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Aug 22, 2008 10:35 AM

"Waiter Rant:" best-seller, bust, or somewhere in between?

Looking for input on this year's front-of-house tell-all: Reviews, perspectives, sales facts, figures, projections, etc.. And if anyone can point me to some quotes by the author, the critics, media, noteworthy readers, etc., I'd be most appreciative.

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  1. On his blog yesterday he mentioned it going into it's 6th printing and being on the NY Times bestseller list.

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      1. re: Jacquilynne

        Noooo, really?

        I refuse to believe what he is saying.

        I may be naive, but I just can't believe it.

        1. re: dolores

          #14 on the NYTimes non-fiction list.

          And "6th printing" isn't that far-fetched. For all we know, the first printing could have been 25,000 or 50,000 copies.

          1. re: LindaWhit

            >>>the first printing could have been 25,000 or 50,000 copies.

            Yes, Linda, I thought of that after the fact.

            Or a self-published book of 500 each.

            I still don't like the image of him putting Metamucil in a pot. He may find that funny, but I don't.

      2. On a previous post regarding the book Waiter Rant, I was surprised by the number of CH that didn't have an issue with getting paid for bad behavior when so many CH posts discuss bad behavior...but I'm not at all surprised that the sensational aspects (spitting in guests food) helped skyrocket this blog turned book into a better seller. I've seen it resting on the laps of train passengers for weeks.

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        1. re: HillJ

          Granted, I'm not finished reading it, but I've read the "spit" chapter, and the author very clearly says he never has, and never will, adulterate anyone's food. What he says is, he knows people who have done it.

          I read someone compare him to David Sedaris, which is funny, 'cause that's the only other book I've bought this summer...but he's no Sedaris. And I'm a bit disappointed w/ the book because there's way too much of his personal story, and not nearly enough juicy tales from the restaurant.

          1. re: danna

            danna, thanks for your point of view. I just borrowed the book from a fellow trainmate after watching him tear thru Waiter Rant.

            I too read a review comparing WR to Sedaris (who I adore and have attended Sedaris live readings) and thought, "I need to see this for myself"- hence, the book borrow.

            I also read Anthony Bourdin gave WR a nod. I liked Kitchen Confidential but got bored after that.

            We'll see...