'My Korean Deli' on Serious Eats

Serious Reads: 'My Korean Deli,' by Ben Ryder Howe

Convenience stores, bodegas, and delis populate any urban area, and in New York City it seems there can be one—or even two—on every block, hawking cigarettes, groceries, and coffee to impatient city folk. Running such a shop is not a glamorous job, so when Paris Review editor Ben Ryder Howe announced he wanted to invest his family's meager savings in a corner store, he was met with exasperation and confusion. In My Korean Deli: How I Risked My Career and Mortgaged my Future for a Convenience Store, he recounts his tumultuous experiences managing a Brooklyn storefront with the help of his Korean wife and her family. More

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