They're as purely American (background: Austrian-Jewish) as Rhapsody in Blue. Each one of them is a piquant morsel of history. Great-Grandfather Sussman Volk brought pastrami to the New World. Grandfather Jacob was known as the most destructive force on Wall Street and was memorialized by E. B. White as the greatest wrecker of all time for his innovative approach to demolition. Great-Uncle Albert was the first man to stir scallions into cream cheese. Grandfather Herman Morgen's last of 14 restaurants was a famous hangout. And so it goes!
Being with them is a trip to the spa, a balm to the soul, a double martiniÐand a hilarious yet unsparing look at how families work.