Friday, October 5, 2007

Service Included: Four-Star Secrets of an Eavesdropping Waiter by Phoebe Damrosch

I don't usually read non-fiction, but was intrigued by Service Included because I've eaten at Per Se's sister restaurant, French Laundry. Phoebe decides to get a job as a waiter at Per Se which is opening up in New York City. Chef Thomas Keller is known as one of the best American chefs and French Laundry is considered by some to be the finest restaurant in the U.S. Per Se promises to be just as good and so the reader is taken along on Phoebe's journey--being trained in the art of great service to customers (dance lessons and all) and learning about fine food and wine. The author also dishes on customers and their habits (without naming names, unfortunately) and her attempts at love. For foodies and people who liked Kitchen Confidental and Wife of the Chef by Courtney Febbroriello.

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