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The Deli Maven's Cookbook by [Cowles, David W.]
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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!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 349 pages
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  • Publisher: Hadley V. Baxendale & Co. (July 31 2012)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007034J52
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4a6e300) out of 5 stars Fantastic - Don't Miss This One! Jan. 22 2012
By Grandma - Published on
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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. Wonderfully formatted, Cowles has even been thoughtful enough to include links to sources of things like mustard & spice jars and extra information, like the debate over the origins of curry powder. If I have a quibble, it is that he has not discovered yet that the barley malt syrup so necessary for real, authentic bagels is cheaper by far here on Amazon, both Barley Malt Syrup, 16 fl. oz. and Eden Foods Organic Barley Malt.

Highly recommended!
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4abef30) out of 5 stars I'm sooo Goy Jan. 29 2012
By Folina Dubernol - Published on
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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.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4b36cb4) out of 5 stars D W Cowles Deli Master Chef Jan. 23 2012
By KenJac - Published on
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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.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4adb534) out of 5 stars A must have book for serious cooks or just plain deli lovers! March 15 2012
By P. Fox - Published on
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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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4895c78) out of 5 stars Not just a cookbook, an experience! May 2 2012
By K. A. Mims - Published on
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I absolutely love this cookbook and have plans to make my own salami this weekend! But it's more than a cookbook ... from the jokes to the anecdotes, Cowles brings deli alive from the first page to the last. I am fortunate to have friends who have initiated me into proper deli and Cowles clearly knows the real thing. To have these recipes is a genuine jewel. My only disappointment (and not rating the reduction of a star) was that I was really looking forward to a kippered salmon recipe as I prefer that to lox or nova, so I guess that makes me (and some of my friends) non-standard deli patrons. Regardless, great cookbook that is also an entertaining read. Thanks for that!