Charlotte Au Chocolat: Memories of a Restaurant Girlhood

Charlotte Au Chocolat: Memories of a Restaurant Girlhood

by Charlotte Silver
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Charlotte Au Chocolat: Memories of a Restaurant Girlhood by Charlotte Silver

Like Eloise growing up in the Plaza Hotel, Charlotte Silver grew up in her mother's restaurant. Located in Harvard Square, Upstairs at the Pudding was a confection of pink linen tablecloths and twinkling chandeliers, a decadent backdrop for childhood. Over dinners of foie gras and Dover sole, always served with a Shirley Temple, Charlotte kept company with a rotating cast of eccentric staff members. Her one constant was her glamorous, indomitable mother, nicknamed "Patton in Pumps," a wasp-waisted woman in cocktail dress and stilettos who shouldered the burden of raising a family and running a kitchen. But when the restaurant—forever teetering on the brink of financial collapse—looks as if it may finally be closing, Charlotte comes to realize the sacrifices her mother has made to keep the family and restaurant afloat and gains a new appreciation of the world her mother has built.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594486500
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/05/2013
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 1,202,343
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Charlotte Silver grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts, before attending Bennington College in Vermont. She studied writing at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and has been published in The New York Times. She lives in New York and Boston.

What People are Saying About This

Margot Livesey

Charlotte Silver has written a love song to a remarkable restaurant and a vanished world. I devoured these pages with the same enthusiasm as the author brings to pheasant's legs and steak tartare on toast. (Margot Livesey, author of Eva Moves the Furniture)

Lily King

Charlotte au Chocolat is simply exquisite. Savor it. Devour it. Silver has taken a cool-eyed, unsentimental look at her unique and strange childhood and made lavish, glorious art of it. (Lily King, author of Father of the Rain)

Allison Hoover Bartlett

Reading Charlotte au Chocolat is like sitting down to a sumptuous, many-coursed dinner—and then, after taking your last bite of Queen Mother's cake—having the pleasure of lingering in the kitchen, where a cast of vivid characters conjures their culinary magic until closing time. A feast of a book! (Allison Hoover Bartlett, author of The Man Who Loved Books Too Much: The True Story of a Thief, a Detective and a World of Literary Obsession)

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"Charlotte au Chocolat is simply exquisite. Savor it. Devour it. Silver has taken a cool-eyed, unsentimental look at her unique and strange childhood and made lavish, glorious art of it."—Lily King, author of Father of the Rain

"Charlotte Silver has written a love song to a remarkable restaurant and a vanished world. I devoured these pages with the same enthusiasm as the author brings to pheasant’s legs and steak tartare on toast."—Margot Livesey, author of Eva Moves the Furniture
 
"Reading Charlotte au Chocolat is like sitting down to a sumptuous, many-coursed dinner—and then, after taking your last bite of Queen Mother's cake, having the pleasure of lingering in the kitchen, where a cast of vivid characters conjures culinary magic until closing time. A feast of a book!"—Allison Hoover Bartlett, author of The Man Who Loved Books Too Much

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Charlotte Au Chocolat 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
ElizabethBenedict More than 1 year ago
I love this book! It's witty, vivid, funny, and so moving - about a girl growing up in a very unconventional way: spending every night at her mother's posh restaurant, located above a club connected to Harvard. It's about having a rich (in event and experience, not money) , unconventional childhood with a bold, brassy mother and a Bohemian father - and it's written with wonderful verve, insight, and wit. The cover, alas, does not do justice to the wit and intelligence - and the wonderful writing.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought it was contrived and read like it was made up.
Dana77 More than 1 year ago
The prologue held such promise. I read a lot of memoirs and this just didn't do it for me. Lacking character development , let alone exploration of the characters in her life makes this book one-dimensional. Where is the life lesson? What am I as a reader / audience supposed to take away from this? As fiction, I might have given this a better review. As a memoir, it's disappointing.
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