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Waiting: The True Confessions of a Waitress (original 2000; edição 2001)

por Debra Ginsberg

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A veteran waitress dishes up a spicy and robust account of life as it really exists behind kitchen doors. Part memoir, part social commentary, part guide to how to behave when dining out, Debra Ginsberg's book takes readers on her twentyyear journey as a waitress at a soap-operatic Italian restaurant, an exclusive five-star dining club, the dingiest of diners, and more. While chronicling her evolution as a writer, Ginsberg takes a behind-the-scenes look at restaurant life-revealing that yes, when pushed, a server will spit in food, and, no, that's not really decaf you're getting-and how most people in this business are in a constant state of waiting to do something else.… (mais)
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Título:Waiting: The True Confessions of a Waitress
Autores:Debra Ginsberg
Informação:Harper Paperbacks (2001), Paperback, 320 pages
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I've never been a waitress but I've been served by hundreds. Debra Ginsberg has been a waitress for 20 years and chronicles her adventures in this great book. It's really fascinating. Not long ago I read [b:Kitchen Confidential|33313|Kitchen Confidential Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly (updated edition)|Anthony Bourdain|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1168422043s/33313.jpg|4219] about what it's like to be a chef in a restaurant. Now I've got the serving point of view. I am certainly going to enjoy my restaurant adventures with new points of views from here on out. ( )
  susandennis | Jun 5, 2020 |
Quick, easy and fun read. There's some glaring grammar errors, missing words and strange spellings [eyebrow raising, considering her previous work as an editor...]. Otherwise, a very lovingly composed book about an industry we are all extremely familiar with - though maybe not as much as we thought ;) ( )
  tealightful | Sep 24, 2013 |
A good chunk of her waiting occurred in Portland, OR, so it was interesting to read her view of her coworkers and places of employment. Always fun to learn about a facet (in this case, of eating out) that gets overlooked/taken for granted (the servers). ( )
  EhEh | Apr 3, 2013 |
"There are three kinds of waitresses," Garry Shandling used to say, "the good, the bad ... and the kind I always get." In her memoir "Waiting: The True Confessions of a Waitress," Debra Ginsberg suggests there are actually just two kinds: those who accept that this is their life and just get on with making a living (you can usually find these at Bob Evans and most family restaurants) and those who wait on customers while they wait for their real lives to begin (the kind you are more likely to find at Applebees, Cheddars and similar restaurants).

For two decades, Ginsberg was a waitress of the second kind. Her whole family was in the restaurant business, and so, beginning as a teenager, she worked in her father's restaurants and various others, mostly in Oregon and California. She believed her true calling was to become a writer, but she wrote very little and after her son was born and she became a single mother, she wrote nothing at all. Serving drinks and dinners to other people paid the bills.

Eventually she realized that waiting tables provided all the material she needed for her to end her other wait and start writing. The resultant book, published in 2000, provides fascinating reading for anyone who either serves food in a restaurant or eats it. She tells some interesting and often hilarious stories, reveals what goes on behind the scenes (who knew a restaurant could be such a sexual hothouse?) and even critiques several movies, such as "Five Easy Pieces" and "As Good as It Gets," that have waitresses as important characters.

Ginsberg has since written two more memoirs and a novel, but writing is a tough way to make a living and she realizes that at some point she may be forced to go back to waiting ... and waiting. ( )
  hardlyhardy | Dec 10, 2012 |
It's a solid confessional food-book.
  omnia_mutantur | Dec 14, 2011 |
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A veteran waitress dishes up a spicy and robust account of life as it really exists behind kitchen doors. Part memoir, part social commentary, part guide to how to behave when dining out, Debra Ginsberg's book takes readers on her twentyyear journey as a waitress at a soap-operatic Italian restaurant, an exclusive five-star dining club, the dingiest of diners, and more. While chronicling her evolution as a writer, Ginsberg takes a behind-the-scenes look at restaurant life-revealing that yes, when pushed, a server will spit in food, and, no, that's not really decaf you're getting-and how most people in this business are in a constant state of waiting to do something else.

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