Melissa’s Review: Eat Now; Talk Later by James Vescovi

Eat Now; Talk Later: 52 True Tales of Family, Feasting, and the American Dream

Eat Now; Talk Later 
written by James Vescovi
published by AuthorHouse, 2014

find it here: (affiliate links) Barnes & Noble (Nook), Barnes & Noble (print), AmazonBook Depository, Goodreads

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange  for an honest review.

Did I enjoy this book: 
It’s a lovely little book. My grandparents aren’t quite as colorful as Tony & Desolina (though they do keep breakfast cereal and potato chips in the freezer), but I don’t have any trouble relating to the sentiment in this book. I enjoyed Vescovi’s brand of humor (I’m especially enamored with the answering machine debacle), but I wish he’d have interspersed the pictures and recipes with the stories. I hate waiting until the end for pictures! But anyway.

After reading this book, I’m having two primary thoughts:

  1. I’m hungry, and
  2. I wonder what new technology will baffle me in my old age.


Would I recommend it: It’s an especially good book to take to doctor’s appointments–you can finish one or two stories while you’re waiting without losing momentum.


About the book – from Goodreads:

Prepare yourself for a feast consumed in delicious bites. Stories in this collection can be read before bed, on a lunch hour, or waiting in line. They can even be shared with friends who complain they have enough to read. Together they ask the question, “How do you make modern life run smoothly for parents or grandparents who grew up when oxen were used for plowing, children left school after third grade to tend chickens, and meat was eaten only on religious holidays?

When Tony and Desolina Vescovi arrived in America,they collided with the 20th century. Born around 1900, they were stumped by telephones, banks, fast food, TV wrestling, and supermarkets. It was up to their only child, a son, to serve as their shepherd, and it wasn’t easy For example, how to explain that his job was taking him and his family 700 miles away when, in their day, sons stayed put to work the family farm? Or that it wasn’t wise to hide $10,000 in the bedroom? Or that the ice cream they just tried and enjoyed is called ‘Chubby Hubby’?

This collection of 52 bite-size stories offers a twist on the American immigrant tale and is a testament to love, loyalty, and frequent half-truths. For those who not only like to eat, but love to cook, the book includes recipes. Topping it all off is a collection of family photos.