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The Deli Maven's Cookbook [Kindle Edition]

David W. Cowles
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Book Description

When author David W. Cowles moved to Gig Harbor, Washington he was shocked to discover there wasn’t even one good Jewish deli in the entire state. Frustrated and deli deprived, Cowles researched and perfected deli recipes for home preparation. He became so proficient he taught a hands-on course in making deli food at a synagogue in Tacoma. Cowles tells his story in THE DELI MAVEN’S COOKBOOK.

THE DELI MAVEN’S COOKBOOK is not a comprehensively detailed history of that great, venerable American institution, the Jewish delicatessen. Nor is it an encyclopedia of Jewish recipes gathered from the entire diaspora. It is not a recipe book of Israeli cuisine. It is not a summary of kosher foods and dietary laws. It has no recipes for Jewish holiday foods, unless they’re served year-round in a deli. Yet it touches on all the above.

THE DELI MAVEN’S COOKBOOK is not intended to replace Jewish delicatessens, for which there are no acceptable substitutes. There’s a lot more to delis than just the food—such as the ambrosial aromas, the noisy ambience, and the camaraderie. Delis are a social institution, a way of life.

Rather, THE DELI MAVEN’S COOKBOOK is the self-help answer for those unfortunate souls stranded hundreds of miles from the nearest Jewish deli, so hungry for real deli food they want to scream. If you live in an area that doesn’t have a good deli—or perhaps none at all—fret no more. This book is the solution to your troubles.

You’ll learn how to quickly, easily, and inexpensively prepare delicious and authentic deli food at home … including pastrami; corned beef; pickled tongue; lox and Nova; matzo ball soup; kasha varnishkas; matzo brei; lox, eggs, and onions; bagels, bialys, and breads; New York style cheesecake; black & white cookies; and scores of other deli, appetizing, and bakery delights—all made from “scratch.”

As the TV pitchman says, “Wait … there’s more!” Enjoy the deli stories, deli jokes, and histories of your favorite deli foods. If Jewish delis are important to you, you owe it to yourself to get THE DELI MAVEN’S COOKBOOK. It’s a fun book to read, even if you don’t cook!

THE DELI MAVEN’S COOKBOOK is in Kindle format and available exclusively from

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  • File Size: 1987 KB
  • Print Length: 349 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Hadley V. Baxendale & Co. (July 31, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007034J52
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic - Don't Miss This One! January 22, 2012
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Many a day I've fondly recalled the stunningly good Reubens, served up with potato salad and all-you-can-eat dill pickles on the side, to be had at my favorite deli. That was years ago and far away. These days, the closest I can come to a real deli is the grocery store counter or my own kitchen. About a year ago someone did open an "Italian deli" not far from the state capitol in Montpelier, but I've never seen more than a single car in the parking lot. Thus, I was delighted to come across The Deli Maven's Cookbook, stayed up late to read every word and even shared it with my friends on Facebook because it is THAT good!

David Cowles is a cook after my own heart! He had my full attention the very second that he talked about buying a dozen or more corned beefs when they are on sale for St. Patrick's day. I do exactly the same and am counting the days until corned beef goes on sale again. My freezer is bare! (No worries, I'll just pick up a brisket the next time I go to town and give David's recipe for making my own corned beef a whirl.) I was further encouraged when I found that a fair number of the recipes that he provides are nearly identical to my own and that he thinks the best rye bread he ever made is the exact same one that I have ever made, found in Secrets of a Jewish Baker: Recipes for 125 Breads from Around the World, one of my Top 3 books of bread baking!

This is an extensive book, full of information, stories and jokes that will keep you interested and reading from the first page to the last.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm sooo Goy January 29, 2012
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I'm a Nazarene Church kid from behind the "Orange Curtain". I don't think I've ever been in a real Jewish deli; I'm sure I haven't, in fact. I was a guest at a Seder meal once when I was 9; that's my entire exposure to Jewish culture.

But after reading this book, if I don't make a batch of knishes soon, I'm going to implode. Chicken-in-the-pot WILL be on my table, and soon. Who the heck knew you could MAKE cream cheese?!? But now, I feel that I must.

Tortuously good book.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars D W Cowles Deli Master Chef January 23, 2012
By KenJac
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The Deli Mavens Cook Book. Is a delightful mouth watering master piece. From cover to cover, it is a mouth watering,laughter making experience.Makes you want to get in the kitchen and start to emulate the Jewish Deli chefs, and produce all your favorite recipes, whenever you feel like a good feed. To all those of you out there who do not have a Jewish Delicatessen near where you live. Well you now have one of your very own, In David Cowles great book.

Ken Jackson.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By P. Fox
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While reviewing another of Mr. Cowles' interesting cookbooks, I realized that I had neglected to rate and review this terrific one that first introduced me to his writing. I'm a serious cook and cookbook collector with hundreds of print books on food and now about 150 digital examples so far on my Kindle.

I love a book that is both well written and with recipes that actually work. There are all too many alleged cookbooks that are just pirated from recipe sources or badly put together or simply don't make good food. Cowles' book is well edited and tells an interesting story as well. It is a book that I recommend highly to the curious or adventurous cook. The recipes are detailed enough that even beginners should be successful. Most of all, the food and the recipes are workable and delightful.

My introduction to what is largely Jewish ethnic food came from my mother. She was raised in a Southern Baptist family whose cook for many years kept Kosher! She might be turning in her grave to see how much her liver-loathing eldest now lusts after good chopped liver, though. While she was an accomplished cook, she mangled liver badly with vulcanized liver that even the starving would have been hesitant to eat. Cowles presents recipes that just might jar her and you into trying some new and delicious things like homemade pastrami.

The recipes in this book are also quite frugal compared to buying deli style food and in time of tight money, that's yet another thing to recommend the work. If you aren't quite convinced by these reviews, at least try a sample and enjoy the writing style as well as the recipes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Homesick Yankee August 12, 2012
By J. R.
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Thanks a lot, I am now miserably homesick and missing deli more than usual.
Many of the ingredients in the recipes are not available here in the middle
of nowhere (like Moses I'm stuck in the desert), but I'll stack my chicken
and matzoh ball soups against anyones!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a fun book! August 7, 2012
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I can't remember when I last read a cookbook that was so entertaining and had the best recipes for food that I truly love.
If you haven't made the potato knishes, then do it !
This book gets a A+ from me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss the salami recipe! June 12, 2012
By Krash
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I loved the author the moment I opened this book and saw a picture of Brent's Deli in it. Brent's is absolutely the best deli in the Los Angeles area, and I'm so pleased to see an "expert" admit it!
For readers who aren't fortunate enough to go to Brent's all the time, DO NOT miss the salami and other recipes in this slim volume. It's the real deal!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice
I do wish this had more recipes and less information. Still I'm glad I purchased this cookbook.
Published 1 month ago by G. Hoover
4.0 out of 5 stars You will be very happy with the results
If you are a fan of pastrami, you owe it to yourself to try making it yourself at home using David's step-by-step recipe. You will be very happy with the results!
Published 1 month ago by Rhonda D.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is not just a cook book it's funny! Enjoyed it very much!
Published 4 months ago by D. Jacobs
5.0 out of 5 stars A taste of another time
This is an excellent cookbook, not just for the recipes, but for the colorful stories behind them. David Cowles has given us a gift to be treasured! I highly recommend.
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I took his class
I was one of the lucky people who took his class at Temple Beth El. Everything we made was wonderful. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal
You'd think we would be able to get good deli in Chicago. We diligently check out new places, but they pale in comparison to my memories of great deli (Miami Beach many years ago)... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Reader in Chicago
3.0 out of 5 stars Its Ok
Not the best of deli cookbooks but it's ok to have in your cookbook collection for different ideas on preparing your meals
Published 22 months ago by kabbalah
5.0 out of 5 stars At last a cookbook for us deli-deprived people
One of my biggest desires is to go into a deli in the US and order a Reuben. But I can't. I'm danish and sometimes an 8 hour flight seems too long. But this book is great! Read more
Published on December 17, 2012 by Torben Mølgaard-Andersen
5.0 out of 5 stars Want to do your own Deli style meats and sandwiches?
This book has the recipes for making your own Pastrami, including hints on what, where, and when to buy your Corned Beef. Read more
Published on December 15, 2012 by D. Bradley
5.0 out of 5 stars funny
Although I haven't finished this yet, it is very funny and enjoyable to read. I look forward to finishing it soon.
Published on December 14, 2012 by caoh
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More About the Author

David W. Cowles was born in Los Angeles, California, and grew up in California's San Fernando Valley. He's lived in Las Vegas, Nevada since 1976.

Cowles is a member of the State Bar of California (inactive) and is admitted and qualified as an attorney and counselor of the Supreme Court of the United States. He has served as a board member and president of numerous nonprofit organizations, and was awarded Congressional and other commendations for his efforts.

Cowles founded and was CEO of companies in the photographic and financial communities. He's flown his own airplanes; traveled extensively; and spent a month as a volunteer with the Israeli Defense Forces.

For over eight years, Cowles published and edited Keno Newsletter, a monthly publication read by keno players and casino executives. For six years, he wrote a weekly column for Gaming Today. For three years, Cowles wrote op-ed columns and a weekly cooking column for the Peninsula Gateway newspaper in Gig Harbor, Washington. His articles have been published in the Las Vegas Sun and Newsweek magazine.

Cowles draws on his background and experiences to write in a wide variety of genres including mystery, adventure, thriller, comedy, romance, how-to, nonfiction, and cookbooks. Often he'll combine several genres in one book.

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