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Kitchens: The Culture of Restaurant Work
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Univ of California Pr
Publication date January 1, 1996
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780520200784
ISBN-10 0520200780
Dimensions 1 by 6 by 9 in.
Weight 1.15 lbs.
Availability§ Out of Print
Original list price $22.95
Other format details university press
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Summaries and Reviews
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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. He provides a riveting exploration of how restaurants actually work, both individually and as part of a larger culinary culture. Working conditions, time constraints, market forces, and aesthetic goals all figure into the food served to customers—who often don't know quite what they're getting.

The kitchen is a place of constant compromise, of quirks, approximations, dirty tricks, surprises, and short cuts, as Fine demonstrates in his deft, readable narrative. He brings to life the complicated relationships among kitchen workers—servers, dishwashers, pantry workers, managers, restaurant critics, and customers—and reveals the effects of organizational structure on individual relations.


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Hardcover
Book cover for 9780520200777
 
from Univ of California Pr (February 1, 1996)
9780520200777 | details & prices | 303 pages | 6.25 × 9.50 × 1.00 in. | 1.45 lbs | List price $85.00
About: Kitchens takes us into the robust, overheated, backstage world of the contemporary restaurant.
Paperback
Book cover for 9780520200784 Book cover for 9780520257924
 
Updated edition from Univ of California Pr (December 1, 2008)
9780520257924 | details & prices | 303 pages | 5.75 × 9.00 × 1.00 in. | 1.00 lbs | List price $29.95
About: Kitchens takes us into the robust, overheated, backstage world of the contemporary restaurant.
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from Univ of California Pr (January 1, 1996)
9780520200784 | details & prices | 6.00 × 9.00 × 1.00 in. | 1.15 lbs | List price $22.95
About: Kitchens takes us into the robust, overheated, backstage world of the contemporary restaurant.
from Univ of California Pr (January 1, 1996)
9789990062489 | details & prices | List price $0.02

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