The Men of the Pacific Street Social Club Cook: Home-Style Recipes and Unforgettable Stories

 
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Men's social clubs have defined Italian-American culture for generations. As the author explains, grandmothers and mothers passed on the family recipes to their sons. When the sons grew up, they prepared the family recipes for each other at clubs like Pacific Street Social Club in East New York in Brooklyn. This proud tradition created a sense of community that is still alive today among Italian Americans.

For anyone who loves Italian food (and who doesn't), this food is anything but pretentious -- it's the comfort food so may of us grew up on. With reminiscences of family and friends throughout and nostalgic black and white photographs accompanying the text, The Men of the Pacific Street Social Club Cook feels as much like a treasured keepsake as a cookbook.

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Gerard Renny comes from a prominent Brooklyn family that includes his granduncle Meade Esposito, chairman of the Democratic Party in Brooklyn from 1969 to 1983. His maternal grandfather and his great-grandparents were Brooklyn restaurateurs, so he literally grew up in the restaurant business. Renny co-owns Brasserie Americaine, at 51 West 64th Street in Manhattan, and Century, one of the premier Art Deco hotels in Miami's South Beach district. He lives in Manhattan and East Hampton with his wife, Carolyn, who is a pastry chef, and three sons.

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