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The Jewish Deli: An Illustrated Guide to the Chosen Food by Ben Nadler

    In “The Jewish Deli,” a captivating literary work by the talented comic artist and devoted deli enthusiast, Ben Nadler, readers are treated to a delectably entertaining exploration of the history, traditions, and customs surrounding this remarkable cuisine, as well as the charming establishments that proudly serve it over the counter.

    Jewish delis, cherished establishments that intertwine culinary excellence and cultural significance, offer a captivating assortment of flavors that leave one in awe. These establishments are a sensory paradise, boasting a kaleidoscope of tastes—vibrant, buttery, tangy, sweet, indulgently rich, savory, and smoky.

    With the aid of vividly engaging chapters, Nadler skillfully guides readers through a delectable journey, unveiling the intricacies and delights of each major food category. These chapters, adorned with delightful illustrations that amplify the book’s allure, introduce a succession of irresistible culinary treasures, each more tempting than the last. The chapters cover an array of delectable delights, including:

    1. Meat: Unveiling the essence of Jewish deli cuisine, this section celebrates the tantalizing array of cured meats, such as pastrami, corned beef, and tongue, meticulously prepared to perfection. Exploring the rich heritage of meat-centric dishes, readers are invited to savor the intricate flavors and time-honored techniques that contribute to their unparalleled deliciousness.
    2. Fish: From the silky, melt-in-your-mouth goodness of lox to the briny, satisfying bite of pickled herring, the fish chapter delves into the oceanic wonders that grace the tables of Jewish delis. It uncovers the culinary artistry behind the delicate smoking and curing processes that transform fresh fish into delicacies, inviting readers to indulge in a world of aquatic pleasures.
    3. Bagels and Bread: This chapter pays homage to the iconic and beloved Jewish contribution to the realm of baked goods—the bagel. Nadler explores the origins of these golden, chewy circles of dough, tracing their roots back to Eastern Europe. Additionally, he explores the diverse array of traditional Jewish bread, from challah to rye, that find their way onto deli counters and into the hearts of food enthusiasts.
    4. Schmears: No Jewish deli experience would be complete without a delectable assortment of spreads and toppings. This chapter delves into the diverse world of schmears, from classic cream cheese to more adventurous flavors like Lox spread, whitefish salad, and herring butter. It celebrates the art of pairing the perfect schmear with a freshly baked bagel or a slice of crusty bread, elevating the dining experience to new heights.
    5. Soups and Sides: In this section, readers are introduced to the soul-warming soups and mouthwatering side dishes that complement the main culinary offerings of Jewish delis. From the legendary matzo ball soup, with its fluffy, flavorful dumplings, to the comforting warmth of borscht and the crispy satisfaction of latkes, this chapter delves into the comfort and nostalgia that these dishes evoke.
    6. Sweets: Delving into the realm of dessert, this chapter unveils the tantalizing array of sweet treats found in Jewish delis. From the flaky, honey-drizzled delights of rugelach to the rich, creamy goodness of cheesecake, readers are invited to indulge their sweet tooth and savor the decadence of traditional Jewish desserts.
    7. Drinks: No Jewish deli experience would be complete without a refreshing beverage to accompany the flavorsome fare. This chapter explores the various libations that complement the culinary wonders of Jewish delis, including traditional favorites like egg creams and old-fashioned sodas, as well as the iconic pairing of coffee and babka.

    “The Jewish Deli” not only celebrates the remarkable flavors and culinary craftsmanship of Jewish Delis but also delves into the historical and cultural significance behind these beloved institutions. With its captivating illustrations and captivating prose, this literary work invites readers on an unforgettable journey of gastronomic delight, leaving them with a deep appreciation for the vibrant tapestry of flavors and traditions that define the world of Jewish delis.

    A delightful celebration of Jewish delicatessens in an accessible comics format, full of history and humor and guaranteed to make you hungry.

    Beloved culinary and cultural institutions, Jewish delis are wonderlands of amazing flavors and great food—bright, buttery, briny, sweet, fatty, salty, smoky. . . . In The Jewish Deli, comics artist and deli aficionado Ben Nadler takes a deliciously entertaining deep dive into the history and culture of this food and the places that serve it up to us across the counter.

    A visual treat, this accessible and informative nonfiction graphic novel delivers stories of tradition and innovation, celebrations of iconic menu staples, flavor profiles, food preparations, ordering advice, spotlights on legendary and up-and-coming delis, and much more. Chapters guide readers through the details and delights of each major food category such as meat, fish, bagels and bread, schmears, soups and sides, sweets, and drinks, all delightfully illustrated and each more irresistibly crave-able than the last.

    HISTORY: The history of a people is found in its food and in this book! Trace the history of Jewish cuisine from ancient days to the birth of the modern deli as we know and love it now.

    DELI PROFILES: When this book makes you hungry, plan a visit to one of the sensational North American delis featured in its pages (as well as a few farther afield).

    FOR FOODIES AND FOLKS ALIKE: Nadler shares colorful, researched stories of deli food, preparations, traditions, and innovations that entertain and inform whether you’re a deli expert or just find yourself wondering where bagels (or babka, or matzo ball soup, or the Reuben) come from.

    FUN COMICS STYLE: Fans of Relish: My Life In The Kitchen and Cook Korean: A Comic Book With Recipes will love Ben Nadler’s fresh and colorful illustrated approach to the food and culture of the Jewish deli.

    The Jewish Deli: An Illustrated Guide to the Chosen Food by Ben Nadler is perfect for:

    • For foodies who love deli food and want to learn more
    • Anyone interested in Jewish cuisine and culture
    • Fans of nonfiction comics and graphic novels