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Waiter Rant: Thanks for the Tip--Confessions of a Cynical Waiter

14 Ratings: 2.9
A book by Steve Dublanica

Starred Review. Anonymity is tough to maintain when you want to do a book tour. Such is the case with Steve Dublanica, a seminary dropout and laid-off psychiatric worker who, in 2004, started www.WaiterRant.net, blogging as The Waiter. His brutal observations … see full wiki

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Author: Steve Dublanica
Genre: Entertainment
Publisher: Ecco
12 reviews about Waiter Rant: Thanks for the Tip--Confessions...
review by . November 02, 2008
I had high hopes for this culinary tell-all. Encouraged by some prominent professional reviews, and a review of his website, I began reading eagerly. Unfortunately, the story is only mildly engaging, and intermittently amusing. Although the writer is competent, his style doesn't draw you into his story. I enjoyed Anthony Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential more. Perhaps that is because it was the first book in this category for me, but also because Bourdain is more outrageous and bombastic as a storyteller. …
review by . October 27, 2008
This book started out as a blog about the trials and tribulations of life as a waiter in a fairly upscale new York restaurant. At 300 pages, it's a little verbose at times, but the author is pretty engaging, so that it is fun to read.    Nothing particularly profound, but it provides a pretty good overview of the workings of the restaurant business. Dublanica writes well -- is often very funny, and manages to keep a reasonably healthy perspective, even in the face of some truly …
review by . September 18, 2008
I'm so tired of being disappointed by bad, self-obsessed writing, I just avoid a lot of modern books. The result is usually just too painful to admit wasting much of one's lifespan in the effort.    "Waiter Rant" may be one of the pleasant and rare exceptions. It's a book about a New York waiter's experiences, some of which are funny as you'd imagine. But the writer (anonymous until recently, and the author of a very popular blog) is way more than a mere raconteur of customer …
review by . August 21, 2008
I ordered this book with great anticipation, given that others of its ilk (Plane Insanity, from the point of view of a veteran flight atttendant, for example, was hilarious) have shed some entertaining and hilarious lights on life in some of our most thankless professions.    This book was more a collection of long blog entries than it was a narrative experience. Several of the key themes were repeated over and over (about the author, his I-didn't-plan-to-be-a-career-waiter story …
review by . August 20, 2008
The waiter gives us a view of the dining-out experience through a waiter's eyes. This is the Waiter's first book, he started as a blogger and then as his blog became popular it translated into a book deal.    I really enjoyed this book, the waiter has an easy conversational tone and the book is funny and thought provoking. The chapter on the type of tippers was particularly insightful and witty.     Waiter Rant is a commendable first effort, and very enjoyable. …
review by . August 18, 2008
Though I had never heard of the blog before receiving this book, I can only imagine how popular it must be given the subject matter. For anyone who has ever waited tables, this book will cover familiar ground- the insanity of the kitchen staff, the abusiveness of the owner, the obnoxiousness of the customers, and the mind-numbing aggravation of it all are covered in great detail. Tempering this of course are the rare moments of joy- the couple deciding to have a baby, the couple who truly enjoy …
review by . August 12, 2008
"Waiter Rant" is one of those books I could not put down, but I started to wonder after a while if that was more because the book irritated me every few pages than because I was actually enjoying it. Steve Dublanica, who wrote this book anonymously as "The Waiter," has produced one of those books that might have unintended consequences because I doubt that I will be the only reader who comes away from it at least somewhat offended by the way that restaurant customers are presented in it as little …
review by . August 11, 2008
[...]    In this book, Steve tells some great stories about rude customers (and the payback they sometimes receive from the wait/kitchen staff), wacky restaurant employees, even wackier restaurant owners/chefs/managers and some little gem-like moments that happened to him on the job.    He also provides some helpful advice to those of us who love to eat out; for example, if you make a reservation, keep it, or you will get a bad rep with the restaurant; don't …
review by . August 07, 2008
Waiter Rant: Thanks for the Tip-Confessions Of A Cynical Waitier is a fresh, witty, intelligent portrayal of the restaurant business. The author, a career waiter, fell into the field out of desperation yet can't seem to get away from it. This memoir shows the pros and cons, highs and lows of one of the most underappreciated professions (at least in my area of the country).    This book is longer version of the Waiter Rant blog that the author founded on the internet. The book …
review by . August 02, 2008
So as part of the Amazon Vine review program, I got an Advanced Reader Copy of the book Waiter Rant: Thanks for the Tip--Confessions of a Cynical Waiter by the anonymously named "Waiter". He's the voice behind the WaiterRant.com blog, and this is a mix of his story, his background, the people he worked (and works) with, as well as a few tips on how to get better service. It's an entertaining read, but it does seem to be a bit unfocused at times. I wasn't sure if I was getting a look at the industry, …
review by . August 01, 2008
I've never actually worked as a server/waiter. I've been very close. I used to work as a host, which is about as close as you can get to serving without actually doing so.    I was pretty good at it, too. I never oversat my tables, at least not without a valid reason. I always took care of the customers when they needed it. I handled the other hosts with great skill. I was darn good at what I did.    Then came the day I said, "F--- you, sir!" to a customer.   & …
review by . July 23, 2008
I had never read Waiter Rant blog; I had never even heard of it. So I began reading Waiter Rant unintroduced to just how pleasurable of an author The Waiter is to read. I almost put it down in the first couple of profanity-laced pages. But once I got started I found it was a quick and pleasurable read, almost finishing the almost 300-page book in a couple of days on the beach. The author writing under the pseudonym, The Waiter, found himself waiting tables after becoming disenchanted with Catholic …
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