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Product details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi (10 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552167126
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552167123
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 110,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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The shocking secrets of the world's finest kitchens

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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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Having read the rest of the series and enjoyed them i was looking forward to this book but unfortunately was disappointed it didnt reach the standards of the previous ones.As someone else has said this was more like a list of london restaurants and cafes and therefore didnt have the widespread appeal of the other books.Perhaps the list of babylons is coming near to an end.Book Babylon as the next title?
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I enjoyed this book. I believe it too be a worse case scenario of a day from hell in the restaurant business, all of the things than can go wrong in a restaurant crammed into 24 hours. I can well believe many of the snippets that are mentioned, particularly about the pricing procedure, and the food that they want to get off their hands. They say if you visited the back of kitchens in some cases the front you would never out again, this book has certainly not put me off eating out, it will just made me look at bit more closely at the general running of the places where I eat. You need to have a certain knowledge of London eating places or access to Google to know at times what is being talked about, enjoyed the little bit of gossip about the chefs we know from our television screens. Good and enjoyable read.
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Rather disappointing impression after having enjoyed Air Babyon. Despite what you may think, people that are familiar with hospitality won't enjoy this book. Those with a penchant for celebrities' lives and endless amounts of telly will. If you aren't a Londoner or able to recognise the people in glossy magazines don't waste your time on this book. It's just endless name-dropping and the anecdotes are sparser than expected. Some are alright but others really make you suspend disbelief, like big time. Having worked as a waiter in a busy restaurant in the West End for three years I was able to relate to very little in this book.

If this is what the Babylon series has become I can't look forward to reading anything else. The only reedeming factor is the odd funny metaphor.
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I like this series of books. Having started with Hotel Babylon then Airline Babylon and so on I was particularly looking forward to this one as I live in London and eat out frequently. However, I felt it was one long PR exercise. Imogen is clearly on some sort of backhander or freebie as the number of times she mentioned Polpo, The Wolseley, and Scotts was completely unnecessary! Not to mention how many times the owners of these establishments were named,it was like reading a long list of popular restaurants in London. This was certainly NOT the case with Hotel Babylon, I wonder why? Anyway, very disappointing. Did not live up to its promise at all.
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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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Until reading this book I enjoyed eating out.....now 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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I LOVED this book. The best in the Bablyon series since the airplane one - and I've read them all. Funny, fascinating and at times, truly shocking! Not sure I'll ever really want to eat out again... but I recommend this book to anyone who eats out. Ever. It's choc o block with interesting facts about the restaurant business and I couldn't put it down.
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