Russ & Daughters: Reflections and Recipes from the House That Herring Built
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 witnessing the birth of a gastronomic legend.
Here is the story of this "Louvre of lox" from its humble beginnings through the Great Depression, the food rationing of World War II, the passing of the torch to the next generation just as the flight from the Lower East Side to the suburbs 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 international 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 people who are just a little but crazy on the subject of fish.
This is a BOOK TALK moderated by Suzanne Wasserman, the Director of the Gotham Center.
*The Book Talk is from 6:30pm - 7:30pm. There will be a Q & A following the book talk which will end at 8:00pm. You can leave before the Q & A if you like.
The Gotham Center for New York City History
The Graduate Center - CUNY
Elebash Recital Hall
365 5th Avenue/between 34th & 35th Street
***MEET IN THE MAIN LOBBY at 5:45pm so we can all go in together. PLEASE DO NOT GO TO THE AUDITORIUM WITHOUT US unless you are late and we are no longer in the lobby.
Tickets are RESERVED in my name and you need to say my name to get your ticket and go inside. SEATS HAVE MY NAME ON THEM.
I have reserved 20 seats, Center Section, beginning on the left aisle. My name is on the seats. If we are a lot less than 20, we will be in the center of the row.
*If you are later than 6:15, the Director, Susan Wasserman, will give away the seats since it is general admission, first come, first served.
I hope you can join us for this fun event!
B/D/F/M/N/Q/R to 34th Street/Herald Square. Walk 5 minutes to CUNY Graduate Center
***Back of the train if travelling from Queens
Meetup Fee: $2.00 to help defray the cost of maintaining the group.
Perfume Allergy: Please refrain from wearing perfume. Thank you.