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Setting the Table Audiobook

Setting the Table: The Transforming Power of Hospitality in Business

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Publisher's Summary

Danny Meyer started Union Square Cafe when he was 27, with a good idea and scant experience. He is now the CEO of one of the world's most dynamic restaurant organizations, one that includes 11 unique dining establishments, each at the top of its game. How did he do it? How has he consistently beaten the odds in one of the toughest trades around?

In this landmark book, Danny shares the lessons he learned while developing the winning recipe for his way of doing business � what he calls "Enlightened Hospitality". This innovative business philosophy emphasizes putting the power of hospitality to work in a new and counterintuitive way: the first and most important recipients of hospitality are the people who work for you. In descending order of priority, the next most important receivers of hospitality are guests, the community, suppliers, and investors. This way of setting priorities stands more traditional business models on their heads, but Danny considers it the foundation of every success he and his restaurants have had.

Full of behind-the-scenes history on the creation of Danny's most famous restaurants, and the anecdotes, advice, and lessons he has accumulated on his long and ecstatic journey to the top, Setting the Table is a treasure trove of innovative insights applicable to any business or organization.

©2006 Danny Meyer; (P)2006 HarperCollins Publishers Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Audie Award Finalist, Non-fiction, Abridged, 2007

"This honest, modest book will appeal most to foodies and aspiring restaurateurs but also offers insight for entrepreneurs in any industry." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Jay Oliver, British Columbia, Canada 12-04-07
    Jay Oliver, British Columbia, Canada 12-04-07 Member Since 2013
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    "Solid"

    If you are looking for a how to book, this is not it. But it is a solid book providing a foundation of concepts that have allowed one man to succeed in an industry where many fail. i would have preferred a little more of the drier materials like the guts of the business, but over all i was impressed with it, a good read.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jackie Pittsburgh, PA, USA 09-22-08
    Jackie Pittsburgh, PA, USA 09-22-08
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    "Inspiring listen"

    I love to hear about people undaunted by all the reasons something isn't a "practical" idea, who do it with passion and succeed beyond their wildest hopes. A happy, inspiring listen.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    servingwench 07-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "More biography than information"
    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It's great if you want a biography of Danny Meyer and his restaurants.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're looking for info on Danny Meyer and his restaurants, go for it. If you actually want to learn about hospitality in business, don't bother.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Todd 09-01-16
    Todd 09-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great if you're starting a restaurant"

    But kind of boring if you're not. I appreciated his achievements but it seems like he was given a lot in life which helped him more than any personal attributes he felt like sharing.

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    Amazon Customer 06-15-16
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    "inspirational but lacking technicality."

    i found this book more like a story with theory, but not having much of pratical guidence- wich i was hoping for.
    still, a good book with solid theory.

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    Iskandar Azaman 05-24-16
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    "A Book Every Restauranteur Should Read"

    This book is not the normal "how to" book. Instead, it explains in detail Meyer's vast experience and basically the mindset he had going into his very successful restaurant ventures starting from his very first restaurant.

    A running theme in the book is how "hospitality" over rides everything else bringing a deeper meaning of being a restauranteur rather than just making money.

    It's an inspiring book letting the reader take a look into what goes on in the mind of one of the most successful restauranteurs in the world.

    The audiobook is high quality and having the man himself narrate the book, you can hear the difference. He's not just reading text. He experienced it.

    Highly recommended for all restauranteurs.

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    David Wigley 05-24-16 Member Since 2016
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    "An appetising read"

    Fun to listen to, insightful to the restaurant industry and bags of tangible and subtle learning experiences which are easily translational

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    Ben Moss 05-11-16
    Ben Moss 05-11-16
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    "Excellent and insightful!"

    As a member of the hospitality and business communities, I sincerely feel a 5-star review is totally appropriate.

    This book was well written, well spoken, and very insightful from both a business and hospitality standpoint. It was great getting to know Danny AND his companies.

    It made me want to work for his company!

    Keep it up!

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    Michael Ringoes, NJ, United States 09-18-15
    Michael Ringoes, NJ, United States 09-18-15
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    "Good ifo."

    This book gave me really good insight and great ideas for me. It's a good book for people starting out or thinking about getting into the industry. The hard part for me was the beginning. it felt like it took forever for him to talk about his history and experiences while traveling.

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    Cynthia A. Prior 07-16-15
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    "Very Engaging Book Not Unlike Meyer's Restaurants"

    Maybe one of the best business books I have read sprinkled with great food stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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