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1.0 out of 5 stars I would have ranked it lower if I could, 24 Feb. 2009
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Ashraf Ahmed (Fareham, Hampshire United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Starting and Running a Catering Business 2e: How to Start and Manage a Successful Enterprise (Paperback)
Carol claims to be the authority when it comes to starting and running a restaurant, however, simple truth is that she's never started or run a restaurant in her entire life.

The book is full of factual errors and even worse, poor advice. Half way into the book she gives truly worrying advice on how to make salads and vegetables last longer in order to save money. I asked myself, "Is it better not to just buy in fresh products everyday instead of serving food that's 4 or 5 days old?" She even gives poor advice on how to do the accounting and legal work without going to professionals.

I ended up throwing the book onto the bonfire it was that bad a read! So, who is this Carol Godsmark? She claims to be a restauranteur but who is she really? She is believe it or not, a lowly writer for Portsmouth News - a local newspaper. She started work for them many years ago as a roving reporter but the quality of work simply wasn't there and Portsmouth News thought long and hard about her future. She ended up re-inventing herself as a "restaurant critic." Unfortunately, she's poor at that too. Just do a quick search on the net to see some examples of her poor work. She uses long words in the hope that she'll come off looking smart and intelligent but it's having quite the opposite effect. And that's exactly how she's written this book. Grammatically poor with poor advice and... well... poor showing really.

Steer clear of this book. There are other much better books out there.
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