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Eating Delancey 

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New York's Lower East Side is not only a location, but also a state of mind. Woodstock native Aaron Rezny captures the je ne sais quoi of the storied neighborhood through reflections and photographs in his new book Eating Delancey: A Celebration of Jewish Food (Powerhouse Books, 2014). A book dedicated to eating traditional Eastern European Jewish food is not only filled with handfuls of recipes, but it's also rounded out with enticing photos of entrees, nostalgic flashes of old New York, and loving memories of being "a New York City kid." Rezny and co-author Jordan Schaps invite a community of celebrities and notable names to muse over the bond they share with the mom-and-pop Jewish restaurants that populated the Lower East Side prior to the "hipster" era of grand-scale gentrification. Contributors include documentary filmmaker Michael Levine, writer Dan Shaw, and fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi, with an introduction from the late Joan Rivers. Flipping through the pages of Eating Delancey, expect to find classic photos of Jewish market storefronts that portray the perfect blend of an Eastern European and all-American spirit, paired with savory images of authentic Jewish foods such as rugelach, potato latkes, and challah. As the Passover proverb that's quoted at the end of the book puts it, "They tried to kill us. We survived. Let's eat."

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