Monday, August 20, 2012

Charlotte au Chocolat: Memories of a Restaurant Girlhood

by Charlotte Silver

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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