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The Door Whore: Confessions of a Restaurant Diva: A peek at the behind the scenes drama of a fictional (Four Star fine dining ) Italian restaurant Paperback – February 20, 2008


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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Little Print Press, LLC (February 20, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979984300
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979984303
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,553,663 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Fern Esposito has extensive knowledge of the restaurant business having created a successful dining establishment in 2000.Her restaurant received a rating of Excellent from the New York Times in 2002. She sold her restaurant in 2004. She resides in New Jersey with her husband Peter and her dog Louis V.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on May 21, 2008
Format: Paperback
The Door Whore is laugh-out-loud funny. It is also full of raw obscenities, crude innuendos and situations that are so bizarre they were probably true.

Fern Esposito, a former restaurant owner, has taken much of what she gleaned as a novice restaurateur and formulated a book that reads like a memoir. The main character, Ivy Zingara, says in the opening line that she is the "door whore." She then goes on to explain a term that is probably not familiar to anyone outside of the restaurant business. A "door whore" is the person - usually an attractive woman, who greets the guests at the podium of classy dining establishments. It is a derogatory term that the kitchen staff may use among themselves or to her face. I had never heard this particular phrase used before, but I have never worked in a restaurant.

Ivy is also the owner and brains behind Sentimento, the Italian restaurant in Summit, New Jersey where the story takes place. She gets the idea to open a place of her own and proceeds to do so - without any background in the business. She hires a longtime acquaintance as her chief chef and then watches in amazement as a formerly nice guy turns into a raving schizophrenic with a huge streak of verbal cruelty. He is also as vulgar as the day is long.

Esposito makes the episodes of near disaster and chaos hilariously amusing. Yet if true to life, it would certainly be a caution against jumping into the restaurant business on a whim and a stash of good recipes.

One of the more intriguing sections of the book defines various bits of restaurant terminology - phrases the customer is unlikely to hear.
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By errie teevan on February 4, 2009
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I started reading this book yesterday and finished it this morning.
I couldn't put it down. I am so sorry I missed Fern Esposito at the book signing in Holmdel. I would have loved it if I had my book signed by her.
I didn't find it funny but informative about what goes on behind the scenes in restaurants. It was clearly written and you imagined yourself doing and experiencing the daily drama. She is a clever author with spunk. I can't wait to read her next book. I highly recommend this book.
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