Sunday, May 27, 2007

A Dishwasher Cants

A former dishwasher has written a book about his experience of being a dishwasher. I have not read the book and probably won't until I get through the stack that's on my desk right now (below) but I'm betting it's worth a shot. Anyone who has ever worked in a professional kitchen knows that as awful as it is, it'd be pure hell without dishwashers.

I don't like to remember how many times I walked into work to hear "the diswasher is sick" or "the dishwasher quit" and had to crank out lunch and dinner and peel the shallots and flute the mushrooms, and clean the grease trap, and wash pots and pans.

We also know that because dishwashers tend to come from the fringes of society, are generally low-paid, that they lead lives that are fraught with peril. So this might be a good read:

Pete Jordan - Dishwasher: One Man’s Quest to Wash Dishes in All 50 States - Books - New York Times

My Spring Reading List

Mindless Eating by Brian Wansink, PhD
Molecular Gastronomy, by Herve' This
The Singularity is Near, by Ray Kurzweil
All The Pretty Horses, by Cormac Mcarthy*

*I'm reading this now.


Ed said...

Yes, Herve This is worth it - while I experiment with Heston Blumenthal

The Foodist said...

When I read your post I was expecting an indepth book about Latino dishwashers and their lives.

but hey this works!

Robert said...

Nice list Bob I also have "Molecular Gastronomy" on my list right after "Heat" and "The Reach of A Chef".

Sorcha said...

Oooh, I may have to read that, having been a dishwasher myself.

Rob Keener said...

I actually like washing dishes and peeling potatoes- it's a change in the 90 hour a week routine of developing specials reprimanding the servers and so on... I bet it's a good book and worth reading - palabra