Ted Merwin’s Overstuffed History of the Jewish Deli received a terrific review in the New York Times:
It’s reasonable to be a little melancholy about the deli no longer occupying a central place in Jewish American life. At the same time, I would suggest that as delis are moved and reopened and reimagined, they’re still touching on those traditions. There’s no sense pining for an authenticity that would have no place in our world — the old neighborhoods aren’t here either. Might delis become museum pieces? Nostalgic constructions? As long as they’re built with the knowledge and affection Merwin brings to the table, and as long as we sit down at that table and there’s still pastrami on it, would that be so wrong?
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