At Serious Eats, we turn to walking New York food encyclopedia Ed Levine for all of our bagel-related quandaries. (Ed knows a thing or two about bagels.) But even his expertise pales in comparison to that of Maria Balinska, author of The Bagel: The Surprising History of a Modest Bread. Over at the Times website, she's answering all sorts of questions about the history of the bagel. Read the responses so far—from the origin of the everything bagel to the best bagels in London—or ask your own question.
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