In a restaurant family, youâ€™re never just hungryâ€”youâ€™re starving to death. And youâ€™re never fullâ€”youâ€™re stuffed. Patricia Volkâ€™s family is as American (background: Austrian-Jewish) as â€śRhapsody in Blue.â€ť They came to these shores determined to make their mark; each of them is a piquant morsel of history. Great-grandfather Sussman Volk brought pastrami to the New World. Grandfather Jacob was known as â€śthe Most Destructive Force on Wall Streetâ€ť and was memorialized by E. B. White as â€śthe greatest wrecker of all timeâ€ť for his innovative method of demolition. Uncle Albert was the first man to stir scallions into cream cheese. The last of Grandfather Herman Morgenâ€™s fourteen restaurants was a famous garment center hangout. One grandmother won the 1916 trophy for â€śBest Legs in Atlantic City.â€ť The other was a three-hundred-pound calendar girl. Ms. Volkâ€™s handsome, demanding restaurateur father invented the Six-color Retractable Pen and Pencil Set and the Double-sided Cigarette Lighter (so you never have to worry which end is up). For three generations, just about every Volk and Morgen (with the exception of Uncle Al, who had an eleven-year affair with Aunt Lil and then refused to marry her because she wasnâ€™t a virgin) has, no matter what the circumstances, exhibited a terrifyingly positive attitude. With a cosmic disdain for the status quo, all of themâ€”the tyrants, do-gooders, lovers, martyrs, and fakesâ€”lived at full tilt. Stuffed is a wildly funny yet unsparing look at how families work.