Harvard Book Store welcomes back Charlotte Silver for a discussion of her first book, Charlotte Au Chocolat: Memories of a Restaurant Girlhood.
On Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 7:00 PM, the bookstore welcomes back Charlotte Silver for a discussion of her first book, Charlotte Au Chocolat: Memories of a Restaurant Girlhood – about her life as a child at Upstairs at the Pudding (now one of our favorite restaurants, Upstairs on the Square.)
From www.harvard.com, the website for Harvard Book Store:
“Like Eloise growing up in the Plaza Hotel, Charlotte Silver grew up in her mother’s restaurant. Located in Harvard Square, Upstairs at the Pudding was a confection of pink linen tablecloths and twinkling chandeliers, a decadent backdrop for childhood. Over dinners of foie gras and Dover sole, always served with a Shirley Temple, Charlotte kept company with a rotating cast of eccentric staff members. After dinner, in her frilly party dress, she often caught a nap under the bar until closing time. Her one constant was her glamorous, indomitable mother, nicknamed “Patton in Pumps,” a wasp-waisted woman in cocktail dress and stilettos who shouldered the burden of raising a family and running a kitchen. Charlotte’s unconventional upbringing takes its toll, and as she grows up she wishes her increasingly busy mother were more of a presence in her life. But when the restaurant-forever teetering on the brink of financial collapse-looks as if it may finally be closing, Charlotte comes to realize the sacrifices her mother has made to keep the family and restaurant afloat and gains a new appreciation of the world her mother has built.
Infectious, charming, and at times wistful, Charlotte au Chocolat is a celebration of the magic of a beautiful presentation and the virtues of good manners, as well as a loving tribute to the author’s mother—a woman who always showed her best face to the world.”
Harvard Book Store is an independently run bookstore located in Harvard Square and has been family-owned since 1932.