Stuffed: Adventures of a Restaurant Family

Version: Unabridged
Author: Patricia Volk
Narrator: Barbara Rosenblat
Genres: Cooking, Biography & Memoir, Health & Wellness
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: March 2003
# of Units: 7 CDs
Length: 7 hours, 57 minutes
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In this wildly funny and charming memoir, Patricia Volk entertains with a unique perspective of New York in the mid to late twentieth century and of a bigger-than-life family that owned fourteen restaurants, including Morgen's in the garment district.

Volk's family came to these shores determined to make their mark. Great-grandfather Sussman Volk brought pastrami to the New World. Grandfather Jacob was known as the "most destructive force on Wall Street" and was memorialized by E.B. White as "the greatest wrecker of all time" for his innovative method of demolition. Uncle Albert was the first man to stir scallions into cream cheese. The last of Grandfather Herman Morgen's fourteen restaurants was a famous garment center hangout. One grandmother won the 1916 trophy for "Best Legs in Atlantic City." The other was a three-hundred-pound calendar girl. Ms. Volk's handsome, demanding restaurateur father invented the six-color retractable pen and pencil set and the double-sided cigarette lighter (so you never have to worry which end is up). For three generations, just about every Volk and Morgen (with the exception of Uncle Al, who had an eleven-year affair with Aunt Lil and then refused to marry her because she wasn't a virgin) has, no matter what the circumstances. exhibited a terrifyingly positive attitude. With a cosmic disdain for the status quo, all of them—the tyrants, do-gooders, lovers, martyrs, and fakes—lived at full tilt.

Reviews (4)

Stuffed: Adventures

Written by Shelly on August 21st, 2013

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I'm a foodie who had a Jewish grandmother. I was born and raised in Brooklyn and later lived in New York. Maybe that's why this book resonated with me and why I found it so endearing. No matter what your cultural background, if you have a restaurant family, if you're a foodie, or if you have some wacky relative, I think you'll enjoy this book. Right before or after reading it, I'd recommend The Kid Stays in the Picture by Robert Evans, because the author came from the same neighborhood and he is referenced in Stuffed.

Written by stacia starbeck on April 15th, 2013

  • Book Rating: 2/5

To be honest, her life is just not that interesting. Aunt so and so head dirt under her fingernails. This particular dish tastes good.' We like the beach. I gave it a few hours. Perhaps after five or six hours something monumental happens besides grandpa like to buy restaurants

Stuffed: Adventures of a Restaurant Family

Written by Anonymous on August 10th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

What a great book! A book about family and relationships, with an order of laughter on the side. Couldn't wait to get back to the car to listen to more installments!


Written by Anonymous on November 29th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I enjoyed this book, the reader was very good, too. It was funny and sad.

Author Details

Author Details

Volk, Patricia

Patricia Volk is also the author of the novel "White Light" and two collections of short stories, "All It Takes" and "The Yellow Banana," Her stories, book reviews, and essays have appeared in numerous publications, including "The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, New York, The New Yorker, Playboy, Redbook, GQ," "The Quarterly,"" "and "O, The Oprah Magazine," and she was a weekly columnist for New York" Newsday. "She lives in New York City.

"From the Hardcover edition."