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Waiter Rant by Steve Dublanica
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May 06, 10

bookshelves: nosh, politics-and-society, non-fiction
Read in January, 2009

This grew out of the Steve Dublanica's anonymous blog of the same name. It's a fascinating little book that covers the scum-baggery practiced by restaurant owners, the sociopathy of restaurant patrons, the horrors of the kitchen, as well as the joys fo great food well served. Though I'd always suspected it, the author shows how hard a job waiting tables is and how it can be an art.

Dublanica has a knack for telling a good anecdote, but what raises this book about the level of gossipy tell-all is his consideration of the social issues surrounding the restaurant business. Among other things, he discusses the precarious economic position of most restaurants and the importance of cheap, mostly Mexican, labor to the American food service industry. What interested me most, however, were his discussions of the social anthropology of the restaurant patron. He sees the way people jockey for a good table as an illustration of an animalian struggle for dominance.

I thouroughly enjoyed reading this. This book explains why, contrary to Steve Buscemi's character in Reservoir Dogs, one should never stiff the waitress out of a tip, even if it is just coffee.
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