Many people can tell horror stories about their teenage or college stints waiting tables. For Debra Ginsberg, struggling writer and single mother, waitressing has been a means of survival - and she has the scars to prove it. In this book - part memoir, part social commentary, part guide on how to behave when dining out - Ginsberg takes readers on ...
Many people can tell horror stories about their teenage or college stints waiting tables. For Debra Ginsberg, struggling writer and single mother, waitressing has been a means of survival - and she has the scars to prove it. In this book - part memoir, part social commentary, part guide on how to behave when dining out - Ginsberg takes readers on an intimate journey of her 20 years as a waitress at the dingiest of diners, a soap-operatic Italian restaurant, an exclusive five-star dining club, and more. While chronicling her parallel evolution as a writer and single mother, the book also takes a behind-the-scenes look at restaurant life - revealing that, yes, when pushed, a server will spit in food, and, no, that's not really decaf you're getting - and at how most people in this business are in a constant state of waiting to do something else.
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Having worked as a dishwasher, I believe most of what she has written without question. The cooks (I never worked anywhere that had actual "chefs") had attitude for sure. Two waitresses feuding? Get OUT of the line-of-fire ASAP! I wish she'd addressed my pet peeve of servers who say "I have (a special chianti, prime filet mignon, etc.) tonight ..." It's "we" not "I" but anyway ... I recommend this one. It's as entertaining, and informative, as others have posted. The earring trick was neat to know.
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