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Joe Bastianich's book: Restaurant Man

allende | May 3, 201201:08 AM

The book finally came out the other day. It is a good read, quite interesting. Unfortunately, it is laced with profanity... really laced and it was all unnecessary for the story he tells about himself and Batali.

Furthermore, the book is full of factual errors and shows that Bastianich doesn't know nearly as much as he wants everyone to believe. Here is the first of many mistakes: "Angelo Gaja and Bruno Giacosa were making great Barolos." Angelo Gaja making great Barolos? Where did you get that from Joe?

What Bastianich wants to show is that he knows all the players (he was talking about the early 80s here) so that he gets bragging rights. Unfortunately, there are sentences like this where you know he is just making stuff up in order to name drop.

Nonetheless, it is an interesting book and he doesn't pull any punches on his likes and dislikes (see the sections on John Mariani and Steve Cuozzo).

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