Katz’s Deli Has a New Photobook Autobiography

Posted on: September 17th, 2013 at 11:21 am by

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Katz’s Delicatessen continues to celebrate its banner 125th year with a finger-licking photo book for your next smorgasbord. Katz’s: Autobiography of a Delicatessen, published by Bauer and Dean Publishers, is a sexy five-pound tome that catalogs a visual history of the classic Lower East Side eatery. Flipping through the 384 colorful pages activated our salivary glands almost immediately.

Current fourth generation owner Jake Dell was behind most of the storytelling; all photos were shot by Baldomero Fernandez.

In addition, the introduction includes some fascinating statistical bites. Here are a few interesting pieces to digest:

  • Average number of bicycle deliveries per week – 200
  • Average number of car deliveries per week – 60
  • Each week 25,000 to 40,000 lbs. of meat are in different stages of pickling
  • Pounds of pastrami served per week – 6,000 to 16,000
  • Number of salamis sent “to your boy in the army” – 100,000
  • Number of hot dogs served per week – 2,000 to 5,000
  • Telephone number in 1933 – DRydock 4-7887

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