel bakery, the Julius Sturgis Pretzel House in Lititz, Pennsylvania, and the daughter of Tom Sturgis (of Tom Sturgis Pretzels in Reading, PA - my hometown), I have a lot to say about the history of pretzel making. Central Pennsylvania is the birth bed of our modern pretzel business, and this book tells it all. The origin of the pretzel, the evolution of pretzel baking, the traditions, legends, and recipes—there’s something fun in this book for everyone.
At the same time the United States was brewing a Civil War, a daring, young man was stepping into his own risky business. In 1861, Julius Sturgis established America’s first commercial pretzel bakery in Lititz, Pennsylvania. As his great-great granddaughter, Jill Marie (Sturgis) Thomas has a lot to say about pretzels, and it’s time to tell the full story. In this fun book, find out everything you ever wanted to know about this iconic snack food:* Learn the origin of the very first pretzels and the meaning of its shape* Explore the history of how pretzel baking evolved over time* Catch up on local pretzel folklore, trivia, and true stories* Read a rare interview transcript from Julius Sturgis’s grandson* See step-by-step directions on how to twist your own pretzels* Cook up some of the Sturgis family’s favorite pretzel recipes. So grab a handful of pretzels along with your favorite beverage. Sit back, relax, and explore how those tasty, twisted morsels came to be such a mainstay of our society’s snacking routine. Enjoy!Amazon Paperback Amazon Kindle