Service Included: Four-Star Secrets of an Eavesdropping Waiter

Phoebe Damrosch's Service Included: Four-Star Secrets of an Eavesdropping Waiter wasn't exactly what I was expecting.

I was expecting something a little more dishy, a bit more rough (ala Bourdain), a bit snarkier, a bit more foodie. It was interesting to see the restaurant world from the view of a server. The book had more of her personal relationship in it than I expected before reading it but seeing as they met via work (and they caused their own bit of workplace drama there) it was to be expected I guess.

Phoebe was an English major turned server in New York City who lands a job at not yet opened Per Se. The training that she receives leading up to the opening sounds overwhelming but extremely interesting.

I've been to one restaurant in my life that even comes close to the type of restaurant she worked in - the now closed Susur in Toronto (he's picked up and moved to NYC, sigh). It was delicious but I absolutely have to agree with Damrocsch that being escorted to the bathroom and having the door opened for you by your server is just plain awkward. That's just a little too personal ya know?

I'll probably never eat at Per Se, or any other restaurant of that caliber (I can dream but hello, that's how many student loan payments?) but I do love to read about the food and enjoyed the insider view.