Autobiography of a Delicatessen: Katz's Deli, New York City

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SERIOUS EATS: I got all misty-­eyed a few times, as the significance of such a New York icon was illustrated in word and image...

THE NEW YORK TIMES: A book as overstuffed as Katz's pastrami on rye.

A great visual record of how a restaurant runs, this first-ever book about Katz's Delicatessen indelibly captures the unique spirit and appeal of the Lower East Side classic. Timed to coincide with Katz's 125th anniversary, this special edition ...

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Overview

SERIOUS EATS: I got all misty-­eyed a few times, as the significance of such a New York icon was illustrated in word and image...

THE NEW YORK TIMES: A book as overstuffed as Katz's pastrami on rye.

A great visual record of how a restaurant runs, this first-ever book about Katz's Delicatessen indelibly captures the unique spirit and appeal of the Lower East Side classic. Timed to coincide with Katz's 125th anniversary, this special edition brings a bit of Katz's right into your own home. Located on the corner of Ludlow and East Houston, this NYC institution opened in 1888 and is the oldest and most beloved delicatessen in America. Famous for its mouth-watering pastrami and mouth-puckering pickles (as well as its traditional Friday evening hot dogs) Katz's has been serving Jewish comfort food to generations of hungry customers, from locals dropping in for their usual and tourists from around the world, to a veritable who's-who of celebrities and politicians whose visits are immortalized in hundreds of photographs along the walls.

The 384 pages of this elegant and hefty tome contain over 600 striking photographs by Baldomero Fernandez: the people on both sides of the counter; the storied cutting stations; the distinctive signage; the remarkably small kitchen; and more. Part-owner Jake Dell reveals the deli's rich and compelling history, and discusses traditional Jewish deli foods, including the different preparations for pastrami and corned beef. Travel Channel star Adam Richman provides a very personal and evocative foreword.

What you won't discover is what the little circles on the tickets mean. Baldomero calls them hieroglyphics. What they mean and why they even use them, is still a mystery to me. That's just part of Katz's!

No need to be a New Yorker. This book will prove equally irresistible to both the regulars and to the uninitiated.

Published in association with Glenn Horowitz Bookseller.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780983863267
  • Publisher: Bauer & Dean Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/30/2013
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 289,463
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Currently in charge of all major operations, Jake Dell is part owner along with his father Alan Dell and uncle, Fred Austin. Jake represents the fifth generation owner of Katz's Delicatessan, the 125-year-old deli located in New York City's Lower East Side. Carrying on the tradition into modern times, Jake certainly knows the world of meat preparation and what it means to be a 21st-century deli man.

Baldomero Fernandez's photographs have appeared in publications such as Life, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Vanity Fair and W Magazine. He also directs video and multimedia shorts for CR Fashion Book, The Aesthete and several high profile fashion brands and artists. Raised in Miami, he first began taking photographs at age fourteen. After getting his degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology, he moved to New York City where he currently lives.

Adam Richman is the host of NBC's Food Fighters and Travel Channel's Man v. Food; the Executive Producer and Host of Travel Channel's Man v. Food Nation and Best Sandwich in America; and author of America the Edible: A Hungry History from Sea to Dining Sea and the forthcoming cookbook Straight Up Tasty.

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