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Critical Praise

"Julia Pandl cooks up a delicious story that deserves a wide audience."
    — Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of THE DEEP END OF THE OCEAN

"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

"Sweet, simple and often funny."
    — Kirkus Reviews

"A feel-good memoir that combines the best of Reichel’s TENDER AT THE BONE and Haven Kimmel’s A GIRL NAMED ZIPPY. The youngest of nine children, Pandl tells the hilarious and heartwarming story of working alongside her siblings and under her father’s thumb at their family owned restaurant."

"[W]hen an author with Pandl’s wisdom and skill translates her youthful experiences, the results are profound.... A finely wrought reminiscence as well as a guide to raising children with humor, hubris and the belief that from the chaotic constraints of an energetic, entrepreneurial family, self-reliant individuals can emerge."
    — The Louisville Courier-Journal