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John-Claude Hallak

New York, NY USA | Member Since 2012

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  • Restaurant Man

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Joe Bastianich
    • Narrated By Joe Bastianich
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (77)

    How does a nice Italian boy from Queens turn his passion for food and wine into a nationwide empire? In his intrepid, irreverent, and terrifically entertaining memoir, Restaurant Man, Joe Bastianich charts his remarkable culinary journey from his parents’ neighborhood eatery to becoming one of the country’s most successful restaurateurs, along with his superstar chef partners: his mother, Lidia Bastianich, and Mario Batali.

    Bennett says: "Mysogenist and Egostistical"
    "Compelling from start to finish!"
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    Where does Restaurant Man rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the better audio books I have listened to - in no small part to the voice and style of Joe. While I love dining out - I have never watched the Food Channel or any of the reality shows centered on these celebrity and/or tyrannical chefs.So, I wasn't sure how much I would connect with the story. I could not have been more wrong. It worked on so many levels. It was a classic "immigrant family makes good" story (which I could relate to because I saw my father in so many of his recollections of his dad). It was a terrific business book since he went into some detail about the metrics that underly his business - and more importantly, how an owner needs to stay in touch with those metrics to thrive. It is also a story of family, heritage, passion and values. Joe speaks very candidly about that which of which he is very proud - but also lets us in on some of his less stellar moments. Also - be prepared for a lot of very colorful language ... but his edge is actually quite endearing.I can never sit in a restaurant again without feeling that I have a more visceral connection with whatever "Restaurant Man" owns that establishment!


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