Memoir of the Sunday Brunch

Memoir of the Sunday Brunch

by Julia Pandl
Memoir of the Sunday Brunch

Memoir of the Sunday Brunch

by Julia Pandl


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For Julia Pandl, the rite of passage into young-adulthood included mandatory service at her family’s restaurant, where she watched as her father—who was also the chef—ruled with the strictness of a drill sergeant.

At age twelve, Julie was initiated into the rite of the Sunday brunch, a weekly madhouse at her father’s Milwaukee-based restaurant, where she and her eight older siblings before her did service in a situation of controlled chaos, learning the ropes of the family business and, more important, learning life lessons that would shape them for all the years to come. In her wry memoir, she looks back on those formative years, a time not just of growing up but, ultimately, of becoming a source of strength and support as the world her father knew began to change into a tougher, less welcoming place.

Part coming-of-age story a‘ la The Tender Bar, part win- dow into the mysteries of the restaurant business a‘ la Kitchen Confidential, Julie Pandl provides tender wisdom about the bonds between fathers and daughters and about the simple pleasures that lie in the daily ritual of breaking bread. This honest and exuberant memoir marks the debut of a writer who discovers that humor exists in even the smallest details of our lives and that the biggest moments we ever experience can happen behind the pancake station at the Sunday brunch.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781616201722
Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Publication date: 11/13/2012
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 457,184
Product dimensions: 5.62(w) x 8.02(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Julia Pandl was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she still lives and works. Memoir of the Sunday Brunch is her first book. When she is not writing and otherwise working, she moonlights as a stand-up comic. Author website:

Table of Contents

Author's Note ix

Part I 1

1 Blueberry or Plain 3

2 Moving Days 22

3 Driving Lessons 35

4 The Backstory 51

5 Bon Appétit 63

6 Goddamn It, Jeremiah 70

7 Mother's Day 90

8 Rise and Shine 102

9 Walkin'-around Money 119

Part II 139

10 From There to Here 141

11 Shalimar 152

12 The Promise 158

13 Hocus-Pocus 164

14 Assisi 178

15 Church and Brunch 185

16 Three Days 200

17 Swedish Fish 207

18 Stella 229

Afterword 257

Acknowledgments 259

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From the Publisher

“Pandl’s Restaurant in Milwaukee is a Midwest tradition: What makes Julia Pandl’s memoir shine is not only its charm and humor but also its insider’s look at how high standards and love equals extraordinary food. In Memoir of the Sunday Brunch, she cooks up a delicious story that deserves a wide audience. We thank her for the memories.” —Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of The Deep End of the Ocean

“I don’t use the word ‘charming’ often, but that is the word that kept coming to mind as I read Julia Pandl’s memoir. Funny, sad, sweet, inspiring, every page wrapped in genuine emotion and sharp-eyed wisdom, Memoir of the Sunday Brunch is the work of a writer we’ll want to watch.”
—Keith Dixon, author of Cooking for Gracie and The Art of Losing

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