Category Archives: Nonfiction

November Meeting: Service Included

Ever wonder what it’s like to be a staff      member in one of the finest restaurants in the country?  Our November book, “Service Included” by Phoebe Damrosch, gives you more than a peek into the life of a service captain at Thomas Keller’s Per Se from the intense training to her dalliance with the sommelier.

Along with giving juicy details on the  inner workings of THE New York fine dining establishment, Ms. Damrosch also provides tips to make us all better patrons, such as, “[t]here is no need to say that you are allergic when you don’t like something. Not only are allergies very serious, but also you have every right to your personal taste.”

Alabama Booksmith revamped its business model last month, and I am sad to report that they are no longer offering the discount for our books.  However, the Central Library has a copy available as does Mountain Brook.

Please join us on Tuesday, November 13th, at 6pm to discuss the book at a local dining establishment. The place will be announced next week, so please check back for more details!


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March: Sex, Death, and Oysters

SexDeathOystersFor our March 10th meeting, we’re reading Sex, Death, and Oysters by Robb Walsh. Walsh writes for the Houston Press, and has received many James Beard Award nominations for his work. This book started out as a cover story for the Press in March 2004, and in addition to the book, it’s also turned into a blog. You can also go to Robb Walsh’s site to see pictures he took while researching the book.

We’ll meet Tuesday, March 10, and we’re planning to meet at The Fish Market downtown at 612 22nd Street South to enjoy oysters while we talk. (Book talk is free, yet fun; oysters, drinks, or dinner are on your own.)

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