Jennifer Reese
November 09, 2007 AT 05:00 AM EST

Service Included

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Phoebe Damrosch
publisher
William Morrow
genre
Nonfiction, Memoir

We gave it an A-

Service Included is Phoebe Damrosch’s dishy account of waitressing at Per Se, Thomas Keller’s stratospherically expensive Manhattan restaurant. Both a sparkling stylist and the sassy heroine of her own narrative, Damrosch balances the sweet (her romance with a sommelier) and the tart (”More people throw up in the dining room of Per Se than your average college bar”) in a fun, if slightly tame, exposé. As in all these memoirs, the food is tantalizing, but what keeps you at Damrosch’s table is the writing. A-

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