“Turning Tables” by Heather & Rose MacDowell
Since the last four books I’ve read could all be classified as “dark non-fiction,” it seemed a good time to change it up. My office is the home of a rather diverse book swap shelf, and – while bored one day at lunch – I grabbed “Turning Tables” off the shelf, attracted to it’s colorful cover and promise of a fun, no-brains required, read.
“Turning Tables” did not disappoint.
After our heroine, Erin, loses her marketing job, her parents pull some strings and get her a job waitressing at one of the hottest eateries in New York. It doesn’t take Erin long to realize that the rest of the waitstaff are pros, and this isn’t going to be as easy as she thought. Fortunately, another waiter takes her under his wing and tries to help her get up to speed before her lack of restaurant experience becomes obvious and she’s fired. Of course there’s also a wacky best friend, a romantic entanglement, and all the personality types you’d expect. (Rising Star Chef? He’s there. Gay BFF? Present. Sweet busboy? Accounted for. Bigshot Producer? Here!)
Can Erin get herself together and find her place in a fast-paced world she knows nothing about before its too late?
Yep, it’s “The Devil Wears Prada” in a restaurant setting. All it’s missing is an amazingly evil boss. (I mean it. I really did miss having a tyrannical Miranda type to love to hate.)
Is it the best book I’ve ever read? Heck no.
Was it entertaining enough to make it worth reading? Heck yes.
Identical twin authors (now there’s a plot for a novel) Heather & Rose MacDowell keep it light and moving. They’ve both obviously got some serious restaurant business experience, which actually turns out to be the most interesting part of the book.
I, for one, did not know that “Soup is considered a beverage and should be served and cleared from the right like other beverages.”
See – Even a silly book you pick up from a book swap can be enlightening.