Pastrami on Rye: An Overstuffed History of the Jewish Deli

By Ted Merwin

Winner, 2015 nationwide Jewish e-book Award provided by means of the Jewish booklet Council

For a lot of the 20th century, the hot York Jewish deli used to be an iconic establishment in either Jewish and American existence. As a social area it rivaled—and in many ways surpassed—the synagogue because the basic collecting position for the Jewish neighborhood. In pop culture it's been the atmosphere for classics like When Harry Met Sally

. And this day, after a protracted interval languishing within the trenches of the hopelessly out of date, it really is experiencing a nostalgic resurgence.

Pastrami on Rye is the 1st full-length historical past of the hot York Jewish deli. The deli, argues Ted Merwin, reached its complete flowering now not within the immigrant interval, as a few could suppose, yet within the interwar period, whilst the kids of Jewish immigrants celebrated the 1st flush in their luck in the US by means of downing sandwiches and cheesecake in theater district delis. however it was once the kosher deli that Jews as they settled within the outer boroughs of the town, and that turned the main tangible image in their carrying on with wish to preserve a connection to their history. eventually, upwardly cellular American Jews discarded the deli as they transitioned from outsider to insider prestige in the midst of the century. Now modern Jews are returning the deli to cult prestige as they search to reclaim their cultural identities. 
Richly researched and compellingly instructed, Pastrami on Rye gives us the marvelous tale of a fundamental manhattan institution.

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