The Real Deal
I am a lifetime restaurant Chef who bought this book for my new fiancee, because I felt it was only fair for her to know what the seamy underside of the restaurant business is all about.
Additionally, this book pulls no punches in accurately describing the lifestyle (or at least the one at the time) of a cook becoming a chef.
I felt as if Anthony Bourdain had told my life story when I first read this, except he is an East Coaster and I am from California. This book is as real as it gets and I highly recommend it for anyone going into the business, anyone who knows someone in the business or anyone who wants to know where their food comes from.