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Charlotte Au Chocolat: Memories of a Restaurant Girlhood (edition 2012)

by Charlotte Silver

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Title:Charlotte Au Chocolat: Memories of a Restaurant Girlhood
Authors:Charlotte Silver
Info:Riverhead Hardcover (2012), Edition: First Edition, First Printing, Hardcover, 272 pages
Collections:Read in 2012, Read but unowned
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Charlotte Au Chocolat: Memories of a Restaurant Girlhood by Charlotte Silver

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I really wanted to like this more than I did. The writing is good, the story is interesting and yet I found it really easy to put down for several days at a time. And where are the recipes? The author talks about several interesting dishes - red pepper soup, Charlotte au Chocolate, Brioche doughnuts, etc. It would have been nice to have included those recipes. ( )
  bakenquilt | Sep 27, 2013 |
Absolutely charming. ( )
  cat-ballou | Apr 2, 2013 |
This book had potential to be a great read, but it fell flat. I imagine that told from her mother's perspective it would be very compelling. As it were this book reads like an adult has edited a child's diary using better vocaulary. None of the characters were developed, which led to a parade of bland characters. The redundancy of naming favorite foods over and over made me wonder who edited this book, and mentioning that there was a brother in the family, yet ignoring him almost completely leaves the reader unsatisfied with the incomplete attention to the family dynamic. ( )
  knitwit2 | Aug 18, 2012 |
A wistful visit to times gone by in Harvard Square tells the story of Charlotte Silver and the place where she felt most at home. In an interview with The Boston Globe, Ms. Silver said, "This is not a portrait of a woeful or dysfunctional childhood. …It's not a vengeful memoir or an angry memoir. It's really a portrait about the romanticism of childhood, about the very special and romantic state of being a child and the special things a child can observe." Yes, indeed. ( )
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Recounts the author's childhood in her mother's Harvard Square restaurant at the side of a rotating cast of eccentric staff members and her indomitable mother, describing how she grew into an understanding of the sacrifices her mother made to keep the family and restaurant afloat.… (more)

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