I read this book quickly while I had a cold. I found it fascinating the level of detail and knowledge and training that go into 4 star restaurants. The author is fluctuating between restaurant waiting and beginning a writing career. In a sequence of events that seems almost unbelievable to me, she lands a job as a backserver at an elite restaurant to be opened in NYC. She undergoes about 2 months of training before the restaurant opens, immersing herself in the world, and becoming involved with a member of management (against the rules) who is currently living with someone else. While I was sometimes bored with some of her personal life stories, there were pretty short and things always came back to the restaurant.