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Service Included: Four-star Secrets of an Eavesdropping Waiter (2007)

by Phoebe Damrosch

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Title:Service Included: Four-star Secrets of an Eavesdropping Waiter
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This book was an interesting look into the service staff at a real four star restaurant. I was hoping that there would be more on the topic of eavesdropping on the eccentric clientele. A good enough easy read about the food industry. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0061228141, Hardcover)

Kitchen Confidential meets Sex and the City in this delicious, behind-the-scenes memoir from the first female captain at one of New York City's most prestigious restaurants

While Phoebe Damrosch was figuring out what to do with her life, she supported herself by working as a waiter. Before long she was a captain at the New York City four-star restaurant Per Se, the culinary creation of master chef Thomas Keller.

Service Included is the story of her experiences there: her obsession with food, her love affair with a sommelier, and her observations of the highly competitive and frenetic world of fine dining.

She also provides the following dining tips:

Please do not ask your waiter what else he or she does.

Please do not steal your waiter's pen.

Please do not say you're allergic when you don't like something.

Please do not send something back after eating most of it.

Please do not make faces or gagging noises when hearing the specials—someone else at the table might like to order one of them.

After reading this book, diners will never sit down at a restaurant table the same way again.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:21:54 -0400)

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Damrosch, former waiter at the New York City restaurant Per Se, details her career as a waiter, describing the intimate workings of restaurant table service at its best. Tales of critics and celebrities spice up the memoir with a few tips on how to earn a waiter's respect sprinkled throughout.… (more)

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