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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (July 25, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060891408
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060891404
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,305,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Pure crack for foodies.” (Anthony Bourdain, author of Kitchen Confidential)

“...sound, neighborly advice on getting reservations...briskly tough.” (The New Yorker)

“[The] Fat Guy makes his case....Turning the Tables is a well-rounded work by a well-rounded guy.” (Boston Globe)

“...interesting and useful...Shaw shows how it all comes together at several restaurants.” (Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post Book World)

“Shaw dissects everything from reservation systems...to restaurant reviews and the intricate path your food takes to the table.” (Fortune)

“Steven Shaw tells you how to get exceptional service every time.” (Newsweek)

“...this opinionated diner’s tour is sure to appeal to chowhounds in general and New Yorkers in particular.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Penetrating...decodes the secrets of the food world....A delicious read for restaurant goers.” (Library Journal)

About the Author

Steven A. Shaw, aka "The Fat Guy," is the founder of the phenomenally successful eGullet website, a James Beard Award-winning food critic, and a contributor to Saveur, Crain's New York Business, and many other publications. He lives in New York City with his wife and son.

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I've been on a food reading kick for a bit and this is a nice change from "food is evil." A bit dated, the book doesn't really cover the role of the internet in restaurant reviews, and he thought magazines and newspapers would never touch blogs. Oops. Nor did it touch on the recent recession - so some of the "new" restaurants he mentions are no longer in business; Cafe Gray, Starwich and I believe the Alain Ducasse restaurant at the Essex House. A lot has changed in the food world since this book - but in many ways things are still the same. There isn't too much new material in this book - but it's fun to see the inside of things - the daily inspection of USHG properties - whose empire has grown again since - and chefs eating at their own properties.

I'm now off to stalk his reading list and see if he's written anything else since. For a non foodie I seem to love reading about food and restaurants. I'm not familiar with his website, but I might need to go check it out.
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This is an informative and book written in an easy to read, and amusing style.
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0 of 7 people found the following review helpful By cristy verellen on November 6, 2014
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i did not order this book
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