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  • Sweetbitter

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephanie Danler
  • Narrated by: Alex McKenna
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,636
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,488
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,490

Twenty-two and knowing no one, Tess leaves home to begin her adult life in New York City. Thus begins a year that is both enchanting and punishing in a low-level job at “the best restaurant in New York City”. Grueling hours and a steep culinary learning curve awaken her to the beauty of oysters, the finest champagnes, the appellations of Burgundy. At the same time, she opens herself to friendships - and love - set against the backdrop of dive bars and late nights.   

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Set Your Expectations Accordingly

  • By FanB14 on 06-24-16

A romantic view of food service

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Reviewed: 09-24-17

If you could sum up Sweetbitter in three words, what would they be?

Romanized food service

Who was your favorite character and why?

The sassy Russian waiter, he had the best realist lines

What about Alex McKenna’s performance did you like?

I loved the narrators reading of the different characters

Any additional comments?

I'm someone who worked and lived in NYC in food service for over 10 years, so I enjoyed the pretty decently real description of the drama & comradery of working for a restaurant. It did feel like a book written for people who have never been in service though, it was less real than say sassy gay waiter or kitchen confidential. This was more lovesick and romantic youthful drama. But I did enjoy it.

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