'I have been a restaurant critic for over a decade, written reviews of well over 700 establishments, and if there is one thing I have learnt it is that people like reviews of bad restaurants. No, scratch that. They adore them, feast upon them like starving vultures who have spotted fly-blown carrion out in the bush.
Dining Roulette: The Truth about Restaurants from the Inside Out is essential reading for every foodie, restaurant goer, and restaurant owner and manager. It reveals the secrets, tips, and industry information needed to establish and maintain a successful business, and gives practical, prescriptive advice to restaurant patrons about what they should look for to determine which restaurants are worth their patronage. Filled with real-life, jaw-dropping stories from the culinary industry, this book is a wake-up call. Did you know that restaurant chains may become a site for the next generation of terror threats? What should you avoid at your favorite restaurant that will make you sick? With authentic, definitive, and often humorous real-life experiences, author John Brown's work is an industry insider's take on the restaurant industry. Brown offers prescriptive advice for restaurant owners, including: ten suggestions to stay in business, how to beat the industry employee turnover rate, and how to avoid common mistakes. For restaurant patrons, Brown gives advice on: evaluating the cleanliness of a restaurant, restaurant vocabulary and phrases, and fine eating establishments that every foodie should visit. Dining Roulette shows why health departments struggle to cope with the everyday challenges of maintaining proper health and safety standards, and why so many people die every year after being served in our restaurants. If you've ever eaten in a restaurant or have upcoming reservations, you must read this book.
Wesley and Evie Cunningham have fulfilled their dreams. They are newly married, run a home for orphaned and hurting children, and have all the love they could ever need. When Evie wakes up in the middle of the night with a dark horrible feeling upon her she knows that something bad is about to happen. The weeks pass and a murder takes place in their beloved town of Rockland, but then all becomes well again. Evie announces she is pregnant, Peter and Constance come for a visit, adoptions of some of the orphans take place, and Knox announces his engagement to someone very unexpected. All the Cunningham's dreams do not stay fulfilled, however. War has plagued Europe since 1914. America has not entered and President Wilson says they will stay neutral. Wesley feels a pull to help the French. When he learns that an all American volunteer flying squadron has been formed in France, he checks out the details. In February, 1916 he is sent overseas. He and Evie pray for peace in their lives with this new decision. After Wesley leaves, Evie must direct the orphan home all by herself, then tragedy after tragedy strikes and she is left to wonder why God would leave her in such a predicament without her husband. Meanwhile, in Europe, Wesley is used mightily by God to influence a man who would have never looked to God for help if it was not for the miraculous healing he witnesses. When all seems lost, Wesley and Evie hang on to truth. A truth that will see their dreams fulfilled. A truth that will set them free from what burdens them in this time of war.
Shortly after the publication of her bestseller, "The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, "Stein found herself stymied by writer's block. A series of local crimes inspired this attempt to revive her artistry, a droll detective novel in which the central mystery involves rediscovering the path to creativity.
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