Not since Anthony Bourdain’s “Kitchen Confidential” and Gabrielle Hamilton’s “Blood, Bones and Butter” has there been a more hotly anticipated book set in the restaurant world than Stephanie Danler‘s debut novel, “Sweetbitter.” And, boy, does it deliver. The story swirls and crashes around its central character, Tess, who arrives in New York City naive, expectant and yearning for new experiences. The day she lands a job at one of the most celebrated restaurants in the city, she’s thrust into a chaotic, renegade ecosystem, one that sparks her sexual and culinary awakening.
Having been a waitress for so long, this book was a revelation for me. It captured–no holds barred–the world I lived in for years, while I struggled with who to become and what to do next. I met the most wonderful people at my “restaurant home” and they became mentors, friends and inspiring figures in my life. I am very thankful for my Gjelina family who made my experience so positive and enriching. Love you guys!
I hope you all enjoy this episode. I suggest pairing a chilled glass of chablis with this conversation!