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Dining Roulette: The Truth about Restaurants from the Inside Out is essential reading for every foodie, restaurant goer, and restaurant owner and manager. It reveals the secrets, tips, and industry information needed to establish and maintain a successful business, and gives practical, prescriptive advice to restaurant patrons about what they should look for to determine which restaurants are worth their patronage. Filled with real-life, jaw-dropping stories from the culinary industry, this book is a wake-up call. Did you know that restaurant chains may become a site for the next generation of terror threats? What should you avoid at your favorite restaurant that will make you sick? With authentic, definitive, and often humorous real-life experiences, author John Brown's work is an industry insider's take on the restaurant industry. Brown offers prescriptive advice for restaurant owners, including: ten suggestions to stay in business, how to beat the industry employee turnover rate, and how to avoid common mistakes. For restaurant patrons, Brown gives advice on: evaluating the cleanliness of a restaurant, restaurant vocabulary and phrases, and fine eating establishments that every foodie should visit. Dining Roulette shows why health departments struggle to cope with the everyday challenges of maintaining proper health and safety standards, and why so many people die every year after being served in our restaurants. If you've ever eaten in a restaurant or have upcoming reservations, you must read this book.
My Dining Hell
'I have been a restaurant critic for over a decade, written reviews of well over 700 establishments, and if there is one thing I have learnt it is that people like reviews of bad restaurants. No, scratch that. They adore them, feast upon them like starving vultures who have spotted fly-blown carrion out in the bush.
They claim otherwise, of course. Readers like to present themselves as private arbiters of taste; as people interested in the good stuff. I'm sure they are. I'm sure they really do care whether the steak was served au point as requested or whether the soufflÃ© had achieved a certain ineffable lightness. And yet, when I compare dinner to bodily fluids, the room to an S&M chamber in Neasden (only without the glamour or class), and the bill to an act of grand larceny, why, then the baying crowd is truly happy.'
About the Author
Jay Rayner is an award-winning writer, journalist and broadcaster with a fine collection of floral shirts. He has written on everything from crime and politics, through cinema and theatre to the visual arts, but is best known as restaurant critic for the Observer. For a while he was a sex columnist for Cosmopolitan; he also once got himself completely waxed in the name of journalism. He only mentions this because it hurt. Jay is a former Young Journalist of the Year, Critic of the Year and Restaurant Critic of the Year, though not all in the same year. Somehow he has also found time to write four novels and two works of non-fiction. He is a regular on British television, where he is familiar as a judge on Masterchef and the resident food expert on The One Show. He likes pig.
A Fine Balance
A perennial bestseller, A Fine Balance is consistently acclaimed as a masterpiece from one of the most gifted writers of our time.
Set in the mid-1970s in India, A Fine Balance tells the story of four unlikely people whose lives come together during a time of political turmoil soon after the government declares a 'State of Internal Emergency'. Through days of bleakness and hope, their circumstances - and their fates - become inextricably linked in ways no one could have foreseen.
Written with compassion, humour and insight, A Fine Balance is a vivid, richly textured and powerful novel by one of the most gifted writers of our time.
About the Author
Rohinton Mistry is the author of three novels that were all shortlisted for the Booker Prize: Such a Long Journey (1991), A Fine Balance (1996), and Family Matters (2002). His fiction has won, among other awards, the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book (twice), The Los Angeles Times Award, The Giller Prize, The Governor-General's Award, and the Royal Society of Literature's Winifred Holtby Award. In translation, his work has been published in over twenty-five languages.
Blood On The Dining-room Floor
Shortly after the publication of her bestseller, "The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, "Stein found herself stymied by writer's block. A series of local crimes inspired this attempt to revive her artistry, a droll detective novel in which the central mystery involves rediscovering the path to creativity.
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