Russ & Daughters

Reflections and Recipes From the House That Herring Built

Federman, Mark Russ

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Russ & Daughters
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.

Publisher: New York : Schocken Books, c2013
ISBN: 9780805242942
Branch Call Number: 641.5676 F
Characteristics: xiv, 205 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 23 cm.
Alternate Title: Russ and Daughters


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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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