BOOK REVIEW: It’s a Miracle They Ain’t Dead Yet
It’s a Miracle They Ain’t Dead Yet: Welcome to the Texas Café – Paperback (Nov. 23, 2009) by Kenneth Suna
Normally we only review restaurants but, I had the good fortune of connecting with Kenneth Suna on Twitter (@kennethsuna) and soon found myself on Amazon.com buying the Kindle version of his book. Kenneth asked if I would consider doing a review of the book and, considering the relevancy of the material, I was more than happy to oblige.
Kenneth gives the reader an insightful look into the soft underbelly of the restaurant business. The Texas Café, we are told “the names have been changed to protect the guilty”, is where Kenneth reveals he cut his teeth in the business. This was a journey which he endured several years and explores the many people he worked with and the lessons learned from his interactions with co-workers, management and patrons.
This book is a good read for foodies and those in the restaurant business but, I found the management lessons learned could be applied to almost any industry. Have you ever wondered what goes on when you waiter is out of sight, how food is prepared in the kitchen or how a restaurant deals with it’s logistical problems that diners don’t see? Kenneth throws the covers off of how it was done at The Texas Café.
The book reads well, progresses quickly and it’s clever anecdotes will certainly bring both a smile and a grimace, particularly to those of us who have had the opportunity to work in the restaurant business.