With a new foreword by Mario Batali
Joe Bastianich is unquestionably one of the most successful restaurateurs in America if not the world. So how did a nice Italian boy from Queens turn his passion for food and wine into an empire? In Restaurant Man, Joe charts a remarkable journey that first began in his parents neighborhood eatery. Along the way, he shares fascinating stories about his establishments and his superstar chef par tners his mother, Lidia Bastianich, and Mario Batali.
Ever since Anthony Bourdain whet literary palates with Kitchen Confidential, restaurant memoirs have been mainstays of the bestseller lists. Serving up equal parts rock n roll and hard-ass business reality, Restaurant Man is a compelling ragu-to-riches chronicle that foodies, businessmen, and aspiring restauranteurs alike will be hankering to read."
- Paperback | 275 pages
- 134 x 202 x 18mm | 240g
- 30 Jul 2013
- Penguin Putnam Inc
- black & white plates
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In Restaurant Man Joe Bastianich has served up a very smart insider s take on the New York City culinary scene as only and erudite and successful member of the secret society can do. The subtext of this love letter to the memory of his father is in itself a magnificent stand-alone dissertation. Joe pulls no punches and tells it exactly like it is in a way that punctuates the many oddities with brilliant black humor and scene-of-the-crime, matter-of-fact perspective. Restaurant Man will resonate with anyone who has come in contact with the world of food, entertainment, and wine or the cottage industry of scripted reality television it has spawned.
[Restaurant Man is a] rambunctious memoir .Mr. Bastianich writes in a vigorous, swaggering style .a cross between Anthony Bourdain and Holden Caulfield.
Moira Hodgson, The Wall Street Journal
Enthralling . Funny, often surprising, and if anything, illuminating.
The New York Observer
A fascinating, brutally candid look at the realities of operating your own eatery.
Compulsory reading for anyone who dreams of someday opening an eatery .The lessons [Joe] Bastianich has to offer are important and fundamental.
Russ Parsons, LATimes.com
[Restaurant Man is] a wild ride that ends with a richer, happier, healthier man amazed at his survival, emotionally reconciled with his past and committed to nurturing his family and his culinary legacy.
[A] darkly humorous and gossipy memoir [Joe Bastianich s writing style] is reminiscent of Anthony Bourdain (Kitchen Confidential; Medium Raw) and covers some of the same territory.
Joe Bastianich tells it like it is .Restaurant Man is a brutally honest account of his rise from self-proclaimed Queens punk to a James Beard-winning restaurateur .[Restaurant Man] serves as an education and a warning to anyone who is thinking of entering the restaurant business.
The New York Daily News
[Restaurant Man] is a raw, throbbing nerve of a biography: if [Joe] Bastianich has any intellectual filters, he checks them at the door here, and Restaurant Man is the beter for it .This is the Some Girls of restaurant memoirs.
[Restaurant Man] is a combination of homage to food and wine, and tutelage on owning and managing restaurants .Restaurant Man serves as an education to anyone wanting to enter the restaurant business
[Restaurant Man is a] salty, rollicking memoir .[Joe Bastianich s] forthrightness about the business nitty-gritty and his own failures and mistakes are bonus takeaways along the utterly readable way.
[Joe Bastianich s] easygoing voice and substantial knowledge of real Italian food (not the spaghetti-and-meatballs kind) will lure booklovers and food lovers alike . Engrossing details of being the front man in a variety of thriving restaurants.
Joe Bastianich paints a refreshingly honest picture of what it takes for a restaurant to not just create an impeccable dining experience, but also turn a decent profit . An entertaining read, a blend of heartfelt family history, practical advice, and insider stories.
One thing is for certain, after reading this book you look at your next restaurant visit in a different light.
Palm Beach Daily News
[Restaurant Man] is full of frank, personal revelations but it s also an eye-popping industry expose.
A fascinating look at the nuts and bolts of running successful restaurants . Offering tantalizing and deeply personal behind the scenes [sic] information about pricing, menu development, wines, hiring and firing.
[Joe] Bastianich s Restaurant Man rightfully sits alongside Anthony Bourdain s seminal Kitchen Confidential, pulling readers into the complex inner workings of the restaurant industry . It s compulsively readable . Unabashedly dishy.
An insight into the restaurant business that few offer in this way.... Read this book and you will never look at a restaurant the same way again. You will have a new and broader appreciation for what it takes to make the experience for you and what it costs to do it right . Four stars.
The Opelika-Auburn News
A fantastic memoir . Brutally honest, and one of the best memoirs of its kind since Bourdain s Kitchen Confidential.
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