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Restaurant Man by Joe Bastianich
on August 6, 2012
My hope was that this book would describe the realities of the restaurant business, and certain chapters - especially the first - accomplished this and were very engaging. It also was interesting to learn about the "concepts" of various restaurants that Joe Bastianich opened with Mario Batali. It would have been good if more time had been spent in these two areas, and in really describing other people Mr. Bastianich knew and worked with, such as Chef Batali as a personality, his mother, and what made his mother's and Mario Batali's food great. It also would have been of tremendous interest for him to talk about life in the kitchan and in the front of the house in more detail. Instead, too much time is spent on autobiographical material which wasn't consistently very interesting, and often was superficially treated. Mr. Bastianich no doubt is a tremendous businessman, and some of his business insights are great. The fact that he knows a lot about Italian wines is definitely of less interest, but since he isn't a chef, perhaps he felt he needed to glorify himself by emphasizing his knowledge of wine since he couldn't talk about his great skill in the kitchen. Overall, the book was enjoyable, but a bit too long, and perhaps too much of a self-aggrandizing marketing tool for the author.