Founded in 1954 by Abe Lebewohl, The 2nd Ave Deli has been an internationally renowned Gotham landmark for nearly half a century. This cookbook contains more than 160 of Abe's recipes, including all of the Deli's peerless renditions of traditional Jewish dishes: chicken soup with matzo balls, chopped liver, gefilte fish, kasha varnishkes, potato ...
Founded in 1954 by Abe Lebewohl, The 2nd Ave Deli has been an internationally renowned Gotham landmark for nearly half a century. This cookbook contains more than 160 of Abe's recipes, including all of the Deli's peerless renditions of traditional Jewish dishes: chicken soup with matzo balls, chopped liver, gefilte fish, kasha varnishkes, potato latkes, blintzes, and many more.
This book contain excellent recipes and interesting commentary. The recipes which i have made, have all come out great and the instructions are clear and dimple. This is a must have book for the Kosher/Jewish Cooking enthusiast
Jan 7, 2010
Good, but not great
The anecdotes in this book are the highlight.
The recipes are okay, but I have 2 gripes.
First, there are no color pictures at all in the book, and no pictures at all of the food. Second, there are way too may celebrity recipes. I really don't care about what recipes these people like. I'm only interested in authentic recipes from the 2nd Ave Deli.
Publishers Weekly, 1999-08-02 This is a cookbook that will bring a tear to readers' eyes, and not just because it will have them chopping four onions for Chopped Liver. In 1996, Abe Lebewohl, owner of New York's famed Second Avenue Deli, was murdered; now Sharon, Lebewohl's daughter and current deli steward, and food writer Bulkin present recipes from the New York establishment as well as touching and funny anecdotes from the many people who adored him. The famous and less-famous contribute recipes along with their stories: food critic Mimi Sheraton recalls hearing Lebewohl explain matzo ball soup to a Japanese journalist (a monologue that included an overview of the Old Testament) and offers her Favorite Matzo Balls. Alfred Portale, chef and owner at the swanky Gotham Bar and Grill, recalls Lebewohl's generous praise and provides a recipe for Whole Roast Red Snapper with Tomatoes, Lemon and Thyme. Lebewohl, who was such a friend to working people that he once provided free lunches to striking NBC workers for 21 weeks, would appreciate the profile of veteran waitress Diane Kassner, famous for her quips (Customer: How is the stuffed breast of veal served? Diane: On a plate). Recipes from the restaurant itself are traditional Eastern European Jewish fare?e.g., Kreplach and Gefilte Fish. There are also a smattering of such Middle Eastern dishes as Falafel and Tabbouleh and a few concessions to today's lighter eating habits (Turkey Meat Loaf and Broiled Fillet of Sole à la Second Avenue). The latter recipes belie a talk Lebewohl once gave on the topic "Is Deli Dying in New York?" where he quipped: "What am I gonna tell you? My food will kill you." (Oct.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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