Pastrami On Rye: An Overstuffed History Of The Jewish Deli by Ted MerwinPastrami On Rye: An Overstuffed History Of The Jewish Deli by Ted Merwin

Pastrami On Rye: An Overstuffed History Of The Jewish Deli

byTed Merwin

Hardcover | September 25, 2015

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For much of the twentieth century, the New York Jewish deli was an iconic institution in both Jewish and American life. As a social space it rivaled—and in some ways surpassed—the synagogue as the primary gathering place for the Jewish community. In popular culture it has been the setting for classics like When Harry Met Sally. And today, after a long period languishing in the trenches of the hopelessly old-fashioned, it is experiencing a nostalgic resurgence.
 
Pastrami on Rye is the first full-length history of the New York Jewish deli. The deli, argues Ted Merwin, reached its full flowering not in the immigrant period, as some might assume, but in the interwar era, when the children of Jewish immigrants celebrated the first flush of their success in America by downing sandwiches and cheesecake in theater district delis. But it was the kosher deli that followed Jews as they settled in the outer boroughs of the city, and that became the most tangible symbol of their continuing desire to maintain a connection to their heritage. Ultimately, upwardly mobile American Jews discarded the deli as they transitioned from outsider to insider status in the middle of the century. Now contemporary Jews are returning the deli to cult status as they seek to reclaim their cultural identities. 
 
Richly researched and compellingly told, Pastrami on Rye gives us the surprising story of a quintessential New York institution.
Title:Pastrami On Rye: An Overstuffed History Of The Jewish DeliFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.3 inPublished:September 25, 2015Publisher:NYU PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0814760317

ISBN - 13:9780814760314

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Table of Contents

Contents
Acknowledgments vii
Introduction:
Health and Medicine in the Era of 
America’s Founders 1
1
George and Martha Washington: 
Health, Illness, and the First Family 33
2
Benjamin Franklin: A Founding Father 
of American Medicine 79
3
Abigail and John Adams: Partners in 
Sickness and Health 119
4
Thomas Jefferson: Advocate for
Healthy Living 169
5
Thomas Jefferson: The Health
of the Nation 199
Epilogue:
Evolutionary Medicine 231
Notes 241
Bibliography 277
Index 289
About the Author 306

Editorial Reviews

"Merwin’s extraordinarily exhaustive research and his skill in selecting just the right fact, telling detail, quote, and anecdote makes this one of the most enjoyable, enlightening, fluid and fascinating food histories I've ever read. And it is my history, too, being one of those many Jews for whom the delicatessen and love of delicatessen foods is as much a part of my identity as the ethics and humanity my religion has taught me."-Arthur Schwartz,author of Arthur Schwartz's Jewish Home Cooking: Yiddish Recipes Revisited