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The shocking secrets of the world's finest kitchens

What makes a restaurant hot? Whose name do you need to drop to get a table? Why is one place booked solid for the next nine months while somewhere equally delicious is as empty and inhospitable as the Gobi desert?

Welcome to the restaurant business, where the hours are punishing, the conditions are brutal and the Chef's Special has been languishing at the back of the fridge for the past three days.
This is an industry plagued with obsessives. Why else do some chefs drive themselves crazy in pursuit of elusive Michelin stars, when in reality all they're doing is 'making someone else's tea'?

Nothing is left to chance: the lighting, the temperature or even the cut of the salmon fillet. There's even a spot of psychology behind the menu. What do they want you to order? What makes them the most money? And why should you really hold back on those side dishes?

In Restaurant Babylon, Imogen Edwards-Jones and her anonymous industry insider lift the lid on all the tricks of the food trade and what really makes this £90 billion a year industry tick. So please do sit down, pour yourself some heavily marked-up wine and make yourself comfortable (although we'll need that table back by 8.30 sharp).

Reviews

A glorious behind-the-scenes account of London's debauched hospitality business.

Observer

Shocking and at times jaw-dropping, this is a must-read for any Babylon fans or those who like eating out. ****

Heat

Edwards-Jones gets away with stories far more bizarre than anything you would believe in a novel. Sometimes you laugh out loud at the outrageousness of it all...[her] mission is to amuse and entertain

Marcus Berkmann, Daily Mail

What's not to like?

David Sexton, Evening Standard

Very thoroughly researched

Observer Food Monthly, Books of the Year

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  • Paperback

    9780552167123

    April 15, 2014

    Corgi

    384 pages

    RRP $19.99

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    9781448111374

    July 18, 2013

    Transworld Digital

    384 pages

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