Russ & Daughters: Reflections and Recipes from the


Russ & Daughters: Reflections and Recipes from the House That Herring Built ❰BOOKS❯ ✮ Russ & Daughters: Reflections and Recipes from the House That Herring Built Author Mark Russ Federman – Thomashillier.co.uk 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 to New York s The former owner proprietor of Daughters: Reflections PDF/EPUB ¼ the beloved appetizing store on Manhattan s Lower East Side tells the delightful, mouthwatering story of an immigrant family s journey from a pushcart into 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 Russ & Epub / 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 & Daughters: Reflections PDF/EPUB ç 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 people who are just a little bit crazy on the subject of fish.


10 thoughts on “Russ & Daughters: Reflections and Recipes from the House That Herring Built

  1. Stuart Stuart says:

    There s a lot of schmaltz in this tail I m speaking metaphorically here about the fat at the end part of a fish Then again, this memoir is also a fish tale In Russ and Daughters, the third generation owner of an iconic New York herring and lox store waxes nostalgic about the store s history The tone is very conversational Mr Federman is quite the schmoozer and the story is as Jewish as a piece of challah dipped in herring sauce try it, you ll like it, and don t forget to include some onio There s a lot of schmaltz in this tail I m speaking metaphorically here about the fat at the end part of a fish Then again, this memoir is also a fish tale In Russ and Daughters, the third generation owner of an iconic New York herring and lox store waxes nostalgic about the store s history The tone is very conversational Mr Federman is quite the schmoozer and the story is as Jewish as a piece of challah dipped in herring sauce try it, you ll like it, and don t forget to include some onion Federman starts with his grandfather and ends with his own kid and nephew running the store Along the way he includes a few recipes, although I wouldn t at all call this a cook book.Smoked sable, lox, and herring are my kind of food One of my earliest memories is of me eating a piece of herring while my father holds me in his arms According to my father, I was fourteen months old If you re not enad of Jewish appetizing food like this, you re not likely going to find this book interesting But if smoked fish is your favorite dish and your parents or grandparents spoke Yiddish or you speak Yiddish , this book will be a lot of fun I do note that some of the Yiddish in this book isn t at all correct But you don t read this book for the scholarship Some of the stories sound like pure baloney sorry to mix dairy and meat in this review You don t read it for the truth, either You read it for the mood and the corny jokes The biggest problem with this book is that it makes me desperate to find some decent smoked fish or herring Alas, neither can be had within 300 miles of my home, at least Words can only take you so far Where oh where is my smoked sable


  2. Kieran Archer Kieran Archer says:

    In a US city as old as New York and the epicenter of many cultural traditions, both residents of New York and frequent visitors to New York have either familial, historic, or practiced traditions that they stick to For me, as someone who has been visiting New York regularly for over 20 years, Russ and Daughters is part of my tradition.I enjoyed this book for the history it provided to an already historic business Unlike the 21st Century boost of businesses pantomiming historic figures in nam In a US city as old as New York and the epicenter of many cultural traditions, both residents of New York and frequent visitors to New York have either familial, historic, or practiced traditions that they stick to For me, as someone who has been visiting New York regularly for over 20 years, Russ and Daughters is part of my tradition.I enjoyed this book for the history it provided to an already historic business Unlike the 21st Century boost of businesses pantomiming historic figures in name or decoration, Russ and his daughters were real people Russ and Daughters is still family owned and, since this book was written, it has also expanded into a diner with smaller pop ups and a fantastic website Getting a glimpse into the family history, as much as the grandson could gather, as well as the shops history was interesting to see over time To most tourists, Katz s which is no longer family owned a block away isknown on this stretch than older gems and the neighborhood is continuing to gentrify into the unaffordable high rise that is Manhattan But the fact that this spot still holds fast to family customs as outlined in this memoir is a good reminder of the steadfastness of the City as a whole Granted, this is only one perspective of the Russ Daughters history which can be as much lore as it is truth It would have been great to get a few different perspectives added and a better reflection on how the neighborhood is actually operating today Additionally, some of the jargon doesn t quite fluctuate well in contemporary linguistics as various words and phonetic have become archaic for newer generations But it is a memoir and nostalgia is to be expected.3.5 5


  3. Mary Mary says:

    I laughed out loudthan once and had to interrupt my husband s work to read passages to him That is always a good sign Russ and Daughters is an appetizing shop which means they sell smoked fish, candy and other assorted goodies It is not kosher and they are not religious but it is definitely a tale of Jewish life in New York City over four generations Grandpa Russ opened the shop after he immigrated from Poland His daughters and then their spouses joined him at work The author is a g I laughed out loudthan once and had to interrupt my husband s work to read passages to him That is always a good sign Russ and Daughters is an appetizing shop which means they sell smoked fish, candy and other assorted goodies It is not kosher and they are not religious but it is definitely a tale of Jewish life in New York City over four generations Grandpa Russ opened the shop after he immigrated from Poland His daughters and then their spouses joined him at work The author is a grandson and is now retired except to schmooze at the shop while helping out his own daughter and nephew who are the new owners


  4. Jim Willse Jim Willse says:

    If you re a goy with a deep love of Jewish culture and New York history, as I am, this is a delight Mark Russ Federman, grandson of the founder, is an accomplished writer and story teller It s a thin read and gets repetitious in places, but who needs too much herring


  5. Leah Leah says:

    Russ you might hear the same storiesthan once, but the punch lines are always good Just don t try to read the book without a fridge full of lox Russ Daughters the book gives a pretty great sense of what it s like to be inside Russ Daughters the family you might hear the same storiesthan once, but the punch lines are always good Just don t try to read the book without a fridge full of lox


  6. Ellyn Oaksmith Ellyn Oaksmith says:

    This book is a really fun read and comes with recipes, which is always a bonus Not only is it about food, it s very much about the growth of immigrant New York and contains a lot of interesting history The narrator is a little careful not to step on any toes, which is smart but makes the story a little arid sometimes You get the sense that he detours around gossip, which makes for good family politics but leaves one with the feeling that perhaps the whole picture isn t here That being said, This book is a really fun read and comes with recipes, which is always a bonus Not only is it about food, it s very much about the growth of immigrant New York and contains a lot of interesting history The narrator is a little careful not to step on any toes, which is smart but makes the story a little arid sometimes You get the sense that he detours around gossip, which makes for good family politics but leaves one with the feeling that perhaps the whole picture isn t here That being said, this is lively, well written book that weaves around the family and their stories, intertwining it with the development of New York Jewish culture If you like to read about food, this is a great book that will leave you craving lox and bagel After reading this, you ll also know what to look for when you buy your lox


  7. Luciana Botter Luciana Botter says:

    I ve just finished to read this book and I really enjoy it The language and the reading are both easy to understand I am from Brazil, so English is not my mother tongue , and it is an interesting way to knowabout how the jews immigrants from Europe arrived and established life in New York City I was also very entertained by all facts and informations about the jewish culture that Mark Russ shares with us The way he tells the history about his family and the development of the business I ve just finished to read this book and I really enjoy it The language and the reading are both easy to understand I am from Brazil, so English is not my mother tongue , and it is an interesting way to knowabout how the jews immigrants from Europe arrived and established life in New York City I was also very entertained by all facts and informations about the jewish culture that Mark Russ shares with us The way he tells the history about his family and the development of the business are quite amazing I guess it s a huge challenge to keep a family business for so long four generations and with such a great success and the Russes seemed to manage a way to do it, despite big economic crisis and other difficulties they ve faced it


  8. Hillary Hillary says:

    Finally got around to reading this and let me say, once I started, I couldn t stop I had a lot of fun reading about the history of the Russ family, the history of the Lower East Side, the history of the NYC Jews, and the history of herring Plus, RECIPES Perhaps because my husband similarly works as a third generation family member for his family s business, the story of this hard working family and how their business not only survived but thrived, changing with the times as needed, even when Finally got around to reading this and let me say, once I started, I couldn t stop I had a lot of fun reading about the history of the Russ family, the history of the Lower East Side, the history of the NYC Jews, and the history of herring Plus, RECIPES Perhaps because my husband similarly works as a third generation family member for his family s business, the story of this hard working family and how their business not only survived but thrived, changing with the times as needed, even when the older generation thought the younger generation was screwing up, really resonated with me I highly recommend this book


  9. Chana Billet Chana Billet says:

    This fun, enjoyable read features New York s most famous, family owned Jewish appetizing shop From page one, Mark Federman takes the readers on an engagingly written and tantalizing historical walk through time As the readers go behind the scenes of the House that Herring Built, the Lower East Side comes to life From its push cart laden glory to the hipster cafes and yuppie boutiques that define it today, Russ Daughters has survived due to the Russ family s dedication, hard work and abi This fun, enjoyable read features New York s most famous, family owned Jewish appetizing shop From page one, Mark Federman takes the readers on an engagingly written and tantalizing historical walk through time As the readers go behind the scenes of the House that Herring Built, the Lower East Side comes to life From its push cart laden glory to the hipster cafes and yuppie boutiques that define it today, Russ Daughters has survived due to the Russ family s dedication, hard work and ability to, ever so slightly, reinvent itself with the times This memoire is a delight for foodies and non foodies alike


  10. Phillip Frey Phillip Frey says:

    I loved this book It coversthan the last 100 years of Manhattan s Lower East Side, centering mostly on the appetizer store called Russ Daughters Mark Russ Federman, the grandson of the original Russ, impressed me with his writing Included in this history of his store are recipes, along with Yiddish expressions with their meanings You don t have to be of the Jewish faith to enjoy this book Anyone who has enjoyed a bagel and lox sandwich should have a good time reading Russ Daugh I loved this book It coversthan the last 100 years of Manhattan s Lower East Side, centering mostly on the appetizer store called Russ Daughters Mark Russ Federman, the grandson of the original Russ, impressed me with his writing Included in this history of his store are recipes, along with Yiddish expressions with their meanings You don t have to be of the Jewish faith to enjoy this book Anyone who has enjoyed a bagel and lox sandwich should have a good time reading Russ Daughters


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