Stuffed by Patricia Volk
Adventures of a Restaurant Family

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Patricia Volk’s delicious memoir lets us into her big, crazy, loving, cheerful, infuriating and wonderful family, where you’re never just hungry–your 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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About Patricia Volk

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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.

Author Residence: New York, NY

Author Hometown: New York, NY
Published December 18, 2007 by Vintage. 260 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Cooking, Business & Economics, Romance, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Non-fiction

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Hers is a Jewish, New York City restaurant family whose members conducted a high-octane love affair with one another—well, all except for Aunt Lil, who “went through life thinking she got the small half.” There are the distant relatives who glitter like stars in the family firmament: the paternal...

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In a series of vignettes remarkable for their humor and insight, she portrays her father's father, Jacob Volk, who invented the wrecking ball and made a fortune in the demolition business;

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Entertainment Weekly

Volk frames the memoir of her multigenerational New York deli-owning family in chapters devoted to dishes, throwing in two recipes for good measure.

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New York Magazine

Patricia Volk's memoir of her family's restaurant is packed with tender morsels, a celebration of the vibrant quirks of our city.

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