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Nov 25, 2007 05:14 PM

Books about/by servers

I need to know about all the books by and about servers (at least the ones about service, as I'd imagine plenty of servers are also authors of other things). Can y'all help me think of titles and I can go from there? Thanks!

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  1. I recommend the book "Waiting - True Confessions of a Waitress," the book is extremely funny.

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    1. re: pazki

      That's the one that popped into my mind, too. I read it about eight years ago and still recall laughing aloud about the antics of various waitstaffs.

    2. - Phoebe Damrosch's "Service Included: Four-Star Secrets of an Eavesdropping Waiter"
      - Not all about servers / serving, but in that line, "Hotel Bemelmans" by Ludwig Bemelman
      - An oral history collection, "Hey, Waitress! The USA from the Other Side of the Tray" by Alison Owings
      - A book for servers, "Clam Chowder: The Server's Field Manual" by Matt Lehman
      - Comic essays, for the most part, "Waiter: The Humor and Pathos Beyond the Plate" by Matthew Foster
      - Some practical / advice / how-to books, "The Waiting Game" by Kirkham - "At Your Service" by the Culinary Institute of America - "Lessons in Service from Charlie Trotter" by Ed Lawler and Charlie Trotter

      I've not read it, but "Dishing it Out: Power and Resistance Among Waitresses in a New Jersey Restaurant" by Greta Paules looks interesting. Same for "Tips, the Server's Guide to Bringing Home the Bacon" by Spencer, "Dishing it Out: Waitresses and their Unions in the Twentieth Century" by Cobble, "Service with a Smile" by Karvelas.

      But the book that first came to mind was "Waiting" by Debra Ginsberg (also recommended up-thread by pazki and foxy fairy).

      1. Part of Barbara Ehrenreich's "Nickel and Dimed" is about waitressing.

        1. ruth reichl writes about her early serving jobs in a few of her memoirs.

          for a very non fine-dining take, the section about serving at a working-class diner in "nickel and dimed" by barbara ehrenreich