Four-star Secrets of An Eavesdropping WaiterBook - 2007
A behind-the-scenes memoir by a female captain working at a four-star New York City restaurant describes her obsession with food, her love affair with a sommelier, and her observations of the competitive world of fine dining.
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.
A behind-the-scenes memoir by a first woman captain at a four-star New York City restaurant describes her obsession with food, her love affair with a sommelier, and her observations of the competitive and frenetic world of fine dining. 35,000 first printing.
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.
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For 18 months, Phoebe Damrosch worked at Per Se, a French restaurant in Manhattan owned by Chef Thomas Keller , famous for his west coast restaurant French Laundry. What she learned, she shared with the readers in this engaging memoir/food writing which won her a place on the New York Times 100 Notable Books of the Year, 2007. She also walked off with the restaurant's sommelier. Visit Phoebe at www.phoebedamrosch.com for the latest update on their relationship status.
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