Old Bay origins: The popular spice was invented by a Jewish refugee from Germany

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After escaping Nazi Germany, Gustav Brunn settled in Baltimore and created a spice named for a well-known steamship company — Old Bay. Photo courtesy of Old Bay.

Old Bay is a staple at every crab shack and seafood boil across America, but few know about the man behind the 18 spice blend. From a German concentration camp to a Baltimore spice dealer, Leah Siesfeld reports on the curious story of Gustav Brunn and the Jewish roots behind the ubiquitous seafood seasoning in her piece for The Nosher. 

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