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Sample recipes from New York Cookbook

Vernon’s Jamaican Beef Patties

Beef patties are considered a “poor man’s meal” on the island of Jamaica, but in New York, West Indian expatriates yearn for these savory...

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Grandma Dora’s Chopped Liver

Manhattan psychologist Gail Paige-Bowman inherited this recipe from her grandmother Dora. The secret to this extraordinary chopped liver ...

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Marika’s Blini

These light, half-dollar-size buckwheat pancakes are a staple of weddings, funerals, and holidays in Russia. In New York’s Brighton Beach...

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The Four Season’s Salmon Rillettes

This rich, smooth appetizer epitomizes the understated elegance of the restaurant where it was created. It is worth all the effort it tak...

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New York Penicillin

Guardian Angel Curtis Sliwa’s 89-year-old Aunt Marie Stacey still makes this chicken soup in her Howard Beach home and takes it to revive...

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Mrs. Biderman’s Pozole

Beth Biderman learned to make this Mexican fiesta soup from a friend on Martha’s Vineyard who, in turn, learned it in the Taxco region of...

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Eli’s Bread

It takes two days to make the sourdough starter for Eli Zabar’s bread, but once it is made, it can be renewed again and again. Which is a...

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Mohammed’s Flat Bread

Mohammed K Rohzyi moved to New York City from Afghanistan in 1979. Within weeks, he set up a pushcart on the corner of 47th Street and Si...

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Bubbie’s Passover Muffins

These muffins, which taste similar to Yorkshire pudding, are a good accompaniment to brisket and gravy.

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Edna Lewis’ Greens

Edna Lewis observes that “Greens were one of the most important vegetables in the South. They were considered to have great nutritional v...

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Union Square Cafe’s Mashed Turnips with Crispy Shallots

From the time that Union Square Cafe opened in 1985, this rich dish has been converting even avid turnip-haters. It can be served as a ve...

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David (The Latke King) Firestone’s Latkes (In His Own Words)

Every year around Chanukah, David ’The Latke King” Firestone, a journalist, gives a party in honor of the latke in his home in Sunnyside,...

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Wally’s Chopped Salad

This salad is said to have originated at the Palm restaurant, where it’s called the Monday Night Salad. About 20 years ago, when one of t...

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Yoko’s Japanese Salad Dressing

Housewife Yoko Meinhardt-Leye learned to make this delicious dressing from a family cook at her home in Japan, It is wonderful over lettu...

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Mike Gordon’s Lasagne

The foundation of Mike Gordon’s lasagne is traditional, but his addition of tarragon and Marsala wine gives it a sophisticated, intriguin...

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Le Cirque’s Spaghetti Primavera

Sirio Maccioni, the impresario of the restaurant, Le Cirque, in Manhattan, is credited with creating this dish, variations of which have ...

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Lee’s Cold Sesame Noodles

The recipe for these addictive noodles, shown to me by a cook in Chinatown, can be tripled and made ahead of time, refrigerated, and serv...

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Faina Merzlyak’s Potato and Mushroom Pierogi

Faina Merzlyak, a Russian-born nurse now living in Brooklyn, uses yogurt in the dough to give her potato pierogi a clean, tart finish. Th...

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Shun Lee’s BBQ Ribs

Michael Tong moved to the United States from Hong Kong in 1963 and proceeded to meld the Cantonese style of barbecuing pork, ribs, duck, ...

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Luchow’s Sauerbraten

For decades, Luchow’s epitomized haute German New York, and sauerbraten was one of the favored dishes. A version of this recipe originall...

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Bill Blass’ Meat Loaf

Bill Blass says his meat loaf was developed by trial and error. He considers it a success, saying, “I haven’t lost any friends yet.” When...

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Mama Balducci’s Brodetto

Balducci’s is a New York landmark: Tourists go to gawk at the exotic fruits and vegetables (and point out their prices), and New Yorkers ...

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South African Bobotie

Elizabeth Herz was born and raised in South Africa, where her mother cooked with local ingredients (including ostrich eggs). Chicken eggs...

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Laurie Colwin’s Baked Chicken

For eight years, the late novelist Laurie Colwin made this chicken for every dinner party she hosted. Eventually, she said, her guests “a...

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Anne Rosenzweig’s Lobster Club Sandwich

When she established herself as one of the country’s premier women chefs in the 1980s, Anne Rosenzweig created this haute version of the ...

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All-Chocolate Blackout Cake

Using three different formulas from different Ebinger’s incarnations, I developed this recipe for the home cook. This—and eleven other ve...

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Coney Island Fudge

A bite of this fudge will bring back memories of childhood summers at Coney Island-the Cyclone, the Wonder Wheel, the cool sand under the...

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Selma Frishling’s Passover Nut Cake

When Selma Frishling, a retired school teacher, was growing up, Passover cake came around once a year, and Selma was ready. “My mother wa...

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Delicious Butterscotch Chocolate Chunk Cookies

David “the Cookie King” Leiderman says of his cookies: “these are easy to make and absolutely delicious. They develop a butterscotch flav...

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Gertrude Greenberg’s Schnecken

William Greenberg learned to make schnecken from his Aunt Gertrude. He still makes it in his namesake shops and he’s adapted the recipe f...

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