Kitchens (Paperback)

The Culture of Restaurant Work

By Gary Alan Fine

University of California Press, 9780520257924, 328pp.

Publication Date: December 2, 2008

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Kitchens takes us into the robust, overheated, backstage world of the contemporary restaurant. In this rich, often surprising portrait of the real lives of kitchen workers, Gary Alan Fine brings their experiences, challenges, and satisfactions to colorful life. A new preface updates this riveting exploration of how restaurants actually work, both individually and as part of a larger culinary culture.

About the Author

Gary Alan Fine is John Evans Professor of Sociology at Northwestern University.

Praise For Kitchens: The Culture of Restaurant Work

“Oozes with first-hand accounts of pranks and mishaps. . . . Fine’s book entertains as it enlightens.”

— North By Northwestern