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Turning the Tables: Restaurants from the Inside Out    by Steven A. Shaw order for
Turning the Tables
by Steven A. Shaw
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William Morrow, 2005 (2005)

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* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Ever wonder why you can't score that perfect table at a restaurant you really like? Don't understand the menu and order almost blindly? Wonder why the staff doesn't recognize you as a regular? Does the wine list paralyze you into making an uneducated choice? Help is at hand. Turning the Tables will surely become a good friend as you seek answers in its pages. Steven Shaw, an attorney turned food critic, is a James Beard-Award winning writer. He covers the food scene for Elle magazine, and is known as 'The Fat Guy' online. Needless to say, he knows of what he speaks. Follow his advice and become a welcome addition to any restaurant's clientele. And up the pleasure of your dining experiences to new highs.

Shaw's most important pieces of advice are to say Please and Thank You. If you don't know, ask. And if you are not receiving the kind of treatment you think you should, complain. If you don't recognize a menu item, ask to have it explained to you. The staff doesn't want you to choose something you won't like. That would hardly make you a repeat customer. Ask the sommelier for his or her advice. Make the amount of your tip reflect your perception of the service you received. These are but a few of the topics covered in this handy guide, Turning the Tables - you will consider the investment you make in these pages well spent.

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