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Russ & Daughters

Reflections and Recipes From the House That Herring Built
Federman, Mark Russ (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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When Joel Russ started peddling herring from a barrel shortly after his arrival in America from Poland, he could not have imagined that he was giving birth to a gastronomic legend. Here is the story of this "Louvre of lox" (The Sunday Times, London): its humble beginnings, the struggle to keep it going during the Great Depression, the food rationing of World War II, the passing of the torch to the next generation as the flight from the Lower East Side was beginning, the heartbreaking years of neighborhood blight, and the almost miraculous renaissance of an area from which hundreds of other family-owned stores had fled. Mark Russ Federman's reminiscences combine a heartwarming and triumphant immigrant saga with a panoramic history of twentieth-century New York, a meditation on the creation and selling of gourmet food, and an enchanting behind-the-scenes look at four generations of people who are just a little bit crazy on the subject of fish.--From publisher description.
Authors: Federman, Mark Russ
Statement of Responsibility: Mark Russ Federman ; foreword by Calvin Trillin
Title: Russ & Daughters
reflections and recipes from the house that herring built
Publisher: New York : Schocken Books, c2013
Characteristics: xiv, 205 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 23 cm.
Sold by: Schocken Books
Contents: Our history, sliced thin
The family : growing up fishy
The employees : the extended family
The customers : I'll have a quarter pound of lox, one filleted herring, and your kishkes
The neighborhood : from pushcart to posh
The products : what we sell
The holidays : all year round
The business model : our way
The legacy : a burden or a blessing
kvetch or kvell
Summary: When Joel Russ started peddling herring from a barrel shortly after his arrival in America from Poland, he could not have imagined that he was giving birth to a gastronomic legend. Here is the story of this "Louvre of lox" (The Sunday Times, London): its humble beginnings, the struggle to keep it going during the Great Depression, the food rationing of World War II, the passing of the torch to the next generation as the flight from the Lower East Side was beginning, the heartbreaking years of neighborhood blight, and the almost miraculous renaissance of an area from which hundreds of other family-owned stores had fled. Mark Russ Federman's reminiscences combine a heartwarming and triumphant immigrant saga with a panoramic history of twentieth-century New York, a meditation on the creation and selling of gourmet food, and an enchanting behind-the-scenes look at four generations of people who are just a little bit crazy on the subject of fish.--From publisher description.
Subject Headings: Russ & Daughters History Appetizers New York (State) New York Jewish cooking
Genre/Form: Cookbooks
Topical Term: Appetizers
Jewish cooking
Alternate Title: Russ and Daughters
Found in: Lower East Side Heritage Collection (Seward Park Branch)
LCCN: 2012023902
ISBN: 9780805242942
0805242945
Branch Call Number: 641.5676 F
Research Call Number: JFE 13-6882
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The author, grandson of the Russ & Daughters founder, tells the story of this family store and Lower East Side landmark.


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Mar 10, 2013
  • cplatt rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Thiis book will leave you hungry for two things, a nosh & time to reflect on your own family's imprint on a local neighborhood, way of life, and generational change.

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