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 research stories of tradition and innovation, celebrations of iconic menu staples, flavor profiles, food preparations, ordering advice, spotlights on legendary and up-and-coming delis to visit when you get hungry, 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 colorfully illustrated and each more irresistibly craveable than the last. Entertaining and informative to all, whether you're a deli expert or just find yourself wondering where bagels (or babka, or matzo ball soup, or the Reuben) come from.
Hardcover, 248 pages, by Ben Nadler, dimensions are 7.5 x 9 inches.