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Stuffed: Growing Up in a Restaurant Family Paperback – April 7, 2003
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'We were a restaurant family, four generations in a six-block radius. When you opened our fridge, food fell on your feet.' Three generations of Patricia Volk's family have been in the restaurant business. Her hallway was the colour of ball-park mustard, the living room was cocoa and the floor was like Genoa salami. At Morgen's, the famous restaurant in the garment district which her grandfather started and which her father ran, she was the princess. Waiters winked at her and twirled her napkin up high before draping it on her lap and when she wanted a hamburger, her grandfather would grind the steak himself. In "Stuffed", Patricia Volk marvellously evokes everyday life in a New York Jewish family and what it was like to grow up around an old fashioned family run restaurant. Wildly entertaining, this is a wonderful portrait of a fabulous family and a charming recreation of a lost era.
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You wouldn't want to know these people-- except for Nana Polly and Audrey most were really dreadful folks-- and you certainly wouldn't want to work for any of them but it's a fascinating peep into a world most of us are totally unfamiliar with. If you like books about New York, or foodie books or just love a juicy memoir Stuffed will satisfy.
So far, I am really pretty bored with this book and I LOVE memoirs. They don't have to be about famous people; I just expect them to be interestingly written.
But what made me write the review so quickly was this line ( when the author is describing her sister's aversion to smoked salmon) : "My sister had been traumatized by a sea robin he (her father) caught when she was three and put on her Mae West." WHAT DOES THIS MEAN? ?? I am seriously so annoyed and confused by this line - maybe I just am missing something? What also ticks me off is I bought another book by this author about fashion....uggggggg