"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...