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  • ISBN-13: 9780967889580
  • Publisher: Gardenia Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2002
  • Pages: 330
  • Product dimensions: 7.96 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.52 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2003

    Wow - What an engaging read

    Talk about engaging. Dry UP with a Twist is one of the most engaging books I've read this year. Not only does it draw an intimate portrait of the 'behind the scenes' world of fine dining, but it infuses history, the human spirit, culture and celebrity while doing so. I HIGHLY recommend this book and look forward to Galloway's next written effort. Sincerely, BABS

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2003

    If you were ever a waiter or waitress

    this book is for you. A fellow waitress insisted that I read this for a good laugh at events we could relate to. After I started getting anxiety dreams (caused by my day job of waitressing) I quit the business and John Galloway has humorously reminded me why! The book is a great read and is filled with (what I think anyway) spiritual and sad life events as well as humor. Life continues (thru the untimely death of his mother and sister) and ultimately the author achieves a level of success and can now look back on his 'Penguin' career over his shoulder. I wish this author continued success!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2003

    Idaho Review

    John mixes many facets of the restaurant business with his own personal experiences, which make the book very very interesting. The interesting thing about this book is the humor within it. It is a well crafted story that works on several different levels. Not only is it a hilarious account of John's many years in the fine dining industry, but it is also a critique of the restaurant business and the people invloved in it. John found a unique way to incorporate humor in his book... a lot of authors attempt humor in books while maintaining serious points throughout, but most simply fail. John did a great job in this book, and let the reader laugh and learn at the same time !!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2003

    New Las Vagas author, John Galloway, Jr. Stirs Up America!

    John Galloway is one of today's finest authors. He hilariously takes you through several years of working with fine dining restaurants. Reading his book is a must. I had the pleasure of meeting John last autumn at a Writer's Conference in Orlando, Florida. A most pleasant person to meet. He was friendly to all who encountered him. 'Dry Up with a Twist' is humerous from beginning to end. A 'must' for all. Elizabeth Parsons

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2003

    Getting to know you, getting to know all about you...

    Have you ever met a person who, every time you are together, tells you hilariously funny, almost to the point of being incredible stories about people and experiences in his past? Don't you always say to them, "This stuff is so good, you should write a book!" I am so glad that Galloway did! Yes, this book is about John's experiences in the world of fine dining, but it is so much more than that. It is a brutally honest and wonderfully funny insight into the human condition. Through John's stories of the many people he has worked with and served in his fifteen years in the fine dining industry, we see a representation of everyone...the good, the bad, and the ugly. His accounts make you feel as if you really know the person to some extent, but the person I most enjoyed getting to know was the writer himself. Through his book, I discovered that John Galloway is not only intelligent, articulate, funny, and quick-witted, but he is an incredible human being. He is warm, honest, loyal, very compassionate, and just plain nice. It's amazing that this same man has lived through so much, and has come out of it not only unscathed, but I dare to say, enriched. You will of course laugh, but on occasion cry, as I did, as you read John's accounts of his life. I wholeheartedly reccomend Dry, Up, With A Twist, and also wholeheartedly agree with Jean Dixon's comment to John when he served her for the first time, "You have a good soul."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2003

    Maybe the best book I've ever read........

    John Galloway---remember that name. He has written a heart-felt, hilarious yet bittersweet recollection about his 22 year journey through the insane, shocking, and often prideless world of fine dining. His dream was to be a Naval aviator, serving his country and honoring his heritage. But the hard cards of fate pinned him down in the world of fine dining. Though his book,'Dry, Up, with a Twist' has hard-laugh humor on every page, there also exists some subtle yet very profound complexities in 'Dry, Up, with a Twist.' And indeed you'll be sad to flip that last page. Galloway also makes many incredibly astute observations on humor behavior, and graduates the reader to a higher plane of thinking. John Galloway, remember that name. His book is a magnificient find, and as titled above, maybe the best I've ever read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2003

    Dry, Up, with a Twist: Top Shelf Reading

    Having worked as a waitress for all of my adult life, this book is one that has been written in my mind over and over again. Luckily for me and the rest of the world, it stayed where it was and waited for the likes of John Galloway, Jr. and his unique combination of courage, wit, sensitivity and integrity to put this book on paper. This autobiographical journey into the world of working in the fine dining industry is only a small part of the big story and to describe it as such, doesn't even come close to doing justice to this wonderful prose. Dry, Up, with a Twist is about practicing common courtesy, living a life with dignity and enjoying the occasional well-earned last laugh. This should be mandatory reading for everyone who has ever waited on tables. As servers, we are all familiar with the cast of characters, the stereotypes associated with patrons and co-workers and the situations that arise during the course of any working shift. We all know the volatile nature of making a living based on other people's generosity and lack thereof, and dealing with issues of self-worth in what many consider to be a menial labor position. Galloway draws these pictures with such clarity, it almost hurts to look at them. More importantly, Dry, Up, with a Twist presents a compelling argument for one of the most basic of universal truths: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. And for this reason, this book should be mandatory reading for people who have never waited tables. You're bound to see yourself in one of his characters, whether it's the customer for whom complaining has been elevated to an art form, and the diner who yells and screams and can't understand why he still didn't get the table he wanted, to the gracious patron who celebrates his meal and enjoys the company of the servers and the most famous celebrities who exercise humility and generosity to a fault. If none of those reasons sway you into reading this book, read it because it's laugh-out-loud hilarious. Greater issues aside, Galloway writes this book as if he's talking to the reader across the table during happy hour in a crowded bar. He makes for a wonderful new friend and storyteller. Here are a few gems to look forward to --- In referring to a particularly disagreeable customer, Galloway writes, "If he had had a heart attack at the table, I would have written a letter to 911 instead of calling, postage due." Regarding choosing a wine at a restaurant, Galloway claims, "...please know that every wine list has a skid row of welfare wine that should be served in an aluminum can or from a cardboard box, unfit even for prison inmates." On a serious note, Galloway reminds the reader that in talking to a server, "a soft voiced 'thank you' says a lot and is appreciated more than you know." A word of caution: Don't read Dry, Up, with a Twist while drinking, as you're liable to pass the beverage through your nose from laughing too hard...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2002

    A Must Read it if You Enjoy Dining in Fine Restaurants

    This will give you the inside scoop on the part you never see or hear while dining. John Galloway's sense of humor is great, which makes this book a page turner. The experiences he had as a waiter are extremely interesting. The people he meets, the great story's about them and the people he worked with are memories that can never be erased. I enjoyed this book from cover to cover and now when I walk into a restaurant I look at things through the eyes of the author. You will lose out if you don't read Dry, up, with a twist.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2002

    Outstanding Insight from a brilliant Writer

    This book is far more than a peek inside of a fine restaurant. John Galloway Jr., gives us a look into his own tumultuous youth and an inside glance at his own "impeccable" family heritage. As a gentleman first and foremost, John shows us that social intercourse begins with, and ends with, the golden rule. With life-needs to be fulfilled, John works quite diligently to have his dreams become reality. Fending off a bombardment of easy booze and flaunted drugs, John escapes the food industry to write this book and attain his quest to fly amongst eagles. Bravo! Young man, bravo. A great read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2002

    Full of Humor!

    <p>John takes you into his world of being a waiter in fine dining restaurants. Galloway works in fine dining restaurants as a waiter in hopes of raising enough money to get into a military flight program with the Navy.<br><br> I must admit that I have never eaten in a fine dining restaurant before, but after reading 'Dry, Up, With A Twist' I will know what to expect and how to act and be treated fairly by the waiters. However, if you have ever eaten in the fine dining industry, and you were treated poorly by the waiters, just pick up a copy of John's 'Dry, Up, With A Twist' and you will find out why you received the treatment that you did. In addition, you will know how to get the respect that you thought you deserved from the waiters the next time you dine out. As Galloway will explain the do's and don'ts of fine dining.<br><br> 'Dry, Up, With A Twist' was a very unique book that was filled with humor and stories in the fine dining industry. A truly enjoyable read!</p></br>

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2002

    Excellent Read for Diners, Animal Activists and Environmentalists

    Without a doubt, one of the best books I have read this year. The honesty about the waste, theft and addiction found behind the scenes in fine dining was on target and very interesting. The personal relationships and experiences of the writer, along with the cast of celebrities and politicians he served kept me from putting the book down. I would highly recommend it to anyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2002


    John Galloway has really gone and said what all of us in the service industry have been holding back for years. If you have ever worked in a restaurant, this is book is one you'll be able to relate to. And if by chance you are one of the lucky souls who have never had to wait on the public, you should read it anyway... it might improve your dining experiences. John's dry wit, funny humor, and irony with our sometimes brutal reality will make you keep reading even when your eyelids are heavy. It is a highly recommended look inside the heart of america... the dining industry. Keep flying John!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2002

    Pure Genius

    With it's tell it like it is approach, this book offers something for EVERYONE. Education, humor, honesty, and inspiration only scratch the surface of that which you will obtain through Galloway's insight on the fine dining scene. This is a book with the perfect balance of restaurant etiquette, observation of human behavior, and the author's personal reflections. Simply put... A great book by a class act!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2002


    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this very funny, sharp edged, rendition of anecdotes, stories, and tips on etiqette. Galloway has a unique method of humorously bringing to light lessons for all in good conduct that shoud be part of everyones social behavior and breeding. I laughed out loud through the whole book! A must read for anyone who has ever dined out, served in, or owned a resaurant... Everyone!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2002

    Awesome, Awesome, Awesome!

    What a great book. Hilarious, insightful, moving, and great to the final word. I can't wait for Galloway to write another book, because I'll be waiting in line to read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2002

    A Must Read

    This is the best book I have read about the fine dining industry. I never laughed so hard reading. The story line is hip, emotional & edgy. A great book to discuss with a group since it really gets you thinking with all of its many layers. A very revealing novel of human intent and it's condition.

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