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

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McClelland & Stewart, Mar 4, 2011 - Cooking
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Part culinary travelogue, part cultural history, Save the Deli is a must-read for anyone whose idea of perfect happiness is tucking into a pastrami on rye with a pickle on the side

Corned beef. Pastrami. Brisket. Matzo balls. Knishes. Mustard and rye. In this book about Jewish delicatessens, about deliís history and characters, its greatest triumphs, spectacular failures, and ultimately the very future of its existence, David Sax goes deep into the world of the Jewish deli. He explores the histories and experiences of the immigrant counterman and kvetching customer; examines the pressures that many delis face; and enjoys the food that is deliís signature.

In New York and Chicago, Florida, L.A., Montreal, Toronto, Paris, and beyond, Sax strives to answer the question, Can Jewish deli thrive, and if so, how? Funny, poignant, and impeccably written, Save the Deli is the story of one manís search to save a defining element of a culture ó and the sandwiches ó he loves.


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Review: Save the Deli: In Search of Perfect Pastrami, Crusty Rye, and the Heart of Jewish Delicatessen

User Review  - Janet - Goodreads

David Sax examines the history and decline of the Jewish delicatessen in North America and Europe. He gives several reasons for the decline; such as the high cost of running a deli, children who don't ... Read full review

Review: Save the Deli: In Search of Perfect Pastrami, Crusty Rye, and the Heart of Jewish Delicatessen

User Review  - Ashland Mystery Oregon - Goodreads

Have long wanted to read this 2009 book, and finally picked it up at Powells last year. While the author's passion for salted meat is clear, I'm not sure I share his exultation. Maybe I should have ... Read full review

About the author (2011)

David Sax is a freelance journalist originally from Toronto. He is a regular contributor to Toronto Life, and most recently New York and Portfolio.


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