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Restaurant Babylon [Kindle Edition]

Imogen Edwards-Jones
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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Book Description

What makes a restaurant hot? Whose name do you need to drop to get a table? Why is one place booked solid for the next nine months while somewhere equally delicious is as empty and inhospitable as the Gobi desert?

Welcome to the restaurant business, where the hours are punishing, the conditions are brutal and the Chef's Special has been languishing at the back of the fridge for the past three days.

This is an industry plagued with obsessives. Why else do some chefs drive themselves crazy in pursuit of elusive Michelin stars, when in reality all they're doing is 'making someone else's tea'?

Nothing is left to chance: the lighting, the temperature or even the cut of the salmon fillet. There's even a spot of psychology behind the menu. What do they want you to order? What makes them the most money? And why should you really hold back on those side dishes?

In Restaurant Babylon, Imogen Edwards-Jones and her anonymous industry insider lift the lid on all the tricks of the food trade and what really makes this £90 billion a year industry tick. So please do sit down, pour yourself some heavily marked-up wine and make yourself comfortable (although we'll need that table back by 8.30 sharp).

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"A glorious behind-the-scenes account of London's debauched hospitality business." Observer "Shocking and at times jaw-dropping, this is a must-read for any Babylon fans or those who like eating out. ****" Heat "Edwards-Jones gets away with stories far more bizarre than anything you would believe in a novel. Sometimes you laugh out loud at the outrageousness of it all...[her] mission is to amuse and entertain" -- Marcus Berkmann Daily Mail "What's not to like?" -- David Sexton Evening Standard "Very thoroughly researched" Observer Food Monthly, Books of the Year

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Imogen Edwards-Jones is the bestselling author of Hotel Babylon, Air Babylon and Fashion Babylon, as well as novels such as My Canape Hell and Shagpile. She lives in west London with her husband and their young daughter.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Poor, poor, poor!!!! 15 July 2014
By Loic
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Where to start?? Poorly written, spotted 2 spelling mistakes; absolutely NOTHING TO DO with the catering industry; i should know as i been in the trade for about 20 odd years now. If you want a book with insight of the catering industry i would recommend Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
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1.0 out of 5 stars Stomach Turning 26 May 2014
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Until reading this book I enjoyed eating I'm not so sure. Having read all her other books I found this a disappointment and didn't finish it. The language really put me off and the descriptions of what so called professional staff could add to food was the last straw for me. I think this is the last Imogen book I'll be buying.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my Favourite Babylon Books 9 April 2015
This was my favourite Babylon book since Air Babylon. The anecdotes flow thick and fast as narrated by a fictional London restaurant owner with two premises to manage; he works and plays hard with the best of them whilst trying to keep his staff in order, i.e. stop them fighting or making sure they don’t drop dead with exhaustion . Of course there are lot of good quips about the now infamous TV chefs, particularly Marco & Gordon. I certainly learned a lot about how food is marked up, the vital celebrity footfall, the power of the food critic (one good review can put your children through Private School) and the general behind-the-scenes debauchery of sex and drugs. My lasting memory though is the dead man in the wheelchair – to say anymore would be a spoiler.
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3.0 out of 5 stars if you have read hotel babylon you have read this 13 April 2014
By adam
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i liked hotel babylon and to a lesser extent airport baylon. this was so like hotel babylon so many stories semi repeated and so yawn!

ok if you have never read any others from the serious but if you have then.............
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This book is a hoot! Her approach was perfect--24 hours in a restaurant. I'm not sure that I really wanted to know all of the stuff that goes on both in the front and back of restaurants, but it was totally enjoyable!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good easy book. 19 Aug. 2013
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Having owned and run both pubs and restaurants, I can feel for some of the characters. Interesting and good to see some of my favorite London haunts (Wolsely) getting good reviews.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top nosh ! 27 Oct. 2014
By Ginty
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I've read all of the Babylon series. I'd begun to think they were becoming "tired" - however - this one has brought the series alive again !
Funny, stories which one could easily imagine happening, plus some which were a surprise. Aspects relating to the food world, naming chefs, restaurants etc where I recognised some of the facts as being true life. Really entertaining book especially for "foodies"
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and easy to read 25 Feb. 2015
Good Book. Was a fun holiday read and kept me gripped. Was fun and well written. It does however make you question if it is possible for all of this to happen in 24 hours, I would think it is probably the most exciting things that happened in a 2-3 month period written like it happened in one day. Some of the incidents recorded seem massively fabricated, but all in all fun and I would recommend it.
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