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Inspired by this question One of the stereotypical traditional Jewish foods is a bagel (with or without lox and "shmear"). Why/how did this food come to be associated with Jews?

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Same reason that macadamia nuts are associated with Hawaii, despite the fact, which I just learned this morning, that they are not native there. Someone liked 'em and marketed them. – Seth J Jan 4 '13 at 14:44


There is more than one answer to this question, the most popular attributing the creation of bagels to a Jewish baker living in 1683 Vienna. According to folklore, this unnamed man invented the bagel as a tribute to King John III Sobieski of Poland.

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