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Books – Restaurant Man by Joe Bastianich

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I like to eat and restaurants can be heaven to me. But what makes a restaurant better than another? Joe Bastianich, chef and celebrated restaurateur, with a list of successful restaurants with his partner Mario Barali, shares a no holds bar of the secret of his success.  In the tradition of his father, he is a restaurant man, one whose goal as he describes as “We buy it, we fix it, we sell it for a profit.”  That’s the restaurant business.

Money flows everywhere and the margins are tight, so a restaurant man needs to get down and dirty. Bastianich goes back to his roots in Italy, where his parents would take him on a journey to the motherland. Trips full of food and discovery gave him a sense of self, but hard work is the key to his success.

In his career, Bastianich has had some highs and lows. He got to serve the Pope during his visit in 2008 when his mother was asked to prepare his meals. Bill Clinton is one of his regulars and sometimes has to tell him to pipe it down because Bill likes a good ‘ol time.

What I enjoyed about this book is that it showcases a real peek behind the nature of the secret magic of the restaurant business. By keeping it simple and focusing on the business side, restaurants can be a good business to be in. No magic, no fluff, just good business sense and lots of hard work.

Book Facts:

Restaurant Man by Joe Bastianich

2012 Viking Press 276 pp

ISBN: 978-0-670-02352-3

 

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An Evening with David Sedaris at Fox Theatre April 16

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ATLANTA, GA (Feb. 24, 2015) – The Fox Theatre is pleased to present An Evening with David Sedaris, author of the previous bestsellers Naked, Me Talk Pretty One DayDress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, and regular National Public Radio contributor who will be appearing for one night only at the Fox Theatre on Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 7:30pm.

Celebrating the June 3, 2014 paperback release of his latest title, #1 New York Times Bestseller, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, author David Sedaris comes to Atlanta for an evening of engaging recollections and featuring all-new readings.

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Dr. Mike’s “The Fallacy of the Calorie”

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Dr. Mike (Michael S. Fenster, MD) has a sense of humor in dispersing his dietary and nutritional advice in The Fallacy of the Calorie, but what’s also funny is the fact that this cardiologist is dishing out all this information while criticizing supposed self-proclaimed food experts.

Take this passage, for example: “These days it seems as if everybody has an opinion about food and health. People watch Dr. Oz, tune in to the Food Network, or read some anecdotal diatribe on the Internet and all of a sudden they’re full of expert opinions and analysis.”

Dr. Mike mentions only Dr. Oz by name. He then goes on to allude to a bunch of straw men who give consumers lots of conflicting food guidance before launching into his own enterprising book of culinary realness. Dr. Mike is in your face and sounds like a go-getter, I guess. He says if I’m happy with the food I eat and my state of wellness, health, verdure, heartiness is a-okay, then this is not the book for me. PUT THIS BOOK DOWN. If only!

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SPX 2014 Programming Schedule

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SPX is fast approaching! Check out the release about this year’s panels and programming to plan your weekend. They all sound remarkable, highlighting diversity in the comics and cartooning industry that is often overlooked.

The Small Press Expo is pleased to announce the SPX 2014 Programming Schedule.  SPX continuing the festival’s established tradition of rich, thought-provoking programming featuring leading comics artists and critics in conversation. As in previous years, the Programming Schedule will feature two simultaneous tracks on both Saturday and Sunday, September 13th and 14th.

SPX 2014 programming highlights include special Q&A sessions with headline guests Lynda Barry, Jules Feiffer, Charles Burns, Raina Telgemeier, Drew Friedman. Eleanor Davis, Mimi Pond and John Porcellino, many of whom will also join in other panel discussions.

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