I recently read the book Service Included by Phoebe Damrosch. The subtitle is Four-Star Secrets of an Eavesdropping Waiter. As someone who works in the restaurant business, I was intrigued.
Well the book is by this girl who got a job at a fancy restaurant in New York City called Per Se. The book started out interesting, talking about her early days as a waitress and how she got the job at Per Se, and some of the training she went through.
It then jumps around, spending several chapters discussing her love life and relationships with her coworkers.
My favorite part was the discussion about how they prepared for and served Frank Bruni, the restaurant critic from the newspaper.
Per Se is a very fancy restaurant where they offer a "tasting menu" for $275 per plate. I'm a picky eater so I would probably hate it. And it really has nothing in common with the pizzeria where I work.
Still, if you want to see how the "other side" lives (or rather, eats), check out this book!