Delancey Street in New York conjures up an entire world of Yiddishkeit, “The quality of being Jewish; the Jewish way of life or its customs and practices.” Delancey, and the streets that cross it in the Lower East Side–Ludlow, Essex, Orchard, Rivington, and its “sister” street to the north, Houston Street–are the historical home of Jewish immigrants and thus a cradle of that unique Jewish experience.
All the foods that were brought to America in the early 20th century by Jews during the great emigration from Europe came to the Lower East Side: knishes, bagels, lox, pastrami, whitefish, dill pickles, kasha, herring (in multiple variations), egg creams, and much more. It is an area that continues to undergo rapid change but Eating Delancey hopes to capture forever the Jewish cuisine of the Lower East Side.
Eating Delancey is a compilation of gorgeous photographs of classic Jewish food, with profiles and receipes from classic LES Jewish eateries such as Sammy’s Roumanian Steakhouse, Russ & Daughters Appetizers, Katz’s Delicatessen, Yonah Shimmel Knish Bakery, and Ratner’s. These are complimented by celebrity reminiscences from Martha Stewart (who has a great tzimmes recipe), former mayor Michael Bloomberg, famed editor Ed Kosner, Bette Midler, Itzhak Perlman, Donna Karan, Jerry Seinfeld, Gene Simmons, Sandy Koufax, more.
Aaron Rezny has spent more than 20 years shooting food and tabletop photography. Rezny, the son of Polish immigrants, began his photographic career at an early age and eventually established his own studio in 1979. His photography has been featured in major marketing campaigns for Nestlé, Duncan Hines, Kellogg’s, Russell Stover, Nabisco, and Applebee’s among other brands. His work has also appeared in New York Magazine, Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, and The Wall Street Journal.
Jordan Schaps began his photo-directing career at New York magazine in 1978. Schaps quickly rose to Photography Director at New York and went on to act as concept/creative director of features for InStyle, GQ, The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, and other magazines. Schaps also produced advertorials for Lincoln Motor Cars, JC Penney, and Knoll International. He contributed to the books XXX: 30 Porn Star Portraits (Bulfinch, 2004), and Miami Beach: Blueprint of an Eden (Trans-Atlantic, 2005).