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Product Details

  • Paperback: 468 pages
  • Publisher: lulu.com (May 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 055743100X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0557431007
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 7.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,360,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From the Back Cover

- "Restaurateur Jean-Georges Vongerichten is so annoyed by the success of his former Maitre D' Abbe Diaz's new tell-all book, he is forcing his employees to sign confidentiality agreements. They were also banned from discussing [the book] at work." - The New York Post
 
- "Per Variety, 'Daily Show' correspondents Jason Jones and Samantha Bee have inked a deal with CBS to write and star in a sitcom about a celebrity chef and the two women who run his empire... [But] it turns out... Abbe Diaz has spent over a year shopping a treatment based on her own book... assuming the producers can find someone fierce enough to play the role of Diaz."  - New York Magazine
 
- "... [Abbe Diaz] kept a diary in which she vented all her frustration - and named names."  - msn.com
 
- "... that's YOUR book? Great... it's about time somebody wrote a book like that..."
- Bobby Flay
 
- "I liked your book. I always knew [withheld] was like that... I'm just glad it wasn't me!"
- Drew Nieporent
 
- "... [My book] will be nothing like your book..." - John deLucie, Chef/Author, The Hunger

- Salman Rushdie is a "fan" of PX This by Abbe Diaz on Facebook®  

--pxthis.com

About the Author

Abbe Diaz is a freelance commercial-artist, designer/dressmaker, and restaurant consultant. She has worked in the restaurant/bar industry for nearly 25 years, with numerous stints throughout the New York dining/party scene that include: Limelight, Palladium, Tunnel, Club USA, Coffee Shop, Spy, Cafe Tabac, The Strand (Miami Beach), Mercer Kitchen, Ilo, Lotus, and Theo. She served as the opening maitre d' for The Park, Smith, and 66.

She is proud to have had the opportunity to work under such nightlife arbiters as: Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Brian McNally, Jonathan Morr, Peter Gatien, Eric Goode, and Sean Macpherson.

Diaz gained a B.A. in Economics from Rutgers College, Rutgers University - New Brunswick. She was further educated as a non-matriculate Design student at the Fashion Institute of Technology, in NYC, where she currently resides.

- "The New York service industry's Norma Rae, Abbe Diaz... the Service Industry's Nikke Finke..." - BlackBook Magazine

- "...pure unbridled crazy batshitness..." - gawker.com


--pxthis.com

More About the Author

Abbe Diaz is a freelance commercial artist, designer/dressmaker, and restaurant consultant. She has worked in the restaurant/bar industry for nearly 25 years, with numerous stints throughout the New York dining/party scene that include: Limelight, Palladium, Tunnel, Club USA, Coffee Shop, Spy, Cafe Tabac, The Strand (Miami Beach), Mercer Kitchen, Ilo, Lotus, and Theo. She served as the opening maitre d' for The Park, Smith, and 66.

She is proud to have had the opportunity to work under such nightlife arbiters as: Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Brian McNally, Jonathan Morr, Peter Gatien, Eric Goode, and Sean Macpherson.

Diaz gained a B.A. in Economics from Rutgers College, Rutgers University - New Brunswick. She was further educated as a non-matriculated Design student at the Fashion Institute of Technology, in NYC, where she currently resides.

PX This has been lauded as "the bible of the [NYC] industry," and its author, Abbe Diaz, has been featured in various media outlets such as The New York Daily News, The New York Post, msn.com, The Morning Show (Australia), CBS's The Insider, The New York Observer, Blackbook, Time Out New York, Perez Hilton, Gawker, LXTV-NBC, NBC Chicago, New York magazine, Mediabistro, hamptons.com, and foodchannel.com, just to name a few.

Customer Reviews

The book is full of subtle insights about people, life, and love.
Peter Damian
When you get this book (and I highly recommend you do) do not try to snuggle up in bed at night to read just a few pages before nodding off to sleep.
Benjamin King
I agree with most of the readers that say it was one of the funniest, most insightful, and shockingly honest books I have ever read.
Robert R.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By LZ on June 30, 2010
Format: Paperback
PX This covers the early years of a struggling clothing designer who supported herself by working in restaurants while she tried to get her designer label, Geld Iaz, out into the competitive world of New York fashion. The author and central character is an American-born Filipina who rides a motorcycle and has an attitude. While doing her side gig, she was privy to the inner workings of some of the best restaurants in New York and has a rare perspective on some of their celebrity clients.

It's a long book because there is lots to cover: she was in New York when 9/11 happened, she had multiple jobs in multiple places, she got addicted to web boards and e-friends when her other relationships weren't there for her, and then she finds love and goes through all the typical doubts we often all have about love. I won't spoil the ending, but it's realistic, and still ongoing at [...].

The book is a diary that spans four years (2000-2004). It isn't a book with standard plot arcs and predictable resolutions, though I suppose it could have been edited to have them. I guess anyone's diary could be edited like that. The writing is stylistic - kind of like how it would sound inside someone's head - more than it is "correct grammar." It's a unique voice.

The thing that makes this book worthwhile is that the author lives a very cool life and allows the readers to ride along in a sidecar as she goes through her ups and downs. After reading enough of her down times you have to marvel at her chutzpah. Some might call it arrogance, but as you travel along while she goes on her day to day experiences, it's amazing she kept at it. Chutzpah, balls, whatever you call it, is...weirdly compelling.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Uehara on July 18, 2010
Format: Paperback
This is "The Devil wears Prada" meets "Kitchen Confidential" for the front of the (restaurant) house, in a stream of consciousness, journal format that is dishy, engaging and has smirky humor throughout.

For battle-weary vets of the latest see-and-be-seen restaurant... want to know why you're waiting 45 minutes for your `reservation' only to watch some walk-ins saunter by and get whisked away to a table? I loved the insight into "logic" re: VIP ("PX") status, strategic table seating, to how long they'll tell you the wait is (versus how long it REALLY is).

I'm a closet Star Magazine reader, so I ate up the casual reportings of celebrity behavior when the cameras have been stowed and the media is on the other side of the VIP door.

The whole 'recent real-life' dimension was fascinating. I started looking up events and people referenced. Originally I started doing this to find out how much was dramatized fiction, but the random snippets and pictures I found actually enhanced the book. I ended up keeping my laptop nearby as I read.
For example: there's an entry about a photo shoot for a review of a restaurant where Abbe is working. She ends up in the published pic, and then a popular website guide uses the photo for their restaurant listing.
So I look up the website and bingo THERE IS THE PICTURE. Cool.
Later, I'm congratulating myself because I've web-sleuthed the identities of pseudonymed bad guys, names disguised to protect the not-so-innocent. (And boy there's a lot of corroborating testimony out there!)

Intertwined throughout is Abbe's life-- defeats and triumphs with evil bosses, flaky clients and love dramas. I quite enjoyed the whole thing on so many levels; I now keep up with her doings on her blog. Go Abbe!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Glenn Susser on April 15, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
The writing styyyle was infantile and over the top cutesy. Abbe is snobbish and an egomaniac. I loved every sentence.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ophelia Keith on July 30, 2013
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It's official. Everyone has an idiot for a boss at one time or another. And here I was thinking it was particular to the finance industry. Abbe writes what most of us feel about our jobs and office politics on any given day but she does it with style and humor, while rubbing elbows with the Beautiful People (some of whose beauty really is only skin deep). I agree with other reviewers, I could have read another 400 pages!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Steve B. on July 8, 2010
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This book is one of the funniest and most engaging books I have read in a very long time. So much so, I am buying one as a gift for a friend of mine who works in the restaurant business; I'm sure she will find it as engrossing as I (although this is hardly a prerequisite for finding the book thoroughly enjoyable).

This is the first book review I have ever felt compelled to write. I can't imagine any reader NOT liking this book (I admit the writing style takes some getting used to, but it ends up being very unique, and ultimately, necessary.) unless perhaps the reader is one of the "characters" the author addresses with her refreshing candor, a perfect balance of rapier wit and inspirational warm-hearted empathy so rarely found in most forms of literature and/or media. It's easy to see how this author's work could strike at the core of the vain, self-absorbed, manipulative and (dare I say it?) perhaps even downright evil persons who call this glittery world the author so vividly describes, their playground. In fact, it is this characteristic of the book that makes it so relatable-- we've all encountered people of this nature, whether in the workplace, our social circle or even within our own families.

In short, this book is a truly excellent read. I highly recommend it, particularly as someone who has never felt the urge to make any such recommendation before. It is as eye-opening as it is entertaining, and may very well change the way you see your "world" altogether.
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