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Tiny Hot Dogs

A Memoir in Small Bites
Narrated by: Mary Giuliani
Length: 4 hrs and 25 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (32 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From awkward schoolgirl to caterer to the stars, Mary Giuliani weaves together a collection of hilarious memories, from professional growing pains to her long journey to motherhood, never losing her sense of humor and her love for everyone's favorite party food, pigs in a blanket.

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. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Mary Giuliani (P)2019 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Giuliani (The Cocktail Party) hilariously recounts her evolution from a girl with 'one eyebrow' in a Long Island household that 'couldn't be more Italian if we tried' into a successful caterer to the stars who appears on television with Rachael Ray and Ina Garten.... Giuliani's entertaining memoir is packed with satisfying stories and recipes that readers will guiltily enjoy." (Publishers Weekly)

"Mary Giuliani is not a name: it is a promise. Like a guarantee on the box, her name attached to an event, a book, a menu, a meal, is a golden ticket to good times. Mary makes me smile, laugh, cry happy tears, and she always leaves me hungry for more of her wisdom, her humor, and her stories. I raise my glass in a toast to the hostess with the mostest to celebrate this, her most personal, touching, and delicious work yet!" (Rachael Ray)

"No one tells a story like Mary Giuliani and she does it with great recipes, too! To read her deeply personal memoir is to feel that you've connected with a dear friend who's thoughtful, funny, and truly unique. I love this book!" (Ina Garten)

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Story of a white girl whining about everything.

Really wanted to like it, but I couldn't take the first three chapters. Talk about privilege...whining about not being Jewish, whining about the food on her trip to Italy, whining about having her dad push her to go to college, I couldn't listen anymore. This wasnt funny as much as sickening. I get she was just telling her story, but it wasnt for me.

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PDFs please

I really enjoyed this delicious book! How do I find the PDFs for the included recipes on my audible version?

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shares her genuine spirit, too celebrity obsessed

cute and fun in places, but nothing especially memorable. the author is very open and candid about her thoughts and feelings, her genuineness is endearing. but she is celebrity obsessed and too many stories are about some unnamed famous person she once met in passing or hopes to meet one day. she is interesting enough without diminshing her stories by thinking meeting celebrities makes her seem better.

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Real life. And hilarious!!!

I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book but was pleasantly surprised. It was hilarious and totally relatable. If you’re looking for a light hearted read[listen], this is something you’d enjoy. I also love that she shares her recipes with us as well!

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A Must-Read

This is a wonderfully inspiring, life-affirming book, especially for dreamers and creatives, that also has delightful literary and culinary morsels for all readers.