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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Cookbooks; 1st edition (January 20, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688159001
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688159009
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Baking quite possibly the best cheesecakes in the universe, Junior's Restaurant is a legend in its own right. Located in downtown Brooklyn, this home away from home has been wooing New Yorkers since it first opened its doors on Election Day, 1950. Three generations of the Rosen family have served up not only cheesecakes, but also a wealth of other diner delicacies, from Brisket Melt to out-of-this-world ice-cream sodas. Written by the sons of founder Harry Rosen, Welcome to Junior's combines slices of Brooklyn's history and culture with fascinating stories, and, thankfully for us, more than 100 recipes, including 7 for cheesecake. Of course, the real cheesecake recipes are a closely guarded secret, but the Rosens share a similar blueprint with us that ensures "you'll soon be experiencing the taste of ecstasy." There are no soggy graham-cracker bases here--just a lovely layer of light sponge-cake, which can be prepared in the home kitchen in five simple steps. Then, a bounty of cheesecake toppings are yours, including fresh blueberries, juicy pineapple, decadent chocolate swirl, and even pumpkin. Lest we forget what else Junior's has to offer, the Rosens share recipes for, among others, Baked Meat Loaf with Mushroom Sauce, French Fried Onion Rings, even Matzoh Ball Soup.

Junior's is much more than a diner; it is an experience, an urban retreat where good old-fashioned service still exists, where fantastic food is a guarantee, and where regulars and newcomers are all welcome. If you can't make it there in person, let Welcome to Junior's transport you there with words. --Naomi Gesinger

From Publishers Weekly

Since it opened its door on Election Day 1950, Junior's has been a Brooklyn landmark: a place where politicians and performers eat comfortably alongside teachers and taxi drivers. In this book of New York diner recipes, founder Harry Rosen's sons, Marvin and Walter, team up with author Allen to provide a chatty cookbook/cultural history of the business and its neighborhood. In chapters arranged by decade, from the 1930s to the 1990s, the book maps how the 1929 Enduro Sandwich Shop, which catered to vaudeville and moviegoers during the Depression and to the Brooklyn Navy Yard's 70,000 workers during WWII, evolved into the family-style restaurant that sells about 7000 of its famous cheesecakes a week. Today, Junior's menu reflects the cultural diversity of Brooklyn. From the 1930s are recipes for the standard Matzoh Ball Soup and Chocolate Egg Cream. In the 1950s, the restaurant introduced Old-Fashioned French Toast, made with Challah bread soaked in eggs and sugar for 15 minutes. The 1960s was marked by such selections as the rich Homemade Chili and Big Meatballs with Spaghetti. The desserts stand out; highlights include recipes for Junior's famous, Jewish-style cheesecakes (of the eight included, Junior's Famous No. 1 Pure Cream Cheesecake stands out). Home cooks looking to bring Brooklyn comfort food to the table will enjoy taking this nostalgic tourAand the book's handsome packaging, featuring b&w photos and orange lettering and highlights that reflect Junior's famed orange booths, adds to the pleasure.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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One of the best cookbooks I have ever bought.
Margaret Blehm-Dahl
I've had this cookbook for two years now and its very, very good.
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The recipes are fabulous just like Junior's makes them.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 27, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book several months ago and have used it off and on ever since. Junior's makes those common, simple recipes taste so much better than one might be used to. Standouts for me so far include chocolate chip cookies, brownies, Buffalo wings, and, oddly, the fried chicken! The dipping batter recipe is simply outstanding for frying. It beats the pants off of the traditional flour->buttermilk or egg->cornflakes routine.
I'm finally just getting around to making the cheescake (tonight) and am sure that I will not be disappointed.
Get this book for a slice of fine Americana...
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By J Keistler TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 16, 2001
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I've never been to Brooklyn and was unfamiliar with Junior's until I bought this book through Amazon.
First, I'd like to complement the designer of the book. It's colorful, well organized and fun to read! Too often, cookbooks designed with 'style' become either hard to read or hard to find recipes within. This book has balance.
I didn't buy this book to cook from, I was more interested in the history of the restaurant. The story, beginning with Enduro in the pre-war years, is beautifully written and a joy to read. I've passed it around to several friends who enjoyed it as much as I have.
I've tried a number of the recipes and they are good, though not truly exceptional. I didn't find this surprising, as often restaurant recipes don't translate well to home cooking. Also, we can't discount the value of restaurant atmosphere. I'm certain an institution like Junior's can enhance a simple glass of milk with atmosphere!
And, no, the cheesecake recipe given in the book didn't impress me. I read in another review that this isn't the same as the one at the restaurant and I can believe that. It simply isn't anything special.
Regardless, this is a fun book, full of nostalgic good feelings, and I'm glad I bought it. Certainly, should I get up to Brooklyn, this restaurant will be one of my first stops!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 25, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I recently made the Strawberry Cheesecake, and it was out of this world--best I've ever had. I find the directions to almost all the recipes very clear and easy to follow. The extra-big Tea Biscuits are fabulous, and the recipe for the Vienna Rolls alone is worth the cost of the book. (By the way, the rolls call for malted milk powder, which can be purchased from the King Arthur Catalogue. If you're not familiar with this catalogue, go to their web site; you'll love it.) Our family also enjoyed the Spaghetti with Big Meatballs and Mac and Cheese Pie. If you're looking for big flavor with an emphasis on comfort foods, this book delivers. I'm looking forward to making the Chocolate Fudge Layer Cake for my next birthday. This is one of my favorite cookbooks.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Manley VINE VOICE on March 30, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Perhaps you are like me. I love restaurant recipes. This book more than delivers. This book does a historical breakdown on Junior's as it gives recipes for the most popular dishes of the restaurants 60 plus year tenure. This book contains recipes like Ice Cream Sodas, all sorts of soups, home cooking items like mashed potatoes, meat loaf, potato pancakes. This book has an extensive section on baked goods like their famous cheesecake, brownies, butter cookies, and many more.
The book is well designed and pleasing to look at. The recipes are simple to read, and they taste great. The book also offers a good deal of history and pictures of Brooklyn through out the ages. You don't need to be from this area to enjoy this book.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 26, 2009
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I've had this cookbook for two years now and its very, very good. The recipes work and they taste just like the products you get from Junior's. All my NY friends and family say the cheesecake recipe tastes just like the one from the store. The chicken broth recipe is the best I've ever used at home. I've been a serious cook for thirty years and I know my way around a kitchen. When I purchase a cookbook, I feel fortunate if I use and like one recipe. Most books wind up in the garage. But not this one. Even the bread recipes are good and work well. You want real Jewish NY deli food, this is for you.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 30, 1999
Format: Hardcover
WELCOME TO JUNIOR'S is as much of a nostalgic look back at one of this country's most famous urban communities as it is a cookbook. The authors trace the background of Brooklyn and its many different immigrant groups from the 1800s through the present day. In addition, there is a pleasant narrative of the restaurant's history from its beginnings in a different format in the 1920s through its present-day incarnation. While the authors interweave some US history through it all, their attention to detail is somewhat off--they have FDR dying in the wrong month of 1945, for example, and Martin Luther King, Jr. assassinated in the wrong city.
The recipes, however, are quite good. Not everything will appeal to everyone, but there is enough variety for all of us. Even simple items such as the blueberry muffins have just the right details that make them so much better than what you are probably eating on weekend mornings now! While there is a strong emphasis on baked goods, the entrees such as meat loaf and macaroni & cheese are not to be overlooked. They involve a step or two more than some of us are used to, but they evoke nostalgia & good eating no matter where you call home.
It's good food & good reading, all in one book!
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