By Rick Paulas Cross-posted from KCET Food. In her new book “Behind the Kitchen Door,” Saru Jayaraman takes readers through a horrific. Behind the Kitchen Door has ratings and 96 reviews. Neil said: This is an worthwhile book talking about an important and widespread issue. While I’m. Behind the Kitchen Door. Saru Jayaraman . York Postpublished several articles documenting sexual harassment in restaurant kitchens in the United States.

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In the least, it will remind restaurants that these things are important. Pages with related products. But whether you eat haute cuisine or fast food, the well-being of restaurant workers is a pressing concern, affecting our health and safety, local economies, and the life of our communities.

The author presents stories of restaurant workers who are terribly exploited and abused, juxtaposed with stories of those whose spirit and determination lead them to fight against this oppression.

I kind of slogged through it. Competition for amazing cooks is still crazy rigorous.

I also felt that the author took many horrible, but worse case scenario stories, and painted the entire restaurant industry with that brush. Mar 31, Christina Brummett rated it really liked it.

Behind the Kitchen Door

It gives the book a much-needed optimistic lift when she describes the victories that the organization has achieved – otherwise the book could get weighed down by kitcheh abused the workers are. She shows how the most exploited aren’t just victims, but survivors organizing for dignity and safety in the food system. Finally, we are examining the living conditions of the people who serve us that food. Newsletters Comment Print this page. While this book lets you get ankle deep into the stories that it tells, each story is capped with how labor organizing was successful in helping in some way.


Dec 11, Meg rated it really liked it Shelves: The author combines research with individual stories from restaurant workers. She tells us thei The concept of this book is great, it taught me a lot of things I did not know about the restaurant industry.

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It feels at times that you need to really persevere to read this eoor, moving text. Furthermore, at times this book reads like one long pamphlet espousing ROC and its accomplishments. White workers get to wait on tables while people of color are relegated to more servile positions like bussing or dishwashing. May 11, Joann added it.

And line Book Review: Yet often the treatment their fellow man has received whilst tending to the ingredients, jayadaman in so-called developed countries, is often forgotten. The book includes worker profiles, stories of ROCunited successes, and s Written by the woman who started ROCunited an organization fighting for restaurant worker’s rightsit’s blatant about its goal to convince you, the eater, that restaurant workers faces inexcusable working conditions today, including less than living wages, no paid sick leave, and rampant racial and gender discrimination.

Bottom line is that the staffs of most restaurants, even fine dining establishments, are grossly underpaid because tips are necessary to get their salary up to minimum wage and their bosses often require them to exaggerate the tips received so the restaurant doesn’t have to make up the difference.


Something to think about next time I go out to dinner. It’s one in which as the restaurant grows, the people grow with it. We post photographs of our meals on Instagram. Want to Read saving…. Why are these things allowed to happen? kittchen

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Restaurant workers are the third highest in total number of non-fatal safu injuries and illnesses in the US. If you care about where your food comes from, this book is for you. It made sense- if a restaurant was not a responsible employer, how could we expect that restaurant to be responsible with our health and safety? The author started to work with a handful of these workers and found that the environment for restaurant workers was deplorable, humiliating, and oppressive.

My son wound up in the hospital for a week right after I finished this book, and it was interesting to see the same racial dynamics playing out in the hospital.