It’s telling that the first thing you notice when you open “The Book of Lost Recipes: The Best Signature Dishes From Historic Restaurants Rediscovered,” by Jaya Saxena (Page Street Publishing Co.), is that it’s dedicated not only to the author’s parents, but also to someone named Matt (whom we can only presume is her partner) for, among other things, his “willingness to eat a bunch of weird, historic dishes.”
In ‘The Book of Lost Recipes’, Gary Craig says that Jewish celebrities would come all the way “from uptown” for the restaurant’s chopped liver, which is made with beef liver rather than the traditional chicken liver. This gives it a richness most recipes lack, while the eggs keep it mousse-like in texture.
Some people love ice cream so much, it’s practically their religion. We went through the company’s flavors — old, new, international, and dearly departed — and found that quite a few of them celebrate religious themes. So, ice cream lovers, as the mercury continues to rise, now seems like a good time to pray to Ben & Jerry’s to make these cool, heavenly flavors available to the devoted masses.
When the mercury rises, there is nothing more refreshing than a glass of bracingly cold lemonade. Not even iced coffee quite compares. But there is one drink that manages to improve upon perfection: limonanna — a sweet-tart mashup of lemons, sugar and heaps of fresh mint. Variations on the drink are served throughout the Middle East, but the name was coined in an Israeli advertising campaign in the 1990s. It’s a mixture of the Hebrew words for lemon (limon) and mint (nana).
First, so-square-it’s-hip deli Mamaleh’s opened to raves. Next, the exodus may end for Exodus Bagels, which sells its beloved kettle-boiled product at local farmers markets. A permanent home should open by December, owner Adam Hirsh says. And sauce purveyor Steinbones is looking to open a “Jew…ish-influenced BBQ joint” where smoked short rib pastrami, brisket, latkes, fried matzo balls “and other goodness” will star. Stay tuned.