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labrys, July 24, 2013 (view all comments by labrys)
Nationwide, we are talking more about sustainability in terms of organic food and buying local but as Eric Scholosser writes, "You would think that, at very least, the people who feed us deserve as much attention and compassion as what we're being fed."
This book looks at the lives of and conditions faced by restaurant workers reveals an often ignored part of the sustainability discussion. This book will challenges us to develop a broader view of those concepts, one that includes the poorest among us.
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clista, February 19, 2013 (view all comments by clista)
I am a retired Public Health Inspector (Now called a Registered Environmental Health Specialist- REHS)and I can attest to the accuracy of what is shown in the video. I rarely eat out in restaurants.
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Lurline, February 12, 2013 (view all comments by Lurline)
In recent years we have focused on the living conditions of the animals raised for our food. Finally, we are examining the living conditions of the people who serve us that food. This book does an excellent job of integrating large scale research results with personal vignettes. The author presents stories of restaurant workers who are terribly exploited and abused, juxtaposed with stories of those whose spirit and determination lead them to fight against this oppression. As a result the book raises consciousness , inspires hope, and provides practical suggestions on how consumers can work for a more just and spiritually wholesome restaurant industry. For those of us who wish to choose compassionate consumption, the book is a beacon.
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ISBN:
9780801451720
Author:
Jayaraman, Saru
Publisher:
ILR Press
Foreword:
Schlosser, Eric
Author:
Jayaraman, Sarumathi
Subject:
Politics-Labor
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Publication Date:
20130231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English

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"Review" by , "With Behind the Kitchen Door, Saru Jayaraman has introduced a fresh and essential perspective on our culture's food obsessions and dining habits. By highlighting the lives and circumstances of workers who are often unseen and unheard, she has helped us see that labor is a key ingredient of authentic sustainability, and greatly enriched our understanding of those people who have — whether we have recognized it or not — been part of some of the most important celebrations of our lives."
"Review" by , "Half of all Americans eat out at least once a week. The restaurant has become our second kitchen. In her groundbreaking new book, Saru Jayaraman exposes a missing plotline in the story of our food: the story of who's behind the kitchen door, how they're treated, and why it matters. Hers is a captivating, rousing story. If you care about where your food comes from, this book is for you. Read this book, get inspired, and join the fight for fair food behind the kitchen door." Anna Lappé, founder of the Real Food Media Project and bestselling author of Diet for a Hot Planet
"Review" by , "The poorest paid workers in America are the ones most likely to be cooking your food and washing your dishes. Saru Jayaraman tells their stories with searing analysis and vital compassion in this landmark book. She shows how the most exploited aren't just victims, but survivors organizing for dignity and safety in the food system. And in so doing, she helps us understand that sustainable food isn't just about how organic or local the food is, but how high workers can hold their heads."
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