Beat Until Stiff (EasyRead Super Large 20pt Edition)

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ReadHowYouWant.com, Oct 6, 2009 - Cooking - 476 pages
Experienced pastry chef Johnson whips up an insider's look at San Francisco's cut-throat restaurant trade. Cranky Mary Ryan has sunk a lot of time and talent into the in-vogue American Fare, the town's hottest spot, while grieving over her broken marriage. At work very early one morning, she steps on a laundry bag stuffed with the dead body of one of her employees. The investigation soon exposes all the dirty secrets that the food business would like to keep secret: the philandering chefs, the silly whims of the dining public, the hiring of illegal aliens, and the subsistence-living pay scale. Events begin to spiral that, in time, take out the restaurant's celebrity chef and force Mary to use her unique skills to uncover a poisonous scheme... Beat Until Stiff gives a frank view of the cooking/restaurant scene and explores why food has become theater, with all the waiters, the busboys, the chefs, and the dining public on stage, each with their own parts to learn and perform. Dessert is the last word, the amen of a meal. And Mary Ryan always has to have the last word. Hard edged, filled richly with restaurant lore, sharply characterized, this is a debut to savor.
 

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
15
Section 3
46
Section 4
59
Section 5
87
Section 6
109
Section 7
129
Section 8
151
Section 16
329
Section 17
351
Section 18
363
Section 19
377
Section 20
397
Section 21
413
Section 22
433
Section 23
451

Section 9
181
Section 10
208
Section 11
226
Section 12
241
Section 13
266
Section 14
284
Section 15
302
Section 24
460
Section 25
462
Section 26
463
Section 27
465
Section 28
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