SLIDE SHOW: At Delis, the Rosh Hashana Rush

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Chopped liver is a staple of the Ashkenazi repertoire, and commonly found as an appetizer on the Rosh Hashanah table. Delis make some of the best chopped liver around, because they still use schmaltz, or rendered chicken fat, which imparts a creamy texture and silken taste. David Apfelbaum, of David's Delicatessen in San Francisco, shows off his chopped liver, which contains reference to a twisted joke of his. On his menu, David claims his livers are "chopped 1179 times." When pressed about this, he'll roll up his sleeve to reveal the 1179 the SS tattooed into his arm at Auschwitz. Is a joke tasteless if it results in such tasty chopped liver?


David Sax surveys holiday dishes from Florida to San Francisco in
At Delis, the Rosh Hashana Rush .

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David Sax is the author of Save the Deli: In Search of Perfect Pastrami, Crusty Rye, and the Heart of Jewish Delicatessen (published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on October 19th). He also runs the blog savethedeli.com and works as a freelance journalist in New York.close

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