Restaurant Man by Joe Bastianich

67%

11 Critic Reviews

Joe Bastianich, one of the most talented and successful restaurateurs of his generation, has written “Restaurant Man"...But beware, you’re going to have to wade through a lot of backbiting, tough-guy posing and petty score-settling to get to the meat of the matter.
-LA Times

Synopsis

“The best, funniest, most revealing inside look at the restaurant biz since Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential.” —Jay McInerney

With a new foreword by Mario Batali

Joe Bastianich is unquestionably one of the most successful restaurateurs in America—if not the world. So how did a nice Italian boy from Queens turn his passion for food and wine into an empire? In Restaurant Man, Joe charts a remarkable journey that first began in his parents’ neighborhood eatery. Along the way, he shares fascinating stories about his establishments and his superstar chef par tners—his mother, Lidia Bastianich, and Mario Batali.

Ever since Anthony Bourdain whet literary palates with Kitchen Confidential, restaurant memoirs have been mainstays of the bestseller lists. Serving up equal parts rock ’n’ roll and hard-ass business reality, Restaurant Man is a compelling ragu-to-riches chronicle that foodies, businessmen, and aspiring restauranteurs alike will be hankering to read.
 

About Joe Bastianich

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JOE BASTIANICH opened his first restaurant, Becco, with his mother, Lidia, in 1993. He and partner Mario Batali have since established some of New York's most celebrated restaurants, including Babbo, Del Posto, Lupa, Esca, Otto Enoteca Pizzeria, and Eataly, as well as restaurants in Los Angeles and Las Vegas. He also appears as a judge on Fox TV's Master Chef.
 
Published May 1, 2012 by Viking Adult. 288 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Cooking, Political & Social Sciences, Business & Economics. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for Restaurant Man
All: 11 | Positive: 7 | Negative: 4

Kirkus

Excellent
Mar 01 2012

Distinctly Italian with a twist of Queens, Bastianich displays a palpable love of good Italian food and wine throughout his humorous reflections on how he became one of the best-known restaurant owners in New York City.

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WSJ online

Below average
Reviewed by MOIRA HODGSON on May 04 2012

Mr. Bastianich writes in a vigorous, swaggering style; outspoken, unapologetic, self-congratulatory and score-settling. His attack-dog prose, a cross between Anthony Bourdain and Holden Caulfield, is littered with profanities and phrases such as "totally awesome" and "withering douchebag"

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Star Tribune

Below average
Reviewed by Curt Schleier on May 19 2012

Part of the problem is his seemingly unending need to prove his street creds, mostly by cursing...Though he runs restaurants that have received three- and the rarer four-star review, he sadly comes across as a McDonald's kind of guy.

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The Washington Post

Excellent
Reviewed by Tim Carman on May 14 2012

The book is a raw, throbbing nerve of a biography: If Bastianich has any intellectual filters, he checks them at the door here, and “Restaurant Man” is the better for it.

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New York Observer

Excellent
Reviewed by Foster Kamer on May 30 2012

Restaurant Man is funny, often surprising, and if anything, illuminating.

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LA Times

Below average
Reviewed by Russ Parsons on May 14 2012

Joe Bastianich, one of the most talented and successful restaurateurs of his generation, has written “Restaurant Man"...But beware, you’re going to have to wade through a lot of backbiting, tough-guy posing and petty score-settling to get to the meat of the matter.

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Food Republic

Excellent
Reviewed by Emily Saladino on Jun 21 2012

Less a memoir than a puckish primer to the business of hospitality, Bastianich’s Restaurant Man (Viking Press, May 2012) rightfully sits alongside Anthony Bourdain’s seminal Kitchen Confidential, pulling readers into the complex inner workings of the restaurant industry. It’s compulsively readable.

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oanow

Below average
Reviewed by Jim Sikes on Jun 15 2012

“Restaurant Man” is not for everyone. The movie rights probably aren’t selling well. It won’t be on lots of Christmas lists. Many people won’t get far enough to realize that this book is pretty good in its own way

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Star Chefs

Excellent
Reviewed by Deanna Dong

Especially for a memoir/business manual, Restaurant Man is an entertaining read, a blend of heartfelt family history, practical advice, and insider stories

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Where Pen Meets Paper

Good
Reviewed by Andrew Jacobson on May 31 2012

Restaurant Man serves as an incredible memoir of a man fighting destiny, but it also serves as an excellent guide for anyone wishing to enter the restaurant business.

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Fred Foodie

Good
Reviewed by Fred on Jun 14 2012

He writes with a direct, f-bomb laden style that had me laughing out loud at times.He is definitely a person I would love to hang out with

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