Behind the Kitchen Door (häftad)
Häftad (Paperback / softback)
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ILR Press
Schlosser, Eric (foreword)
12 Halftones, black and white
228 x 155 x 13 mm
281 g
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Behind the Kitchen Door (häftad)

Behind the Kitchen Door

Häftad,  Engelska, 2014-01-31
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"When you work in restaurants you think the industry is everything, Its being outside, talking to people, serving people. You feel like youre part of something good. People mostly go out to eat for good stuffproposals, weddings, birthdaysnot to fight. Youre part of someones proposalyou bring the ring in an ice cream cake, you watch her reaction. You feel like youre part of their experience, their special moment, even if the people dont care who you areyoure just the server." "Sustainability is about contributing to a society that everybody benefits from, not just going organic because you dont want to die from cancer or have a difficult pregnancy. What is a sustainable restaurant? Its one in which as the restaurant grows, the people grow with it." How do restaurant workers live on some of the lowest wages in America? And how do poor working conditionsdiscriminatory labor practices, exploitation, and unsanitary kitchensaffect the meals that arrive at our restaurant tables? Saru Jayaraman, who launched the national restaurant workers organization Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, sets out to answer these questions by following the lives of restaurant workers in New York City, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Miami, Detroit, and New Orleans. Blending personal narrative and investigative journalism, Jayaraman shows us that the quality of the food that arrives at our restaurant tables depends not only on the sourcing of the ingredients. Our meals benefit from the attention and skill of the people who chop, grill, saut, and serve. Behind the Kitchen Door is a groundbreaking exploration of the political, economic, and moral implications of dining out. Jayaraman focuses on the stories of individuals, like Daniel, who grew up on a farm in Ecuador and sought to improve the conditions for employees at Del Posto; the treatment of workers behind the scenes belied the high-toned Slow Food ethic on display in the front of the house. Increasingly, Americans are choosing to dine at restaurants that offer organic, fair-trade, and free-range ingredients for reasons of both health and ethics. Yet few of these diners are aware of the working conditions at the restaurants themselves. But whether you eat haute cuisine or fast food, the well-being of restaurant workers is a pressing concern, affecting our health and safety, local economies, and the life of our communities. Highlighting the roles of the 10 million people, many immigrants, many people of color, who bring their passion, tenacity, and vision to the American dining experience, Jayaraman sets out a bold agenda to raise the living standards of the nations second-largest private sector workforceand ensure that dining out is a positive experience on both sides of the kitchen door.
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"Behind the Kitchen Door is a powerful expose of the labor practices of the contemporary restaurant industry.... Throughout the book, the author brings her points alive by providing profiles and stories from individual restaurant workers." -- Janice Fine * ILR Review * "For all its talk of organic foods and sustainability, the restaurant industry pays little mind to the health and welfare of its own low-wage employees. In this persuasive volume, Jayaraman draws attention to servers, bussers, runners, cooks, and dishwashers across the country 'struggling to support themselves and their families under the shockingly exploitative conditions that exist behind most restaurant kitchen doors.'... Jayaraman champions employee causes and argues fervently against discrimination, giving restaurant owners, diners, and readers considerable food for thought." * Publishers Weekly * "The author reveals... [how] many restaurants steal workers' wages and tips, and put white workers in the best jobs out front while assigning those of color to the worst kitchen work. Women are harassed and not promoted. Few food workers have insurance or even sick leave, which is a problem not just for the workers; patrons also suffer when ill workers prepare and serve meals.... This book will leave readers angry at the injustices detailed within, queasy about eating out, and much better tippers." * Library Journal *

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Saru Jayaraman is cofounder and codirector of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United and director of the Food Labor Research Center at the University of California, Berkeley.


Foreword by Eric Schlosser1. The Hands on Your Plate2. Real Sustainability, Please!3. Serving While Sick4. $2.13The Tipping Point5. Race in the Kitchen6. Women Waiting on Equality7. Recipes for ChangeAppendix: A Note on Sources and DataNotes Selected Bibliography