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The 2nd Ave Deli Cookbook: Recipes and Memories from Abe Lebewohl's Legendary Kitchen Hardcover – October 5, 1999
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Having survived World War II, and, at 19, hungry to succeed, Abe Lebewohl arrived in New York City in 1950, a Jewish immigrant from Russia. His first job was working in a deli on Coney Island. In 1954, he took over the tiny luncheonette near New York's bustling Lower East Side, which he renamed the 2nd Ave. Deli. From that day forward, he looked after his customers (and everyone else he felt needed it) with spontaneous generosity. The stories in this book from his daughter and other people who knew Abe bring to life the passion and love he served along with the best authentic Jewish home cooking--making it clear why he was called the Mayor of Second Avenue. The deli, a magnet for tourists and New York City locals, is now also a memorial to Abe Lebewohl, who was killed in 1996 during a robbery after the restaurant had closed for the night. His daughter wrote this cookbook as a memorial to him, as well as to share the family's recipes for elemental Jewish cooking. Its 166 recipes, black-and-white photographs, and inspiring text make this a joyful celebration by his family and friends. --Dana Jacobi
From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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I've introduced my sons who are 15 and 18 to many of these dishes and so far they have loved every single one of them. The recipes are easy to follow and best of all, they are just about fool-proof. I didn't have any problem with any of the recipes. Just when I think one recipe can't be outdone, I try another and it is just as good.
A MUST HAVE for anyone who wants to learn about jewish cooking and for jews who grew up in NYC and had eastern european family. These foods are the type of jewish cooking that can be appreciated by anyone, even if they are not jewish.
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After all these years this is still my favorite cookbook. But it's more than just a cookbook. The stories made me laugh out loud. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
A nostalgic look at the history of a lower East Side landmark through its food and famous founder. An intriguing read with some important recipes from the deli genre!Published 7 months ago by Maxine Collin
Another great cookbook and fun to read. We remember the 2nd avenue deli with it's ambiance, great food and the best waiters. That's when the lower east side was the best.Published 9 months ago by Ronald Schwartz
I would give it six stars or more if I could. The recipes are terrific and very much remind me of the first 27 years of my life in Brooklyn and New York City.Published 14 months ago by Isabel Cutler
I love it! As soon as I received it I sat down and started reading it and didn't move until I had read it cover to cover.Published 18 months ago by Kelly A Harrington
The book was entertaining in parts, but I wouldn't have bought it if I'd know it was mostly "celebrity" recipes instead of the Deli's recipes.Published 18 months ago by ucadjuster