Save the Deli

Save the Deli

In Search of Perfect Pastrami, Crusty Rye, and the Heart of the Jewish Delicatessen

Book - 2009
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David Sax's delightful travelogue is a journey across the United States and around the world that investigates the history, the diaspora, and the next generation of delicatessen.


David Sax was alarmed by the state of Jewish delicatessen. As a journalist and lifelong deli lover, he watched in dismay as one beloved deli after another closed its doors, only to be reopened as some bland chain restaurant laying claim to the cuisine it just paved over. Was it still possible to save the deli? He writes about the food itself--how it's made, who makes it best, and where to go for particular dishes--and, ultimately, what he finds is hope: deli newly and lovingly made in places like Boulder, Colorado, longstanding deli traditions thriving in Montreal, and the resurrection of iconic institutions like New York's 2nd Avenue Deli. No cultural history of food has ever tasted so good. 

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009.
ISBN: 9780151013845
Characteristics: p. cm.


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Mar 17, 2017

Unfortunately, with new opportunities in the professions, the family delicatessen is disappearing. Even large chain restaurants cannot serve a great Reuben sandwich at a reasonable price. For delicatessen lovers, I would rate "Save the Deli" at 5.0 stars.

Feb 09, 2016

If you enjoyed the documentary "Deli Man" you will enjoy this book. Chapters can be read out of order and still be enjoyed.


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