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

NY: Harper, 2007.

Like many people, I often enjoy “behind the scenes” books that purport to tell you what really happens in the hotel trade, or in the teacher’s lounge, or (in this case) in fancy restaurants.

I had hopes for this one, but the author spends so much time gushing over gourmet dishes that only one percent of the American population has ever even heard of, and waxing lyrical over the details of their obscure ingredients, you’re likely to give up before you reach the halfway mark. That’s what happened to me. The problem is, Damrosch is very full of herself. And she’s so intent on bragging about her four-star kitchen connections, and how great their $500 meals are, and trying much too hard (and unsuccessfully) to be witty, she completely forgets to impart any of the advertised “secrets.” A waste of time.

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