Kitchen Con


A passionate, intelligent exposé of the restaurant business, from the world’s first restaurant after the French Revolution to today’s most fashionable tables.
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A passionate, intelligent exposé of the restaurant business, from the world’s first restaurant after the French Revolution to today’s most fashionable tables.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781611451788
  • Publisher: Arcade Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/1/2008
  • Pages: 244
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 5.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Trevor White has worked as a restaurant critic in Dublin, London, and New York. He divides his time among all three cities. He is the Dublin regional editor for Zagat.
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Table of Contents

Introduction     xi
Part 1
The Hungry Hooker Why Restaurants Are Brothels for the Mouth     3
The Age of Appetite A Survey of the Way We Eat Today     9
Accounting for Taste The Author Admits His Past     25
Kitchen Con How the Racket Works     41
The Truth about Guidebooks The Author Loses a Job     53
The English Experience On Going to Lunch for London     71
Celebrity Chefs Starring Gordon Ramsay and Conrad Gallagher     91
The Waiting Game Reflections on the Value of Service     101
On Failing to Take Manhattan 1998-2000     109
"Your Table Is Ready" The Four Sweetest Words     125
The Lamppost and the Dog Writing about the Racket     133
Part 2
Silly Season in the Wilderness Food, Politics, and Morgan Spurlock     145
In Defense of Expensive Restaurants The Author Puts On Weight     165
Sex and the Single Waitress Meeting Mr. Kitchen Confidential     173
The Critic on Trial: Part I The Prosecution     189
The Critic on Trial: Part II The Defense     197
Good Food, Good Life On Demolishing the Bad     205
Epilogue     213
Acknowledgments     215
Bibliography     217
Index     221
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