Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Waiter Rant

"Today waiters are expected to be food-allergy specialists, sommeliers, cell-phone-rule enforcers, eye candy, confessors, entertainers, mixologists, emergency medical technicians, bouncers, receptionists, joke tellers, therapists, linguists, punching bags, psychics, protocol specialists, and amateur chefs."

Waiter Rant started out as an anonymous blog, it's a simple premise - guy chronicles his life as a waiter in a restaurant, "The Bistro". As he says in the preface: "After you read this book I doubt you'll ever look at your server the same way again. And maybe you'll learn how to be a better customer in the process."

While I enjoyed the stories of nutty, drunk or just plain rude customers, I think they would have worked better as blog entries. The waiter's life is just not as entertaining as his customer's antics, and I skipped over the bits about his pre-waiter experiences. Too often, he tries to tie his anecdotes to something bigger, but that didn't really work for me. All said, it's a quick easy read, and yes, I did learn more about the world of waiting tables than I need to know. However, I'd suggest you read Anthony Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential (or read it again if you've already read it!) than read this one.


DimSumDolly said...

At the rate you're going, I'd be very interested to know what your final book tally is at the end of 2009!

Am reading 3 food books at the moment:

1. Death by Pad Thai (a collection of food essays)

2. Table Talk by A.A. Gill

3. The Pedant in the Kitchen by Julian Barnes

R said...

She's going to read 300 books this year! =)

olduvai said...

I don't know if I'm reading more, but I'm definitely writing more about what I'm reading! Last year I managed 164 books, the highest since I started counting a few years ago.