Waiter Rant offers the server's unique point of view, replete with tales of customer stupidity, arrogant misbehavior, and unseen bits of human grace transpiring in the most unlikely places.
Through outrageous stories, The Waiter reveals the secrets to getting good service, proper tipping etiquette, and how to keep him from spitting in your food. The Waiter also shares his ongoing struggle, at age 38, to figure out if he can finally leave the first job at which he's really thrived.
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"The other shoe finally drops. The front-of-the-house version of Kitchen Confidential; a painfully funny, excruciatingly true-life account of the waiter's life. As useful as it is entertaining." (Anthony Bourdain)
"I really enjoyed Waiter Rant. The book is engaging and funny, a story told from my polar opposite perspective." (John DeLucie, chef of The Waverly Inn)
I liked this and it certainly gives some real insight into the restaurant world (ugly insight most of the time!) It also justifiably highlights the pretentiousness of people, their demands, rudeness, etc. It even gives 40 ways to be a good customer. But it noticeably includes very little about waitstaff conduct, and therefore, 40 ways to be a good waiter. I'm not one of the jerks (20% is my standard tip) but I've had plenty of pretentious, uninterested, inflexible servers. And yes, the few that have been really bad, I've stiffed them --sorry but that's how it goes! Also, there are a lot of other jobs (in a commercial laundry as a teenager was a great one) that are just as tiring, and filled with rotten management. So my sympathy runs thin at times. Aside from those aspects, it was entertaining. Just wish he'd been a bit more balanced.
The narrator is good.
This book stayed with me long after the listening was over. it's gift is viewing the world from the other side of the table.
For some reason I was hoping for a book similar to Anthony Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential i.e. some insight into the restaurant world. This book is nothing like it and like many of the other reviews state the author needs to get a life or at least stick to his Blog. Just because you can write a witty blog doesn't mean you a re good author! STAY AWAY!!!
Used to read classic lit for pleasure of well-written prose. Now, with MS, it's thrillers, courtroom/police dramas, and adventure to escape!
This author literally needs to get a life. I was hoping for a more balanced view of life from the other side of the menu, but this author used the entire book to whine and complain, in an almost childlike manner, about his job. If he is so unhappy with it, maybe he should find a different vocation? Some of his rants are very legitimate, but some of them are simply what any person working with the general public must endure. The cross he is bearing is no larger than any other that so many thankless jobs entail, yet, for some reason, he believes he should be especially entitled to be exempt from the tribulations that come from working with the outside world. I found it tiresome, and a waste of money.
a reader from NYC
I enjoyed every moment of this audio. The insight into the restaurant industry was interesting in and of itself and I think the author definitely has a future as a writer. Naturally, in a work like this, he'd talk about himself, in addition to his job. Going in, I expected the self-revelatios to be boring, something I'd have to put up with. I can't say the author's life is anything special. But the way he wrote it is what gives a clue that he has talent. He presented his own mundane issues in such a way as to allow the reader to relate, to empathize. In other words, he made something special ut of the ordinary.
Somehow, somewhere The Waiter lost the magic of the original blog by concentrating too much on personal emotions. Middle age angst is not what his blog was known for not what I expected from the book.
This was one of the best audiobooks I've listened to. The waiter has a charming way of mixing personal anecdotes with human observation, philosophy and psychology. The naration was near perfect: clear, well-paced and interesting.
I read nothing that is popular.
Read Steve Dublanica's other book instead. "Keep the Change" is more informational than "Waiter Rant." This book is a blog post from a disgruntled waiter that likes to complain. This is my second time at listening to "Waiter Rant" and its still interesting to hear what servers goes through, but it was very redundant. If I didn't liked my job, I could had written a book on being on a hamster wheel, just spinning and spinning.
Somewhere between the audacious and enchanting writing of Anthony Bourdain and the awkward, self centered school report of a 5th grade who is desperately in need of both self confidence and turoring, Dan Miller has found his niche. He reads like a bad menu. Over the top in meaningless cliches. Please... someone fire his editor.
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