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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Adult (May 1 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670023523
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670023523
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 2.6 x 23.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Review

Restaurant Man by [Joe Bastianich is] a terrific trench level primer on the biz.”
(Anthony Bourdain)

“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.”
(Mario Batali)

“[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.”
(People)

“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.”
(Wine Spectator)

“[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.”
(Library Journal)

“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.”
(WashingtonPost.com)

“[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”
(PortlandFoodandDrink.com)

“[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.”
(Publishers Weekly)

“[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.”
(Kirkus)

“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.”

(www.StarChefs.com)

“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.”
(LoHud.com)

“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.”

(www.NorwalkCitizenOnline.com)

“[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.”

(www.FoodRepublic.com)

“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.

(The BookReport)

About the Author

Joe Bastianich opened his first restaurant, Becco, with his mother, Lidia, in 1993. He and partner Mario Batali have since established some of New York’s most celebrated restaurants, including Babbo, Del Posto, Lupa, Esca, Otto Enoteca Pizzeria, and Eataly, as well as restaurants in Los Angeles and Las Vegas. He also appears as a judge on Fox TV’s Master Chef.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Val on April 3 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I have a new found respect for Joe Bastianich and was taught the ultimate lesson in 'do not judge a book by its cover'. Being an avid fan of his mom, Lidia, I had very limited knowledge about her son, Joe, and then I saw him on "Master Chef". My first reaction was "what an arrogant #×@". Then I just finished reading his book!
I love it! I totally get it and really respect his honesty, integrity, 'realness', and generosity in sharing the real experience of what it meant, and what it now means, to be successful in the restaurant business.
His writing style is like having a one-one conversation with him. His candor and swearing may not be appreciated by some women but, as an italian-Canadian male, I loved it! My mission now is to experience as many of his restaurants as possible.
I can go on and on but have to say that I wish him and his great family continued success as they deserve it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Haidji on Sept. 19 2014
Format: Hardcover
This book is a great read.
If you work or if you don't work in the restaurant industry, I'd recommend this book.
It is a great inside story of a hard business, an interesting look behind the scenes at one of the most successful restaurant groups in the world.
After reading it, well, all I can say is that I'll never walk into a restaurant the same way again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shawn Pin on Oct. 21 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A fantastic read, no punches pulled and refreshingly honest
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