Memoir of the Sunday Brunch

Memoir of the Sunday Brunch

by Julia Pandl
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Memoir of the Sunday Brunch by Julia Pandl

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: 9781616201913
Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Publication date: 11/13/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 412,214
File size: 1 MB

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:

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arlenadean More than 1 year ago
Review: "Memoir of the Sunday Brunch" by Julia Pandl was a simple well written memoir that I did enjoy. I found myself laughing at a lots of this funny and heart warming read. This is just a wonderfully written personal memoir of Julia Pandl's family growing up in the Pandl Family Restaurant business. This memoir pays great attention to this eccentric father, George. Julia was the youngest of nine children which left her with her parents ageing just when she is getting more involved more with the family restaurant endeavors. Yes, there was some dysfunctions going on, but isn't in present in most families? It was good to see how this family was able to come together when certain situations were presented. You will find this wonderful novel sometimes not so happy, then down right hilarious and always full of love that played out with great affection. You will find this a personal memoir that will bring out all of the quirks out in this family. I did like the way this author did a part 1 and part 2 of this memoir .Not wanting to tell to much more I would definitely suggest that you pick up this excellent read "Memoir of the Sunday Brunch" to see what all this is about in its touching tribute of Julia's wonderful parents. If you are looking for a good novel that is full of laughter,some crying and maybe just find yourself have come to the right novel and I would recommend "Memoir of the Sunday Brunch" to you as a excellent read.
bookchickdi More than 1 year ago
Julia Pandl is the youngest of nine children born to George and Teresa Pandl. Her dad owned a restaurant in Milwaukee, and every Sunday each child was expected to work the famous Sunday brunch. She recounts this life in Memoir of the Sunday Brunch. I have to tell you how much I loved this book! You not only get an insider's look at what a tough life the restaurant business is, you also get a wonderful, honest look at life in a big Catholic Midwestern family, and Julia's relationship with her tough, loving father is so beautifully written it will make you want to give your own dad a hug. George not only loved food, family and the church, he was a voracious reader. He even read during mass, though they were always books with a religious theme, to be fair. He was a huge presence in his family's life, and Julia loved him very much, even though he was always trying to feed food to his family that was leftover from the restaurant- as in leftover from months and years ago. When she was fourteen, she asked if she could drive them to the restaurant, and George let her drive a little bit further each week, until soon she was driving them all the way. These rides cemented their close, loving relationship. Working the brunch was not easy. Julia's first job was picking up trash in the parking lot. Next she moved onto peeling shrimp, and soon her job was making the pancakes for the line. As someone who owned a fast food restaurant, this section of the book had a special appeal for me. As a Catholic, I also enjoyed reading about how the Pandl's faith informed their life. Terry had religious statues, rosaries and funeral cards all over the house. Terry is not a big part of the book until she loses a foot to diabetes. Julia's relationship with her mother seems to deepen as she helps to care for her aging parents. The end of the book is very moving. Julia and her siblings must deal with her parents' serious illnesses, and these last few chapters are something that will make everyone reflect upon their own parents, as this is something that most of us will face at some point in our lives. There is so much to love here in Memoir of the Sunday Brunch. Julia Pandl writes from the heart; with all the fun, the joy, the fighting, the hard work, the love, and the sorrow that living in a big family brings. This is one of my favorite book of this year, and it makes me appreciate my family even more.
LisaLickel0 More than 1 year ago
More of a personal journey and family biography. The author shares her restaurateur family's life story during her coming of age years as the last of nine children, all raised in the shadow of Pandl's restaurant in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area during the eighties. Nice look back, interesting family. Good for those who were familiar with the restaurant and the others mentioned along the Lake Michigan coast.
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Poignant family stories told with various emotions.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even if you never ate at the restaurant or know the Pandl family, Julie's writing style is fabulous. She is hilarious.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having eaten in their restaurant I was curious about the family and was not disappointed. Julia tells a great story and I love her sense of humor.