The Dairy Restaurant

The Dairy Restaurant Review

Ben Katchor retells the history of where we choose to eat--a history that starts with the first man who was allowed to enter a walled garden and encouraged by the garden's owner to enjoy its fruits. He examines the biblical milk-and-meat taboo, the first vegetarian practices, and the invention of the restaurant. Through text and drawings, Katchor illuminates the historical confluence of events and ideas that led to the development of a "milekhdike (dairy) personality" and the proliferation of dairy restaurants in America, and he recollects his own experiences in many of these iconic restaurants just before they disappeared.

PART OF THE JEWISH ENCOUNTERS SERIES

Title:The Dairy Restaurant
Edition Language:English

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    The Dairy Restaurant Reviews

  • Geoff

    This was a really disorienting book to read. I'm not sure if it was the start of the narrative in a garden of Eden recast as a restaurant, but I spent much of the book wondering if what I was reading ...

  • Mandy

    This exploration and celebration of the iconic American dairy restaurant is both enlightening and entertaining. These once popular restaurants flourished in New York City and elsewhere in the late 180...

  • Dora Okeyo

    I love how this book took me down the lanes of history, beginning from the Bible- the Garden of Eden- giving an historical and Biblical account of Jewish tradition of dairy eating- and the laws that i...

  • Helen

    Katchor, although he’s older than I am, had much the same experience with dairy restaurants in New York - by the time he discovered them, they were almost gone, or closed soon after. I remember goin...

  • Evalina

    Given the title of this book and my interest in culinary history, I was definitely looking forward to reading this book. There is a saying that you should never judge a book by its cover. That is defi...

  • Jack

    A surprisingly quick read for a nearly 500 page book.The book begins in the Garden of Eden and is a retelling of Genesis from the perspective of food. It eventually becomes a history of kosher and non...

  • David

    A tasty scrapbook of Jewish food lore and dietary practices, powered by obsessive research in New York's newspaper archives and stuffed with illustrations in Katchor's signature ink wash style. At tim...

  • Malcolm

    Starts with a fascinating modern re-telling of the expulsion of Adam & Eve from Paradise. Proceeds through the evolution of the restaurant with a strong focus on Jewish dietary rules. And finishes wit...

  • Red

    As exhaustive as Katchor's fascinating museum cafeteria lectures, you'll read Saul Bellow's compare of NY and Chicago dairy/deli (I concurred long ago..), and look at menus containing tomato herring s...

  • Cheryl Sokoloff

    I absolutely loved this comprehensive review of the concept of the dairy restaurant. The book really fascinated me and helped me through some long days of covid19 quarantine. I am not quite finished r...