Save the Deli

Hollywood Delis in Vanity Fair and Caplansky’s secret in Daily XY

The press volume is ramping up as the book release is just over a month away.

Got back from a surf trip last night (yes, the waves were good), to find the October issue of Vanity Fair in my mailbox. There, on page 126 (which is after about 100 pages of Givenchy and Prada ads), was a little article I wrote for the lovely Punch Hutton called “Hollywood Nosh Spots: Meeting, Greeting, and Eating” about the nexus of Hollywood power and matzo ball soup in LA’s Jewish delis.

I’ve scanned it here, for your amusement. Click on it to see the scan in a separate window.


But wait, there’s more.

Because today in, there’s an article of mine pulling the secret of Zane Caplansky’s famed smoked meat out of the man himself. I’m going to do a larger Caplansky’s 2.0 post shortly (just need one more visit), but this should whet your appetite.

DIY Deli: Caplansky’s Secret to Perfect Smoked Meat

The man behind Toronto’s best deli offers the secrets to smoked meat perfection.

Since opening Caplansky’s in Little Italy last year, Zane Caplansky has been delighting carnivores with his unique brand of smoked meat. Last week, Caplansky opened a new expanded location, serving his trademark sandwiches alongside deli classics like kishka and chopped liver. David Sax, author of the forthcoming book, Save the Deli, convinced Caplansky to share his recipe for smoked meat perfection.

1. Buy a fatty double brisket. Rub with three parts Tender Quick pickling salt and one part coarse sugar. Place fat side down in Tupperware, then coat the rest with four parts black pepper, and one part each coriander seed, mustard seed, celery seed, and dill seed, all ground together and mixed with dried garlic and onion flakes.

2. Refrigerate meat. Turn and massage daily.

3. After two weeks, remove meat and drain the liquid. Fill the container with cold water, and submerge the meat for three hours. Drain and refrigerate overnight, uncovered.

4. Rub with another generous layer of spice, and heat the smoker to 180?F – 200?F. Cook for eight to nine hours. If you don’t have a smoker (they’re cheap) fill a tray with wet wood chips, cover with foil, and place next to your brisket on the barbecue (heating the wood, not the brisket).

5. Cool the meat, then steam it, covered, for three hours over a large pot of boiling water on a rack. Meat should be soft enough to sink a carving fork into effortlessly, but not flaking apart.

6. Carve it while hot, against the grain, with a carving fork and knife. Serve on rye bread with mustard.

Caplansky’s, 356 College St., 416-500-3852.

Stay tuned for details on a DailyXY-sponsored launch party for Sax’s book, Save the Deli, which comes out next month. Caplansky’s smoked meat will surely be involved.

10 Responses to “Hollywood Delis in Vanity Fair and Caplansky’s secret in Daily XY”

  1. Pastramiking Says:

    No mention of Langer’s???? Travesty. I guess celebs don’t get caught on the edge of MacArthur park. Seedy neighborhood for sure, but the pastrami is worth it.

  2. Jerry Davis Says:

    Famous Deli in Holland Pa. is opened. The Deli closed because the owners also owned a bar next to the Deli which caused money problems. The bar was sold and the Deli reopened. I don’t know if both partners are still with the Deli. The Deli has excellent meats. it’s the best in Bucks County, Pa.

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