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The House that Herring Built

The House that Herring Built

RUSS & DAUGHTERS: Reflections and Recipes from the House That Herring Built by Mark Russ Federman; Foreword by Calvin Trillin

The former owner/proprietor of the beloved appetizing store on Manhattan’s Lower East Side tells the delightful, mouthwatering story of an immigrant family’s journey from a pushcart in 1907 to "New York’s most hallowed shrine to the miracle of caviar, smoked salmon, ethereal herring, and silken chopped liver" (The New York Times Magazine).

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.

Filled with delightful anecdotes about how a ferociously hardworking family turned a passion for selling perfectly smoked and pickled fish into an institution with a devoted national clientele, 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 by a family that has mastered this art, and an enchanting behind-the-scenes look at four generations of the Russ & Daughters family.

*BOOK TOUR*
11/3/13: LA JOLLA, CA
Lawrence Family JCC
10:00 a.m.
With Paula Shoyer

11/7/13: WEST HARTFORD, CT
Mandell JCC
7:00 p.m.
With Jamie Geller and Allen Salkin

11/10/13: ROCKVILLE, MD
JCC of Greater Washington
9:30 a.m.

11/18/13: OCEANSIDE, NY
Temple Avodah
7:30 p.m.

11/19/13: EAST HILLS, NY
Sid Jacobson JCC
10:30 a.m.

12/8/13: GETZVILLE, NY
JCC of Greater Buffalo
7:30 p.m.

1/5/14: SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ
JCC of Central New Jersey
10:00 a.m.

1/21/14: ARMONK, NY
Congregation B’nai Yisrael
7:00 p.m.

2/5/14: BOCA RATON, FL
B’nai Torah Congregation
3:00 p.m.

2/11/14: GREENWICH, CT
Temple Sholom
12:00 p.m.

3/2/14: PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL
JCC of the Greater Palm Beaches
10:00 a.m.

3/2/14: BOYNTON BEACH, FL
Ross JCC of the Greater Palm Beaches
5:00 p.m.

3/30/14: STATEN ISLAND, NY
Hillel at the College of Staten Island
11:00 a.m.

4/3/14: WOODBRIDGE, CT
JCC of Greater New Haven
7:30 p.m.

5/4/14: LOS ANGELES, CA
American Jewish University
4:00 p.m.
with Ori Brafman, Ilana Edelstein, and Allen Salkin

(Shocken Books, Random House)

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