For Jewish deli devotees and DIY food fanatics alike, The Artisan Jewish Deli at Home is a must-have collection of over 100 recipes for creating timeless deli classics, modern twists on old ideas and innovations to shock your Old Country elders. Photographs, historical tidbits, reminiscences, and reference material round out the book, adding lively cultural context.
Finally, fifty years after I started eating pastrami sandwiches and knishes at Wilshireâ€™s Deli in Cedarhurst, Long Island, Nick Zukin and Michael C. Zusman have written a cookbook that allows delicatessen enthusiasts to make their favorite deli dishes at home. Making your own knishes? No problem. Rustle up your own pickles? Bring it on. Michael and Nick manage to make deli food simultaneously contemporary and timeless, which is no easy feat. If reading The Artisan Jewish Deli at Home doesnâ€™t make you hungry, youâ€™ve never rhapsodized over a pastrami sandwich or driven a hundred miles for a transcendent plate of latkes. If my grandmother, the greatest Jewish deliâ€“style cook Iâ€™ve ever known, were alive sheâ€™d be kvelling over this book.â€
â€”Ed Levine, founder of Seriouseats.com
â€œMichael and Nickâ€™s handsome book brings some of your favorite deli recipes and memories into your home kitchen. Their pickles, knishes, and pastrami are just like you remember, only better!â€
â€”Joan Nathan, author of Jewish Cooking in America
â€œBefore you open this book, be sure to crack a window, because your house will soon reek of the glorious funk of delicatessen. The mouthwatering scent of baking bagels, bubbling soups, and steaming pickled meats will conquer every square inch of available air, bathing it all in a rich, delicious patina of schmaltz. Donâ€™t be surprised if a sarcastic waiter named Abe appears in your kitchen. The Artisan Jewish Deli at Home will turn any house into a delicatessen worth its weight in knishes.â€
â€”David Sax, author of Save the Deli
If you donâ€™t happen to live near one of the new wave of artisan-style Jewish delis that have sprung up around North America over the last few years, not to worry. With this book, the world of Jewish deli, in all its unsubtle splendorâ€”can be yours in the comfort (and privacy) of your own kitchen. And itâ€™s not that hard. Really. On top of all the Jewish deli classics, The Artisan Jewish Deli at Home offers updates and new angles on the oldways that are bound to thrill the palates of a modern generation of eaters focused on quality ingredients and a lighter-handed approach to a traditionally heavy cuisine.
The chapters are organized into: Starters and Sides; Soups and Salads; Eggs, Fish, and Dairy; Beef; Bagels, Bialys, and Breads; and Pastries, Desserts, and Drinks. The range of favorite recipes include: Crispy Potato Latkes with Chunky Ginger Applesauce; Summer Chicken Salad with Tomatoes, Cucumber and Cracklings; Wise Sonsâ€™ Chocolate Babka French Toast; Home Oven Pastrami; and Celery Soda.
Added cultural context comes from quick-hitting interviews with Joan Nathan and other Jewish food luminaries; histories of a few deli stalwarts such as bagels and pastrami; and first-hand reports from within the walls of the authorsâ€™ favorite temples of modern Jewish gastronomy located across the country including: Mile End Delicatessen in New York City; Wise Sons Delicatessen in San Francisco; Kenny & Zuke's Delicatessen in Portland, OR; Stopsky's Delicatessan in Mercer Island, Washington; and Caplansky's Delicatessen in Toronto.
- Used Book in Good Condition
- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing (September 3, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1449420079
- ISBN-13: 978-1449420079
- Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 8.2 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
Average Customer Review (28 customer reviews)
outstanding!, By jperrella
September 14, 2013
This book is filled with foolproof recipes for so many of our favorites. For years I'd been scouring the web for what 'seemed' liked the perfect stuffed cabbage or rugelach, and now every Jewish food recipe I'll ever need is in this one book.I was a recipe tester for this book and blown away at how easy the recipes were to follow, and how great everything came out! The above mentioned stuffed cabbage ('cabbage rolls' in the book) are now a family favorite and the only recipe I'll ever need for this. The chocolate-fig rugelach is the best. Light crispy outside, tender flaky inside but not at all dry, figgy-chocolate filling, just great.Other favorites I've made from this book are the pickled onions, pickle relish, challah french toast, blintzes (the easiest crepe recipe ever!), the chicken salads, goulash, oh...and a potato latke recipe that you make in the food processor and pour the batter like pancakes. SO much easier than the traditional method and with...
Making Memories Through Food, By WhoDat
September 14, 2013
My connection to Jewish food began decades ago when my friend Geraldine Cohen introduced me to her favorite Jewish deli located on Geary St. in San Francisco. Who would have guessed that sharing stories about her childhood and her father, a rabbi, over pastrami on rye and cheesecake would leave such an indelible impression on this young Asian girl. Although Geri and the deli are long departed, the opportunity to reconnect to the sight, smell, and taste of traditional Jewish fare presented itself by testing recipes for this book.Matzo ball soup and bagels were a must-try to re-create my memory, followed by bialys, babka, blintzes, brisket, pickled red onion, and others to expand my culinary repertoire. The bagels, bialys, and babka were a delicious success with family and I surprised myself as a beginner-level baker. Now I'm spoiled to having these treats fresh out of the oven. As for the pickles and brisket to babka and blintzes, the aromas of a Jewish deli transformed my...
Try it, you'll like it., By Keith Orr
September 12, 2013
First a bit of disclosure. I was one of the recipe testers for this book. The good news is that in addition to getting to try a lot of these recipes over a year ago, everything I made turned out well.The whole reason I signed up to test the recipes was for the pastrami. It's delicious and well worth the effort.I'm not a baker, but I made the Challah and it's turned out perfectly all three times I'm made it and it's getting prettier every time as I learn to handle the dough and weave the loaves.Many of the recipes like the borscht, chicken salad and brisket come in seasonal variations. It's fun to tailor the recipes to the seasons and have several options to choose from.The Caper and Red Onion Potato Salad is my go to potato salad these days. It's always gobbled up and I now make a double batch whenever I take it to share.I'm putting my money where my mouth is. I've ordered a case of books to give to friends and family. I...