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Memoir of the Sunday Brunch

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ISBN13: 9781616201722
ISBN10: 161620172x
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For Julia Pandl, the rite of passage into young-adulthood included mandatory service at her familys 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 fathers 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.

Review:

"A witty and affectionate debut from Pandl, an occasional standup comic who first self-published this book in 2011, is rife with colorful recollections of familial adventures at home and at her parents' Milwaukee restaurant, Pandl's. The youngest of nine, the author, now 41, began her restaurant career at 12, and she quickly learned the joys and horrors of working the Sunday brunch (hilarious depictions of panicked pancake-making and hungover fish-deboning are particularly memorable). Her parents, whom she calls Terry and George, are kooky for sure, but when George is in boss mode, he transforms into a twitching, tongs-wielding, dining-room tyrant. But it's all part of the lovable, unforgettable package that is George — which makes Pandl's story all the more poignant as she writes of Terry's illness and death, and later, George's own illness and dependence on his children. Pandl shifts perspectives from daughter and sibling to caregiver and companion; she writes, 'Our parents are planted everywhere in us.' There's much to relate in this worthwhile read, from funny family and workplace tales to thoughtful musings on faith, mortality, and loyalty." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Julia Pandl was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she still lives and works. Memoir of the Sunday Brunch

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N, June 11, 2012 (view all comments by N)
This is a truly wonderful love story of a family. Her stories had me laughing out loud in some places and the sections around a death in the family broke my heart? Julia Pandl wrote just like we feel during such emotional times. I haven't seen grief expressed so well and so creatively before. I never thought I would say that I would read anything by a publisher. But Algonquin is masterful. Their editorial staff is remarkable and I will read anything they do. This is just one fine example of the terrific quality if writing that they publish. Years ago I was part of their Marching & Chowder Society. I'm thrilled to find they have kept their high standards and are still putting out exceptional work.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781616201722
Author:
Pandl, Julia
Publisher:
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20121131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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Product details 256 pages Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill - English 9781616201722 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "A witty and affectionate debut from Pandl, an occasional standup comic who first self-published this book in 2011, is rife with colorful recollections of familial adventures at home and at her parents' Milwaukee restaurant, Pandl's. The youngest of nine, the author, now 41, began her restaurant career at 12, and she quickly learned the joys and horrors of working the Sunday brunch (hilarious depictions of panicked pancake-making and hungover fish-deboning are particularly memorable). Her parents, whom she calls Terry and George, are kooky for sure, but when George is in boss mode, he transforms into a twitching, tongs-wielding, dining-room tyrant. But it's all part of the lovable, unforgettable package that is George — which makes Pandl's story all the more poignant as she writes of Terry's illness and death, and later, George's own illness and dependence on his children. Pandl shifts perspectives from daughter and sibling to caregiver and companion; she writes, 'Our parents are planted everywhere in us.' There's much to relate in this worthwhile read, from funny family and workplace tales to thoughtful musings on faith, mortality, and loyalty." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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