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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (766 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patricia Volk Narrator: Barbara Rosenblat Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “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

  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • An Audie Award Finalist for Best Solo Female Narration

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Marilou | 2/20/2014

    " Actually listening on cd but wanted the cover to show. It's very poignant, sweet, bittersweet. Yesterday, after Disc 2, I finally gave up on this because the stories were so intense, so full of description, so filled with large portions of personalities that I could not finish it. Perhaps I could have finished if I had read it rather than listened to it. But, I felt the way I do after a large piece of fudge-overwhelmed with cloying sweetness. I know it would be a good read, a nibble at a time, but I am currently stuffed! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Wendy | 2/15/2014

    " An overview of her family with an emphasis on the foods they cooked and ate, this was a good book. Almost every chapter focused on a different family member. The only disappointment is that there was so much focus on the negative memories that the author and her parents had of their relatives, instead of the happy memories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jennifer | 2/13/2014

    " An interesting memoir of e family who brought pastrami to NYC. Very sweet, very readable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jeanette | 2/9/2014

    " Not terrible, but I honestly doubt I'd have stayed with it if I had it in print rather than audio. With the subtitle, I guess I thought there'd be more about time spent in the actual restaurants and the running thereof. For most of the book she devotes one chapter to each eccentric Jewish New York relative, mostly great-aunts and great-uncles but also parents, grandparents, sister, and beloved long-term housekeeper. Parts of it are pretty interesting and/or funny, but I think someone who is Jewish or from New York or both would enjoy this much more than I. "

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About the Author

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.