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Daniel Paterna – Feast of the Seven Fishes
December 14, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Daniel Paterna’s Feast of the Seven Fishes: A Brooklyn Memoir on Food and Family celebrates the rich culinary bounty Italian immigrants brought to Brooklyn. A powerful meditative reflection in photographs and interviews on the emotional connections—food, family, neighbohood—between Italy and America, Feast of the Seven Fishes illuminates the deep cultural bond between our immigrant elders and their children.
The power of our immigrant inheritance is expressed in the details Paterna summons—the importance of the neighborhood, the multi-generational visits to the salumiera, and the pescheria—and in the carefully curated family stories and recipes offered here. I identify with this unique portrayal of Paterna’s heartfelt pride of place and family, especially of his mom.
In a Brooklyn of change and gentrification, Paterna’s recipes are a timely reminder that a shared memory of food draws upon and enriches our souls.
-Actor and Director John Turturro