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Service Included: Four-Star Secrets of an Eavesdropping Waiter

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  • Posted December 4, 2008

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    Terrible Read!!!

    This book has little to nothing to say about Per Se restaurant. A book selling you on the in-outs of Thomas Keller and the opening of his restaurant Per Se in NYC falls WAY short of delivering anything interesting. The stories about ANYTHING that happens in the restaurant Per Se are few and far between. Instead it's a story on; wait for it, a struggling writer in NYC who winds up in the hospitality industry, can you imagine? The rest of the book breezes over anything of substance with Per Se and instead focuses on her confused love life. Talking mainly about her relationship with her co-worker boyfriend. The author is the typical lost soul that finds herself out of work and falling into an industry that many find not by choice. She takes her 7 months experience working in a 4-Star restaurant and tries to puzzle together a few funny and half-interesting stories filled in with stories about her boyfriend, ex-boyfriend, friends, family, apartment, pets, love of food, school, and her boyfriend again. Want to read a story about the restaurant industry, Anthony Bourdain has stories to tell. Want to read a book about an out of work writer falling in love in NYC AND works as a server. This book would be AWESOME!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 24, 2009

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    Read this book if you want to be bored.

    When I bought this book, I expected it to consist of stories and "secrets" (as it says on the cover) of being a waitress. Nope. It does have a FEW stories relating to Per Se, but most of it was about her love life and her love for food, which she pretty much talks about every other paragraph. I didn't buy this book for recipes, which she had included in case anyone cared.

    Want to read a book that promises exactly what the book will be about by what it says on the cover? "Waiter Rant" doesn't lie, it is a waiter that is writing AND ranting.

    Buy "Service Included" if you want to waste your time and money.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 10, 2010

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    This book is a long paean to the four-star restaurant Per Se-an eatery so rarified that only a handful of (very rich) mortals will ever taste its seven-course extravaganzas. Oh yes, much fuss and brouhaha are involved in the preparing and serving of food, but I couldn't get excited about it. I also couldn't get worked up over the author's budding romance with a sommelier-a romance that takes up a disproportionate space in the book.

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