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Save the Deli

In Search of Perfect Pastrami, Crusty Rye, and the Heart of Jewish Delicatessen

Oct 21, 2009 • 7:00 pm ET
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As a life-long deli obsessive, David Sax was understandably alarmed by the state of Jewish delicatessen – a cuisine that once sat at the very center of Jewish life had become endangered by assimilation, homogenization, and health food trends. And so Sax set out on a journey across the U.S. and around the world in search of authentic delicatessen. As chronicled in his new book Save the Deli, Sax investigates everything deli – how it’s made, who makes it best, and where to go for particular dishes.

Sax will speak about how Jewish people view deli cuisine in relation to their health, weight, and bodies. He’ll then be interviewed by Ezra Klein, who blogs about economic and domestic policy for The Washington Post. Come uncover if it is still possible to save the deli. Join this rallying cry for a new generation of food lovers, and sample some classic deli fare while you’re at it.

This event is presented in partnership with Nextbook Inc., as part of Jewish Body Week – a series of events in New York City and elsewhere exploring the subjects raised in Melvin Konner’s 2009 book, The Jewish Body.