The House that Herring Built

$25.95

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.

(Shocken Books, Random House)

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 4.9) REVIEWS

I received my package and immediately after opening I HAD to eat one of the herrings. Oh.....so good! Took my mind right back to the streets of Holland where I lived for 4 years.
John H. - Saint Albans, VT
06/25/19
Items shipped promptly, arrived fresh and were of very good quality.
Sanjiv P. - Ellicott City, MD
03/07/19
A New York Deli in Ventura CA, it was so good, very happy with my order, everything was so good. Shared with my family, they really enjoyed it. Thank You Russ & Daughters.
Vicki M. - Ventura, CA
03/09/19
Professional and timely delivery, perfect packaging of amazing product.
Marianna P. - Avila Beach, CA
03/23/19
It was just as delicious as getting it from Russ & Daughters in NYC! It was my surprise for my wife to celebrate our anniversary, and she LOVED it.
Nic B. - Panama City Beach, FL
04/10/19
Order arrived when expected and was packed beautifully! Everyone gobbled it up and asked where it was from. Delicious!
Lindsay A. - Dallas, TX
06/12/19
The flavors we remembered from NYC. Got here quickly and in time to satiate our cravings for bagels, lox, and smoked sturgeon with scallion schmier. Everything was fresh and tasty. Also got some Raspberry Rugelach. An addicting dessert for sure! Thanks Russ & Daughters and Goldbelly for making it possible to enjoy these treats without having to travel so far.
Brad W. - Geneva, FL
07/09/19
Yummy for heavenly bagels and biallies. The Norwegian lox was melting. Cream cheese and scallions just plain delicious. I treat myself and friends about once a month.
Sylvia H. - Arlington, VA
08/09/19
I ordered rye bread, bagels, horseradish cream cheese, and chopped liver. I was pleased with the delivery which arrived as promised; the packaging; and the quality of the ingredients. I have longed especially for the chopped liver and it exceeded my expectations.
Eileen S. - Wappingers Falls, NY
08/30/19
I have severe food allergies and was thrilled to find your cream cheese. It is delicious! The smoked white fish was amazing! The challah and chocolate rogelach were the best I’ve had in years. I’m looking forward to my next purchase.
Alisa B. - Clearwater, FL
09/10/19
The delivered all the right foods I was missing up here at 10,000 feet in Colorado! Absolutely amazing that I can have all of that delivered!! Thank you! We are so happy with that order!
Jason S. - Dillon, CO
09/13/19
Order arrives on time, packed well and safely. Russ and Daughters is delicious for a holiday or every day!
Leslie Z. - Buffalo, NY
10/13/19
Living in South Carolina, I miss Jewish food. Being able to eat bialys and bagels and all the great stuff I ordered is a wonderful treat!
Susan R. - Surfside Beach, SC
10/13/19
This gift package was delivered to us overnight and everything was extremely fresh. There is nothing that could have been better. It was perfect.
Samantha B. - San Diego, CA
10/30/19
My order brought back memories of when we lived in NY and could get all types of foods on every avenue. Chopped liver and Pickled herring, only in NYC!

Liz N. - Halifax, VA
11/25/19