Stuffed: Adventures of a Restaurant Family

By Patricia Volk
Read by Barbara Rosenblat

7.95 Hours 03/01/2003 unabridged
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Patricia Volk’s delicious, charming, and wildly funny memoir lets us into her big, crazy, loving, cheerful, infuriating, and wonderful family, where you’re never just hungry—you’re starving to death, and you’re never just full—you’re stuffed. Volk’s family fed New York City for one hundred years, from 1888 when her great-grandfather introduced pastrami to America until 1988, when her father closed his garment center restaurant. All along, food was pretty much at the center of their lives. But as seductively as Volk evokes the food, Stuffed is at heart a paean to her quirky, vibrant relatives: her grandmother with the “best legs in Atlantic City”; her grandfather, who invented the wrecking ball; her larger-than-life father, who sculpted snow thrones when other dads were struggling with snowmen. Writing with great freshness and humor, Patricia Volk will leave you hungering to sit down to dinner with her robust family—both for the spectacle and for the food.

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Summary

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Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

An Audie Award Finalist for Best Solo Female Narration

Patricia Volk’s delicious, charming, and wildly funny memoir lets us into her big, crazy, loving, cheerful, infuriating, and wonderful family, where you’re never just hungry—you’re starving to death, and you’re never just full—you’re stuffed.

Volk’s family fed New York City for one hundred years, from 1888 when her great-grandfather introduced pastrami to America until 1988, when her father closed his garment center restaurant. All along, food was pretty much at the center of their lives. But as seductively as Volk evokes the food, Stuffed is at heart a paean to her quirky, vibrant relatives: her grandmother with the “best legs in Atlantic City”; her grandfather, who invented the wrecking ball; her larger-than-life father, who sculpted snow thrones when other dads were struggling with snowmen. Writing with great freshness and humor, Patricia Volk will leave you hungering to sit down to dinner with her robust family—both for the spectacle and for the food.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Taut, sharp...Vibrantly textured...Volk has a gift for seeing the world in a grain of salt.” New York Times Book Review
“Unnervingly delightful...In these gorgeous, generous pages...the sweetness never ends.”  Miami Herald
“What the book really memorializes so beautifully isn’t just a restaurant, or a now-vanished style of eating, but a city in its rich and juicy prime: New York.” New York Magazine
“Volk touches what is special about the lives of each of these extraordinary people, and Rosenblat offers an impassioned reading of this delicious book. Her voice easily carries listeners through the tumultuous tales.” Kliatt
“This is one of those rare performances when the reader ‘becomes’ the narrator. Every word Rosenblat utters is authentic, and her tone, volume, inflection, and remarkable sense of timing bring the story to life…[Stuffed] is funny, touching, and insightful—a description that also aptly fits Rosenblat’s reading.” AudioFile
“Emotionally luxurious and heart gladdening.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author

Author Bio: Patricia Volk

Patricia Volk is the author of the memoir Stuffed: Adventures of a Restaurant Family and four works of fiction. A recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, she has written for the New York Times, the Atlantic, the New Yorker, and Playboy. She lives in New York City.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 7.95
Audience: Adult
Language: English