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?