I wasn't blown away or stunned, but Damrosch is competent in her writing and her experience of working at the French Laundry's NY sister restaurant, Per Se, is distinct as well as distinct from [b:Waiter Rant|2187270|Waiter Rant Thanks for the Tip-Confessions of a Cynical Waiter|Steve Dublanica|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1348571120s/2187270.jpg|2192977] and some other waiter books. there is nothing unbelievably shocking and at no time did I feel like passing off this work to somebody else with fervent recommendations or exclamations of "must read!" but certainly the overall readability is worthy of William Morrow and because, after all, it is Per Se, the NY Times Book of the Year selection is also well informed.
a pretty standard 4-star work. however, crowd is currently saying 3.35 against even a higher rating for Waiter Rant (3.48 w/ 3x the reads), and Bourdain at the back of the restaurant has multiple works at around the 4. so to that degree, the crowd says cooks before waiters, and Dublinica before Damrosch. Damrosch's work is a bit more of the personal memoir than the 'expose' or manifesto, so perhaps that's why it doesn't have quite the cult following of Rant, but in any case, I guess there is no harm in showing the Per Se rabbit