Patricia Volk

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Narrated By: Barbara Rosenblat

Duration: 7 hours and 57 minutes

What to expect

Patricia Volk's delicious, charming, and wildly funny memoir lets us into her big, crazy, loving, cheerful, infuriating, and wonderful family, where you're never just hungry—you're starving to death, and you're never just full—you're stuffed.

Volk's family fed New York City for one hundred years, from 1888 when her great-grandfather introduced pastrami to America until 1988, when her father closed his garment center restaurant. All along, food was pretty much at the center of their lives. But as seductively as Volk evokes the food, Stuffed is at heart a paean to her quirky, vibrant relatives: her grandmother with the "best legs in Atlantic City"; her grandfather, who invented the wrecking ball; her larger-than-life father, who sculpted snow thrones when other dads were struggling with snowmen. Writing with great freshness and humor, Patricia Volk will leave you hungering to sit down to dinner with her robust family—both for the spectacle and for the food.


Biography: general, Memoirs, National and regional cuisine

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“Taut, sharp...Vibrantly textured...Volk has a gift for seeing the world in a grain of salt.”

New York Times Book Review

“Unnervingly delightful...In these gorgeous, generous pages...the sweetness never ends.” 

Miami Herald

“What the book really memorializes so beautifully isn’t just a restaurant, or a now-vanished style of eating, but a city in its rich and juicy prime: New York.”

New York Magazine

“Volk touches what is special about the lives of each of these extraordinary people, and Rosenblat offers an impassioned reading of this delicious book. Her voice easily carries listeners through the tumultuous tales.”


“This is one of those rare performances when the reader ‘becomes’ the narrator. Every word Rosenblat utters is authentic, and her tone, volume, inflection, and remarkable sense of timing bring the story to life…[Stuffed] is funny, touching, and insightful—a description that also aptly fits Rosenblat’s reading.”


“Emotionally luxurious and heart gladdening.”