Charlotte Au Chocolat

Charlotte Au Chocolat

Memories of A Restaurant Girlhood

Book - 2012
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Recounts the author's childhood in her mother's Harvard Square restaurant at the side of a rotating cast of eccentric staff members and her indomitable mother, describing how she grew into an understanding of the sacrifices her mother made to keep the family and restaurant afloat.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2012
ISBN: 9781594488153
1594488150
Branch Call Number: 647.9574 SILVER
Characteristics: 258 p. ; 19 cm

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jeanner222 Aug 17, 2012

Charlotte Silver’s parents owned a restaurant in Harvard Square, Upstairs at the Pudding. Yes, it was located above the famed Hasty Pudding Club.

This memoir recalls Charlotte’s childhood spent at the Pudding: drinking Shirley Temples, sleeping under the bar, and wearing pretty taffeta dresses. The demise of her parents’ marriage is discussed, as well as the decline of the restaurant’s financial viability.

I wanted this to be a memoir about food. It is not. An inordinate amount of ink has been devoted to this girl’s apparel. And who cares about that?

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