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Eating Delancey

A Celebration of Jewish Food

Foreword by Fyvush Finkel / Introduction by Joan Rivers

Delancey Street in New York conjures up an entire world of Yiddishkeit, "Thequality of being Jewish; the Jewish way of life or its customs and practices."Delancey, and the streets that cross it in the Lower East Side-Ludlow, Essex,Orchard, Rivington, and its "sister" street to the north, Houston Street-are thehistorical home of Jewish immigrants and thus a cradle of that unique Jewishexperience.

All the foods that were brought to America in the early 20th century by Jews duringthe great emigration from Europe came to the Lower East Side: knishes, bagels, lox,pastrami, whitefish, dill pickles, kasha, herring (in multiple variations), egg creams,and much more. It is an area that continues to undergo rapid change but EatingDelancey hopes to capture forever the Jewish cuisine of the Lower East Side.

Eating Delanceyis a compilation of gorgeous photographs of classic Jewish food, with profiles and receipes from classic LES Jewish eateries such as Sammy's Roumanian Steakhouse, Russ & Daughters Appetizers, Katz's Delicatessen, Yonah Schimmel Knish Bakery, and Ratner's. These are complimented by celebrity reminiscences from Bette Midler, Jackie Mason, Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell, Don Rickles, Fyvush Finkel, Isaac Mizrahi, Lou Reed, Arthur Schwartz and Milton Glaser.

Aaron Rezny has spent more than 20 years shooting food and tabletopphotography. Rezny, the son of Polish immigrants, began his photographic career atan early age and eventually established his own studio in 1979. His photography hasbeen featured in major marketing campaigns for Nestle, Duncan Hines, Kellogg's,Russell Stover, Nabisco, and Applebee's among other brands. His work has alsoappeared in New York Magazine, Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, and The Wall Street Journal. He can be found online atrezny.com. Jordan Schaps began his photo-directing career at New York magazine in1978. Schaps quickly rose to Photography Director at New York and went on to act asconcept/creative director of features for InStyle, GQ, The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, and other magazines. Schaps also produced advertorials for Lincoln MotorCars, JC Penney, and Knoll International. He contributed to the books XXX: 30 PornStar Portraits (Bulfinch, 2004), and Miami Beach: Blueprint of an Eden(Trans-Atlantic, 2005). He is currently a professor at the School of Visual Arts in New York.