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My Search for Lost Time in a Slice of Jewish Rye

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Was it really as good as I remembered?My wife was asking. For years she’d heard me rhapsodize about the rye bread of my youth, and now, after decades of privation, I had before me the genuine article: a sandwich on Gottlieb’s rye.Gottlieb’s Bakery, in downtown Savannah, Ga., had shut its doors in 1994, and I’d left town years before that. It had been more than 30 years since I last tasted its rye bread. It was conceivable that I’d romanticized it in the intervening years.The sandwich at hand was pedestrian: vegan bologna, power-washed greens …

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