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Mar 2, 2010 12:46 PM

An interview on the origins of Montreal style smoked meat [moved from Quebec]

I just came across this fascinating interview, published in McGill University's Cuizine magazine.

Montreal-Style Smoked Meat
An interview with Eiran Harris conducted by Lara Rabinovitch,
with the cooperation of the Jewish Public Library Archives of Montreal.

Inaccurate information did not originate with the internet. For many years deli lovers argued about the origins of Montreal-style Jewish smoked meat; was it Old Man Wiseman or Old Man Kravitz who introduced it? Well, it was neither. In 1911, 63-year-old Wolf Wiseman, father of highly respected doctor Max Wiseman, placed an ad in the Yiddish language daily, the Keneder Adler, in which he proclaimed: “News for Smoked Meat lovers. Your old familiar sausage dealer makes known to the deserving public that he opened a first class delicatessen store at 35 Ontario Street West, where he will sell the best smoked meat, corned beef, salami sausage, and canned goods.”

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    1. re: Shattered

      Ditto. This is very cool indeed.

    2. it's very hard to imagine an original source to anything. Just think, all music probably started with a stick against a hollow tree somewhere or in many places at different times. Montreal smoked meat didn't come out of thin air by one person. And, in case you didn't know, Edison didn't invent the lightbulb.
      Propriety doesn't exist in anything.

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        1. Thanks so much for unearthing this and sharing it here.

          1. But that does not explain where the first Montreal Smoked meat Sandwich comes from ?
            I'm thinking Myer Dunn in 1927, now know as Dunn's Famous on Metcalfe ?

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            1. re: deanmarc

              I think Eiran Harris would disagree. She mentions in her interview smoked-meat sandwiches being sold as early as 1908. And I suspect the earlier delis she mentions were selling smoked meat sandwiches as well.