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

By Charlotte Silver

Like Eloise transforming into up within the Plaza resort, Charlotte Silver grew up in her mother's eating place. situated in Harvard sq., Upstairs on the Pudding was once a confection of crimson linen tablecloths and twinkling chandeliers, a decadent backdrop for early life. Over dinners of foie gras and Dover sole, continually served with a Shirley Temple, Charlotte saved corporation with a rotating solid of eccentric employees contributors. Her one consistent used to be her glamorous, indomitable mom, nicknamed "Patton in Pumps," a wasp-waisted girl in cocktail costume and stilettos who shouldered the weight of elevating a relatives and working a kitchen. but if the restaurant—forever teetering near to monetary collapse—looks as though it can ultimately be last, Charlotte involves detect the sacrifices her mom has made to maintain the relatives and eating place afloat and profits a brand new appreciation of the area her mom has outfitted.

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