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Publisher Description

“[Ginsberg's] poignant, gently written stories of waitressing are metaphors for life.”  —Dallas Morning News

A veteran waitress dishes up a spicy and robust account of life as it really exists behind kitchen doors.

Part memoir, part social commentary, part guide to how to behave when dining out, Debra Ginsberg's book takes readers on her twenty-year journey as a waitress at a soap-operatic Italian restaurant, an exclusive five-star dining club, the dingiest of diners, and more. While chronicling her evolution as a writer, Ginsberg takes a behind-the-scenes look at restaurant life—revealing that yes, when pushed, a server will spit in food, and, no, that's not really decaf you're getting—and how most people in this business are in a constant state of waiting to do something else.

Colorful, insightful, and often irreverent, Ginsberg's stories truly capture the spirit of the universal things she's learned about human nature, interpersonal relationships, the frightening things that go on in the kitchen, romantic hopes dashed and rebuilt, and all of the frustrating and funny moments in this life. Waiting is for everyone who has had to wait for their life to begin—only to realize, suddenly, that they're living it.

GENRE
Biographies & Memoirs
RELEASED
2009
October 13
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
320
Pages
PUBLISHER
HarperCollins e-books
SELLER
HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS
SIZE
1.1
MB

Customer Reviews

Arh1982 ,

Eh.

Quick, easy read. I read it in two days. I have to say however, it was a waste of my time. I only read it for lack of something else.
Seems like Ms. Ginsberg was trying entirely too hard to make an otherwise unglamorous occupation seem exciting. She was desperate to have 'gained' some sense of self or confidence out of 'just being a waitress'.
As a career waitress myself, I can say that there were a few moments of the book that held my interest. I was hoping for more examples of her experience in specific situations, some funny stories. Instead the entire book was about what she learned (BORING!) and why she stayed with it as long as she did (actually not long at all!). She talks at one point about how 'burnt-out' she was upon realizing she'd been at the same restaurant for...5 years! *Gasp* Sorry, for us career waitresses, 5 years is nothing!!
That being said, I think the people who would find this book most interesting are those with no experience in the restaurant industry. Unfortunately, I just don't think those people would pick it up in the first place.

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