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  • Paul J. Hintersteiner, of Washington Heights, Manhattan, describes a very different era of food shopping and home cooking -- during his childhood in Yorkville's large German community.

    "The milkman came everyday...and you had the guy going around selling fruit on the wagon," he recalls. "We did shopping, but a lot of stuff was stuff that you...didn't have to refrigerate just had an icebox."

    Raised by parents who both made their living cooking in New York City restaurants, Hintersteiner is also a trained chef (a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America).

    "[Cooking] was handed down the was in my blood I guess," Hintersteiner says.

    Photo credit: Paul J. Hintersteiner. Photo by Emon Hassan, courtesy of Narratively.
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