At the Sun-Gazette, staff members tend to read. A lot. So we thought we would share what we're reading and let you know how they fare.
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What I read: "Waiter Rant: Thanks for the Tip - Confessions of a Cynical Waiter" by Steve Dublanica.
Genre: Nonfiction, memoir, humor.
Synopsis: Steve Dublanica, known as "The Waiter" on his blog, "Waiter Rant," compiles stories from his decade of working in the food service industry in New York.
Stats: Paperback, 302 pages, published in 2008 by HarperCollins.
What I thought: I enjoy memoirs and people who don't take themselves too seriously. And Dublanica is just that type of writer. As a waiter and manager at a white-linen restaurant, he has seen and heard it all in the restaurant business. From a restaurant owner who reused uneaten food, to one that had a roach-infested office, Dublanica takes the reader on a behind-the-scenes journey of what it's really like to serve you food.
I especially enjoyed his tips for getting good service, proper tipping etiquette and ways to ensure that your waiter won't spit on your food. Above all else, don't cancel a reservation without calling and don't say you "know the owner" to get better service.
This book is a quick read and should make you think twice about how you treat wait staff.