Publish Date: 4/9/19
Author: Mary Giuliani
A big thanks to Netgalley and Running Press for sending me this copy to read for review purposes.
Mary’s utterly unremarkable childhood was everything she didn’t want: hailing from a deeply loving yet overprotective Italian family in an all-Jewish enclave on Long Island. All she wanted was to fit in (be Jewish) and become famous (specifically a cast member on Saturday Night Live). With an easy, natural storytelling sensibility, Mary shares her journey from a cosseted childhood home to the stage and finally to the party, accidentally landing what she now refers to as “the breakthrough role of a lifetime” catering to a glittery list of stars she once hoped to be part of herself.
Fresh, personal, and full of Mary’s humorous, self-deprecating, and can-do attitude against all odds, you’ll want to see where each shiny silver tray of hors d’oeuvres takes her next. You never know when the humble hot dog will be a crucial ingredient in the recipe for success, in building a business or simply making life more delicious.
I enjoyed this read way more than I thought I would. I have seen Mary’s guest appearances on multiple cooking shows throughout the years. She’s hilarious. I was glad to read this memoir. Her stories were quick to read but enjoyable. I loved reading her celebrity awe-struck stories. It’s a great reminder that even our celebrities can become smitten with celebrities themselves.
Yes, it is super short and yes, the stories she recalls are small tidbits of her life but they’re funny. None of the short stories are super important and most of them are stories in good fun but I really did enjoy it anyway.
Also, as a food blogger, I loved the multiple recipes thrown in throughout the book. There are a few I want to try. Mary makes average picky eater foods and makes them into interesting adult-like appetizers. Reading some of these were super interesting.
Any food-lover will enjoy reading Mary’s short tidbits of her life. I suggest this for a very light yet funny read!