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Dig into tasty tales of the Jewish deli, regional cuisine

Dig into tasty tales of the Jewish deli, regional cuisine

"Pastrami on Rye: An Overstuffed History of the Jewish Deli"

New York University Press, $26.95

Few things are as quintessentially New York as the Jewish deli, a fixture that has appeared in countless television shows and movies ("I'll have what she's having"). It's a familiar place, no matter where you come from.

In "Pastrami on Rye," author Ted Merwin captures the essence of the New York deli experience: the hustle and bustle, the intimate interactions between customers and staff, and the constant wise-cracking of the waiters. Merwin recalls the "mouthwatering" food he grew up with in Great Neck, Long...

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