Books

For a spicy dishfest on the restaurant biz, read Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential. For a less shocking but equally savory slice of epicurean life, read this memoir from the woman behind the man at Connecticut’s Metro Bis. While hubby Chris Prosperi slices, dices, and generally inspires gastronomic awe, she tackles payroll, staffing, and other unglamorous tasks you won’t find on the Food Network. A former finicky eater-turned-vegetarian whose culinary skills culminate in microwave grilled cheese, Febbroriello uses her insider’s angle not to glorify but to demystify: ”A restaurant is often compared to a theater. The audience/diners never see behind the curtain.” Turns out it’s quite a drama.

Originally posted February 7 2003 — 12:00 AM EST

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