"The other shoe finally drops. The front-of-the-house version of "Kitchen Confidential"; a painfully funny, excruciatingly true-life account of the waiter's life. As useful as it is entertaining. You will never look at your waiter the same way again . . . and will never tip less than 20 percent."--Anthony Bourdain, author of "Kitchen Confidential. ...
"The other shoe finally drops. The front-of-the-house version of "Kitchen Confidential"; a painfully funny, excruciatingly true-life account of the waiter's life. As useful as it is entertaining. You will never look at your waiter the same way again . . . and will never tip less than 20 percent."--Anthony Bourdain, author of "Kitchen Confidential." Unabridged. 9 CDs.
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I picked up this book out of curiousity after discovering it was written by an old college friend. I had never read his blog, and I've never been a waiter, so I really didn't know what to expect. It turned out that I was totally engrossed by his story. On one level it is a behind the scenes peek at life as a waiter in a fine restaurant, and this is by turns amusing, disgusting, revealing, and moving. At the same time there is the personal story of the waiter struggling with self-doubt, anger, regret, and,eventually hope for a better future. He truly is an everyman for those of us approaching middle age in America today.
Jul 30, 2009
A nice companion book to Anthony Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential but I wouldn't read them back to back. It might be "too much" to handle all at once. Although one GR reviewer stated that compared to Bourdain's book, Dublanica's seemed like a "whiney rant" there is a major difference. As a waiter, Dublanica has to deal directly with the public without a place to hide and is forced to "be nice" in the face of adversity. And as someone who works directly with the public I think Dublanica definitely deserves the right to rant. I tore through this one fairly quickly. It took me a little time to get used to Dublanica's acerbic style but I think that is part of the character we want to expect. Although readily admitting most of his clientele are wonderful (as are mine), I think he does a service to us by exposing the bad behavior and "entitlement" which seems to have become wrongly acceptable in today's world.
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