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Love and Marriage by David Sax

Friday, February 12, 2010 | Permalink

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

Cut-out book of Valentines circa 1940.

David Sax, author of Save the Deli, writes for Tablet mag on romance, love, and marriage:

I don’t have plans for Valentine’s Day this year, and to be honest, I’m not likely to make any. No gifts, no reservations, no surprises. It’s not that I love my fiancé less. My adoration of her wit, beauty, and charm grow stronger each day. But we’re getting married this May, and when it comes to romance, nothing stifles it like an engagement. Read On.

Apparently A Lot of People Like Deli?

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 | Permalink

Posted by Libi Adler

People are ranting and raving about David Sax’s Save the Deli! I’ll admit, we here at the Jewish Book Council were intrigued as well.

But now has picked up on this book, and the apparent East Coast-West Coast battle for the best Deli’s.

The Los Angeles Times proudly points out that Sax considers LA the Deli capital. Many would disagree.

What do you think?

Are We Born to Wander?

Wednesday, October 07, 2009 | Permalink

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

Last night the Jewish Book Council attended a wonderful event, thrown by Reboot, called People of the Book: Are We Born to Wander?

The event featured a conversation between A.J. Jacobs, Mark Lamster, Charles London, and David Sax. The event was moderated by the editor-in-chief of Tablet Magazine, Alana Newhouse.

Jacobs, Master, London, and Sax discussed whether or not the Jewish people are innately drawn to wander because they are Jewish and what it is about wandering that feels so Jewish.

Mark Lamster, A.J. Jacobs, Alana Newhouse, David Sax, and Charles London

London discussed his work, and the experience of wandering the world in search of pockets of Jewish communities. Sax discussed the experience of wandering the U.S. in search of Jewish delis. Jacobs discussed the wandering of his mind from one experiment to the next, and the obsessiveness in his projects being a Jewish quality. Lamster questioned why he, as a Jewish man, felt the need to wander into the lives of 17th century Christian men.

To learn more about the wandering of these four authors, be sure to check out each of their books:

A.J. Jacobs: The Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life as an Experiment

Mark Lamster: Master of Shadows: The Secret Diplomatic Career of the Painter Peter Paul Rubens

Charles London: Far from Zion: In Search of a Global Jewish Community

David Sax: Save the Deli: In Search of Perfect Pastrami, Crusty Rye, and the Heart of Jewish Delicatessen

Alana Newhouse: A Living Lens: Photographs of Jewish Life from the Pages of the Forward

Save the Deli!!

Wednesday, October 07, 2009 | Permalink

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

The New York Times looks at the Jewish deli and David Sax’s new book Save the Deli: In Search of Perfect Pastrami, Crusty Rye, and the Heart of Jewish Delicatessen here.

For more information on Save the Deli, as well as upcoming launch events, visit