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Restaurant Man [Hardcover]

Joe Bastianich , Joseph Bastianich
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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Books (May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670023523
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670023523
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 111,712 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Restaurant Man "In his memoir Restaurant Man, Joe Bastianich charts his culinary journey from working in his parents' red-sauce joint to becoming one of the country's most successful restauranteurs. Joe first learned the ropes from his father, Felice Bastianich, the ultrapragmatic, self-proclaimed restaurant man. After college and a year on Wall Street, Joe bought a one-way ticket to Italy and worked in restaura Full description

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3.0 out of 5 stars Slow postage 26 Feb 2014
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Took a fortnight to deliver a book ! I will not be buying from this seller again. Other than that it's a book duh... What's to review ? It's what I asked for.
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3.0 out of 5 stars just ok 15 Nov 2013
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just ok as what it should be. Not really nice as the book didnt show what it description writing about.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyanle 18 Feb 2013
By I. Darren TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Do you want to open your own restaurant? Really...? Have you considered taking professional help for that? Many people dream about doing it, a lot try it, many regret it and quite a lot lose a lot of money in the process. Yet a few do succeed...

Here, to help show you that it is possible, self-made restauranteur Joe Bastianich explains a bit about how he managed to turn his passion for food and good wine into a business empire. Of course there is no one-size-fits-all approach and it is good to hear dissenting, differing and converging views and opinions. Views and opinions there is not a shortage of here. What you are getting is quite an uncensored overview of the U.S. restaurant scene and a bit of a unhampered look at some notorious chefs and restaurateurs to boot.

Straight away the author pours cold water on many dreams. Or is it he drops a massive f-load of reality straight into your lap? You decide! The pace continues like a machine gun, telling you about pitfalls, ways you will be ripped off, how you will find it hard. Do you even dare turn past the first couple of pages, especially when you see there is a LOT more of this to come.

This is not stuff you will learn at business school, catering college or some other fancy course. It is straight to the knuckle, been there-done that-got the t-shirt and a kick in the spuds for good measure material. Even if you have not thought about opening a restaurant this is still an enthralling read. Compelling like watching some home video on television where you know that pain is just about to come and WALLOP! There it is.
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It is written with the frankness of people in this profession and a great sense of humour. Having been in this profession, I know every bit he mentions to be true.

His chapter on wines even moved me.

The book entertained and taught me so much, I felt the need to tell Mr. Bastianich how good his book was!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Wow, this guy is obnoxious 15 Aug 2012
By Allynn T - Published on
Not often that I read a memoir and come away repelled by the author. The misogyny (one small example - see what kind of 'broad' a man is with at a restaurant to gauge how much to upsell him on wine), the preening and egotism, the rampant promotion of his restaurants and his wine, the self-satisfaction....what an arrogant, grasping, desperate-for-attention jerk this man is.

Upped my review to two stars from one because I did read the whole book, in appalled fascination about what self-congratulatory nonsense he'd come up with next. Shook my head at his description of Eataly as some sort of common man's piazza (at those prices? please), open-mouthed at his utter inability to admit failure (his bad restaurants were just ahead of their time - the ideas and food were always good, it was the customers that failed to comprehend the genius). And get comfortable for the long smug passages about his wine knowledge, wine brilliance, wine intelligence, infallible palate and memory for wine - you'll be reading for a while.

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1.0 out of 5 stars 10% readable; 90 % trash 15 May 2012
By Peg L. - Published on
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I found portions of the book on how restaurants work to be interesting.

However...and this is a big however....Bastianich's ego, snobbery and fondess for swearing made only about 10% of this book worth reading.

And after reading the following, I felt very sorry for his wife: "What's the worst that could happen? You drink a bottle of wine that you don't fall in love with? You can 'F-Bomb' a lot of broads before you buy a diamond ring." Very nice. That attitude must really give his wife the warm and fuzzies.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the worst book I have ever read. 22 July 2012
By Cooosh - Published on
The writing is horrible. Joe presents himself as an arrogant, entitled, judgemental, immature and obnoxious human being. I presume, in his position, he must have publicists or media handlers and I cannot imagine why they would want to shape his public image in this negative way.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Just what you'd expect 6 Jun 2012
By KGS - Published on
Everyone knows this guy is a jerk, so the book is no surprise. Sort of sad. Anyone this full of bluster and self-promotion must be terribly insecure.
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1.0 out of 5 stars No Need To Prove You're Macho 23 Sep 2012
By MilfordDave - Published on
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Great book, but the use of expletives to prove what a Macho Man he is is unnecessary. He seems to want to prove himself worthy of being in the company of his mother and Bruno. He is successful in his own right without adding to his image. The language only detracts from the worthiness of the book. In fact, it ruins it!!!
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