Stuffed : Growing Up in a Restaurant Family

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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 more

Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 134 x 182 x 20mm | 258.55g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • portraits
  • 0747561710
  • 9780747561712
  • 723,798

Review quote

: "Taut, sharp... Vibrantly textured. . . . Volk has a gift for seeing the world in a grain of salt." --"The New York Times Book Review""This funny, hearbreaking book is good enough to eat. A whole lost world is conjured up here, with a vitality and love of daily life that has no time for sentimentality." -Philip Lopate "My nominee for Book of the Year. . . It's funny, it's affecting, it's wise, it's New York, it's close to the bone, it's wonderfully well-written. Above all, it's about how a real family functions." -Michael M. Thomas, "The New York Observer ""The message of Volk's loopy, generous memoir, "Stuffed, "is that there is no such thing as too much food or too much feeling. . . . "Stuffed "is just what a good restaurant meal should be-soaked in atmosphere, full of strong flavors, handsome on the plate." --"Los Angeles Times" "Unnervingly delightful. . . . In these gorgeous, generous pages . . . the sweetness never ends." "-The Miami Herald"show more

About Patricia Volk

Patricia Volk is the author of one novel and two collections of short stories. She is a contributor to the NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE, THE NEW YORKER, PLAYBOY, GQ and was a weekly columnist for NEW YORK NEWSDAY. She lives in New York more

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1,319 ratings
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3 33% (437)
2 11% (141)
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