Daniel Paterna’s Feast of the Seven Fishes: A Brooklyn-Italian’s Recipes Celebrating Food and Family is a timely reminder that a shared memory of food draws upon and enriches our souls.
In Feast of the Seven Fishes: A Brooklyn Italian’s Recipes Celebrating Food and Family, Daniel Paterna takes you on magical journey into a hidden world. Through recipes handed down in his family, stunning photos taken by the author himself, and three-generations of memories, Paterna reveals the soulful, humorous, and always delicious history of Italian-Americans in Brooklyn.
Paterna is the real deal, a second-generation Italian-American, whose family has preserved their culture from the shores of Naples to the streets of Bensonhurst. He’ll show you how to make long-forgotten recipes like stuffed calamari and he’ll take you to the stores, restaurants, and bakeries where artisans are still doing things the old way.
This is an intensely personal book that powerfully illustrates the essence of the American experience: the ways food, family, and memory are preserved and changed by the immigrants who brought them to our shores, and the children of those immigrants who keep the flame alive.
“This distinctive blend of memoir and cookbook is nostalgia catnip for Italian-Americans.” —Publishers Weekly
“This is a book to be cherished. It may be a love letter to Brooklyn, but every reader will be wrapped in the warmth that rises from each and every page.” —Italian Tribune
“Feast of the Seven Fishes is a mouthwatering trip through south-Brooklyn’s Italian kitchens.” —Brooklyn Book Beat
“You’ll want to sip prosecco and nibble on antipasti to savor this visual love letter to family, Brooklyn and Italy.” —Ambassador Magazine
“Feast of the Seven Fishes is a great pick for those looking for Italian-American recipes and stories of the people behind the food.” —Tara’s Multicultural Table
“This is not your traditional cookbook. This is a story about the importance of family and community told through pictures and recipes. Would I recommend this book? Yes, a thousand percent!” —She Loves Biscotti
“Feast of the Seven Fishes is a delightful tome. It will be appreciated by American readers but equally by overseas booklovers, who will consider this not only a cookbook but also something of a travelogue.” —Mostly Food & Travel Journal
“The book is much more than just recipes for the traditional Christmas Eve dinner of the Seven Fishes. It is a wonderful documentary on his family and the shops and vendors he grew up with. A true celebration.” —Divina Cucina
One of Chowhound’s “Best New Regional & Cultural Cookbooks for Fall 2019”