… I agree with most of the readers that say it was one of the funniest, most insightful, and shockingly honest books I have ever read. The book is written in a unique voice, which might be hard to get if you’re much older (although my dad is 65 and he also loved it) or are not that into boldly brazen and somewhat raunchy humorous writing. I don’t think that you have to be really into restaurants to appreciate it, but if you are (like I am), you will likely get a lot more out of it. If you dine out alot and are fond of famous chefs and restaurateurs (like Jean-Georges, Keith and Brian McNally, Graydon Carter, etc.) then this book is an absolute eye-opener that will change the way you view “hott” restaurants forever.
Also worth mentioning is the fact that even though I originally read it because of the restaurant angle (this book is very well-known in NYC), I actually found the author’s experiences as a struggling artist in the high-fashion industry even more interesting and heart-wrenching. And even better than that were her hilarious but profound views of life and people in general.
Basically, if you love celebrities, fabulous restaurants, NYC nightlife, couture fashion, or just good, funny, endearing, boot-strapping, amazingly inspirational stories, then I think you will love it as much as I did. But if you don’t like or have any curiosity about any of those things, this book is probably not the best choice for you. I can see how some people might find it depressing, because the author (whether she knows it or not) actually lives a fantastic life that others can only dream of.
– by Robert R., Amazon reviewer