From a fish pickling Polish immigrant to a businessman with a burgeoning national clientele, Mark Russ Federman’s walked an interesting, often difficult path. Russ & Daughters: Reflections and Recipes from the House That Herring Built ($15) spins Federman’s personal reflections and heartwarming anecdotes on the growth of his adored New York City appetizer store. Personally acclaimed by the likes of Martha Stewart and Anthony Bourdain, Reflections and Recipes weaves the story of one family’s devotion to finned food from its single push-cart origins in 1907 to its present-day state of enshrinement. Start with some humble beginnings, mix in the Great Depression, add a heaping scoop of World War II and you’ve got one of the most appetizing American success stories ever told.
The story of a fish pickling prodigy