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By Rick Paulas Cross-posted from KCET Food. In her new book “Behind the Kitchen Door,” Saru Jayaraman takes readers through a horrific. Behind the Kitchen Door has ratings and 96 reviews. Neil said: This is an worthwhile book talking about an important and widespread issue. While I’m. Behind the Kitchen Door. Saru Jayaraman . York Postpublished several articles documenting sexual harassment in restaurant kitchens in the United States.

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And we make countless trips to restaurants, whether they are greasy spoon diners or high-end white tablecloth establishments. I eat at these restaurants, enjoy my meals with relish, treat the staff with respect and always leave a good tip. In recent years we have focused on the living conditions of the animals raised for our food.

Written from a U. Saru Jayaraman, who launched the national restaurant workers’ organization Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, sets out to answer these questions by following the lives of restaurant workers in New York City, Washington, D. The author would go completely off-topic about a worker’s life, holding the reader hostage until she FINALLY got to the point of the whole book and wrote about their experiences as restaurant workers. It also highlights how workers have been inspired to come together and build power and co-op restaurants, and tells the tragic story of a fledgling restaurant workers organization, which had just begun when workers from the World Trade Center Windows on the World Restaurant lost their lives, and those who survived came to ROC to honor their fallen friends, fight for their jobs in a new restaurant and build something new.

But whether you eat haute cuisine or fast food, the well-being of restaurant workers is a pressing concern, affecting our health and safety, local economies, and the life of our communities.


While reading this book, I took extensive notes which were then culled to develop this review. This book lifts the lid on something many people tend not to think about, whether Increasingly the consumer is concerned about the sustainability of the food they eat, how it has been produced and other ethical concerns. And this is a timely issue as there is much discussion about this as in the Huffington Post article about the Working Poor: English Choose a language for shopping. As I have not worked in the food industry, this was certainly an eye opening book.

Behind the Kitchen Door

Partially due to the material under consideration and partially kitchn to the large blocks of never-ending text. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon.

What is a sustainable restaurant? In my opinion, it is kind of unfair to isolate one sector, namely the restaurant industry, and expand on all sagu its awfulness.

Jan 05, Skyler rated it it was amazing. Recipes for Change Appendix: It did it’s job of raising my awareness and sensitivity. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty.

Behind the Kitchen Door

Quotes from Behind the Kitche But this is not true for smaller restaurants, meaning workers can really get paid next to nothing! It’s not that I don’t think including their backgrounds is impo I really wanted to like this book, I think it tackles important issues that we, as workers and consumers, should all be concerned about. Great books like Nicked and Dimed and others in the same genre really allows you to swim kitchsn in someone else’s life a little bit, to live in a world that we normally don’t.

It detracted from the message and I read this book for a class.

Going into this book, I expected a lot of statistics hey I like that kind of stuff and to learn a lot of cool things about how fast paced it is in the kitchen. A must read if you enjoy dining out. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Why are these things allowed to happen? Behind the Kitchen Door.


But do we really know them? It was very annoying that the authors kept trying to bring it back to that one day in history and blame all the troubles on it. Part of the challenge with these books is your skeptical audience. May 11, Joann added it. The Windows owner promised his former workers who survived that he would hire them back, but failed to do so when he opened a new restaurant uptown. Pages with related products.

Their goals are eminently winnable: However many managers will clock a worker out early, or skim money from the tips personally. Russell Street Deli also boasts of a very diverse staff. As a result the book raises consciousnessinspires hope, and provides practical suggestions on how consumers can work for a more just and spiritually wholesome restaurant industry.

Behind the Kitchen Door is clearly a book written with passion and concern by the author. May 05, Steph rated it really liked it. But I like that the author presents personal jayarama not just of foodservice employees, but particularily those who became organizers through her union-like organization.

Showing of 93 reviews. The topics are familiar, but I definitely didn’t know the full story about restaurant working conditions.

There is even ghe restaurant in my neighborhood that makes gourmet, artisanal grilled cheese sandwiches. Lists with This Book. ROC is also pressing for restaurants to grant their workers paid sick leave.