Eating Delancey: A Celebration of Jewish Food (Hardcover)

Eating Delancey: A Celebration of Jewish Food By Aaron Rezny, Jordan Schaps, Joan Rivers (Introduction by), Fyvush Finkel (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Aaron Rezny, Jordan Schaps, Joan Rivers (Introduction by), Fyvush Finkel (Foreword by)
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Delancey Street in New York conjures up an entire world of Yiddishkeit, "Thequality of being Jewish; the Jewish way of life or its customs and practices."Delancey, and the streets that cross it in the Lower East Side-Ludlow, Essex,Orchard, Rivington, and its "sister" street to the north, Houston Street-are thehistorical home of Jewish immigrants and thus a cradle of that unique Jewishexperience.

All the foods that were brought to America in the early 20th century by Jews duringthe great emigration from Europe came to the Lower East Side: knishes, bagels, lox,pastrami, whitefish, dill pickles, kasha, herring (in multiple variations), egg creams,and much more. It is an area that continues to undergo rapid change but EatingDelancey hopes to capture forever the Jewish cuisine of the Lower East Side.

Eating Delanceyis a compilation of gorgeous photographs of classic Jewish food, with profiles and receipes from classic LES Jewish eateries such as Sammy's Roumanian Steakhouse, Russ & Daughters Appetizers, Katz's Delicatessen, Yonah Schimmel Knish Bakery, and Ratner's. These are complimented by celebrity reminiscences from Bette Midler, Jackie Mason, Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell, Don Rickles, Fyvush Finkel, Isaac Mizrahi, Lou Reed, Arthur Schwartz and Milton Glaser.

About the Author

Aaron Rezny has spent more than 20 years shooting food and tabletopphotography. Rezny, the son of Polish immigrants, began his photographic career atan early age and eventually established his own studio in 1979. His photography hasbeen featured in major marketing campaigns for Nestle, Duncan Hines, Kellogg's,Russell Stover, Nabisco, and Applebee's among other brands. His work has alsoappeared in New York Magazine, Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, and The Wall Street Journal. He can be found online Jordan Schaps began his photo-directing career at New York magazine in1978. Schaps quickly rose to Photography Director at New York and went on to act asconcept/creative director of features for InStyle, GQ, The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, and other magazines. Schaps also produced advertorials for Lincoln MotorCars, JC Penney, and Knoll International. He contributed to the books XXX: 30 PornStar Portraits (Bulfinch, 2004), and Miami Beach: Blueprint of an Eden(Trans-Atlantic, 2005). He is currently a professor at the School of Visual Arts in New York.

Praise For…

"Just leafing through this mouthwatering collection of essays, recipes, and reminiscences from eclectic contributors will trigger your salivary glands and steer you to that pile of takeout menus, an online reservation site or even your own kitchen."
- The New York Times

"Many books have delved into the psyche of Jewish people through their food -- but this book succeeds as a true work of art."
- The Huffington Post

"Eating Delancey is a testament to these words’ veracity . . . food is so much more than just fuel, whether as a connection between a father and daughter or among a vast community of a historically uprooted people . . . so compelling."
- Wall Street Journal

"Even if you don’t have roots steeped in Jewish culture, the unmistakable themes of hard work, pride, family and food resonate in each story and dish. These essays are what make the book such an exceptional find."
- Food Network Dish

“A literary masterpiece."
- Anthony Dias Blue, recipient of the James Beard Award and celebrated food critic

"Nestled between the profiles of legendary establishments and stories of family memories are also a number of recipes that reveal the secrets behind beloved treats."
- Brain Pickings

"For those celebrating Hanukkah, here is a mouth-watering celebration of tradition. Beautifully illustrated with food porn and vintage Lower East Side shots, it gives us old-school recipes for chopped liver, matzo balls, kasha varnishkes. "
New York Post

"For those Rivers' aficionados out there, this book is the perfect Chanukah gift as one can read about the iconic comic's adoration for many traditional Jewish foods."
- Jewish Voice

"Schmaltzy recipes, schmaltzy memories: delicious!"
- The Jewish Week

" . . . rounded out with enticing photos of entrees, nostalgic flashes of old New York, and loving memories of being 'a New York City kid' . . . savory images of authentic Jewish foods." 
- Chronogram 

"The book is filled with beautiful photos and recipes."
- Bustle

" . . . a tribute to knishes, bagels, pickles and other staples of the Jewish immigrant community of Manhattan's Lower East Side.”
- Associated Press

"The book reminds me of an animated conversation over a festive Jewish meal: It moves fast from one topic to another, with stories, jokes and bits of history interspersed among lots and lots of food talk, and always — always — no matter how stuffed you may be, it gets you fantasizing about what you’ll be eating next." -The Forward

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Product Details
ISBN: 9781576877227
ISBN-10: 1576877221
Publisher: powerHouse Books
Publication Date: November 25th, 2014
Pages: 224
Language: English