Turning the Tables: An Insider's Guide to Eating Out

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Harper Collins, Feb 22, 2011 - Cooking - 240 pages

Award-winning food critic Steven A. Shaw (a.k.a. "The Fat Guy") can get a last-minute dinner reservation at the most popular hot spot in town. He knows how that flawless piece of fish reached your plate. He can read between the lines of a restaurant review, and he knows the secrets of why some restaurants succeed and others fail. Now he shares his insider's expertise with food lovers everywhere.

But Turning the Tables is much more than an invaluable how-to guide to eating out. Written with style and humor, it's an in-depth exploration of the restaurant world -- a celebration of the incredibly intricate workings of professional kitchens and dining rooms. It is a delectable feast from a uniquely down-to-earth gourmet who has crisscrossed North America in search of culinary knowledge at every level of the food chain -- from five-star temples of haute cuisine to barbecue joints and hot dog stands -- and who has never been afraid to get his hands greasy on the other side of the swinging kitchen door.


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TURNING THE TABLES: Restaurants from the Inside Out

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Restaurant critic Shaw, founder and publisher of Fat-Guy.com and eGullet.com, reveals secrets about commercial restaurants, including how to get a good table.Shaw began his career as a lawyer, but he ... Read full review

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Not sure where or when I got this book, but I brought it with me on a road trip this weekend and read it very quickly. Bookmark in the book was from a 2007 trip to Cancun so I've had it at least that ... Read full review

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and Beyond
CHAPTER THREE Food Sources and Controversies
CHAPTER FOUR The Restaurant Information Age
the Restaurant Business
CHAPTER SIX The Future of Dining
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Steven A. Shaw, aka "The Fat Guy," is the founder of the phenomenally successful eGullet website, a James Beard Award-winning food critic, and a contributor to Saveur, Crain's New York Business, and many other publications. He lives in New York City with his wife and son.

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