Save the Deli

Save the Deli

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

Book - 2009
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Houghton
The story of the Jewish deli follows the story of the Jewish diaspora. But delis and their food have fallen dramatically in number and quality over the past few decades. David Sax set out on a mission to find out why--and whether there is any hope to SAVE THE DELI.

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.



Baker & Taylor
A journalist and lifelong deli obsessive describes his cross-country journey to investigate everything deli--its history, its diaspora, its next generation--and explains the food itself--how it's made, who makes it best, and where to go for certain dishes--in an account prompted by the author's alarm over the failing state of the classic Jewish deli.

Baker
& Taylor

As a journalist and life-long deli obsessive, David Sax was understandably alarmed by the state of Jewish delicatessen. A cuisine that had once thrived as the very center of Jewish life had become endangered by assimilation, homogenization, and health food trends. He watched in dismay as one beloved deli after another--one institution after another--shuttered, only to be reopened as some bland chain-restaurant laying claim to the very culture it just paved over. So David set out on a journey across the United States and around the world in search of authentic delicatessen. Was it still possible to Save the Deli? Join David as he investigates everything deli-- its history, its diaspora, its next generation. He tells about the food itself--how it's made, who makes it best, and where to go for particular dishes. And, ultimately, he finds hope.--From publisher description.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009
ISBN: 9780151013845
0151013845
Branch Call Number: 647.95 SAX
Characteristics: 319 p. : ill. ; 22 cm

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Dave99_0
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.

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MT60
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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