Even if you didn't grow up eating these foods, sitting down to a helping of slow-cooked beef cholent or potato knish instantly feels like coming home. They are comfort foods, pure and simple. In a recent Saveur article, David Sax visits Jewish delis around the world, getting to the heart of what makes these dishes so good.
Jewish delis can be found around the world, from New York to Budapest and Toronto to Paris. Sax peeks into the kitchens of many of them and shows how the migration of Jewish families from eastern Europe both transformed and preserved traditional dishes.
The online article includes a particularly excellent slideshow of traditional dishes with links to their recipes. Matzo ball soup? It's here. Challah? You got it. You'll want to bookmark this one and work your way through each dish, we promise!
What's your favorite dish from the deli?
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