Food evokes a sense of nostalgia that can transport you to the past while tantalizing in the present. Every recipe has an origin, a story of its discovery, but so rarely do we know the history behind the food in which we indulge. Connie Ruel- Recent Food Network contestant and winner of Restaurant of the Year- shares memoirs of her international food experiences and the antics of her unique restaurant family who, in addition to running high profile restaurants, dabbled in Vaudeville, Hollywood movies, the Mafia and other fascinating adventures. Crossing three continents and spanning three generations, each story is a catalyst for a concoction to tantalize your senses and build your culinary know how. Passions of a Restaurateur features photos, keepsakes and over 60 mouthwatering recipes, some traditional and some innovative, all as diverse as the stories that inspired them.