Keep the Change (eBook)

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An irreverent, pavement-pounding, eye-opening exploration of a neglected part of the American economy: tipping

Tipping is huge in America. Almost everyoneleaves at least one tip every day. More thanfive million American workers depend onthem, and we spend $66 billion on tips each year.And everyone recognizes that queasy feeling—inbars and restaurants, barbershops and beautyparlors, hotels and strip clubs, and everywhereelse—when the check arrives or the tip jar looms.Omnipresent yet poorly understood, tipping hasworked its way into almost every part of daily life.

In Keep the Change, bestselling author SteveDublanica dives into this unexplored world, in acomical yet serious attempt to turn himself intothe Guru of the Gratuity. As intrepid and irreverentas Michael Moore or A. J. Jacobs, Dublanicatravels the country to meet shoeshine men, strippers,bartenders, bellhops, bathroom attendants,and many others, all in an effort to overcome hisown sweaty palms when faced with those perennialquestions: Should I tip? How much? Throughouthe explores why tipping has spread; he explainshow differences in gender, age, ethnicity, and nationalityaffect our attitudes; and he reveals just whatthe cabdriver or deliveryman thinks of us afterwe’ve left a tip.

Written in the lively style that made WaiterRant such a hit, Keep the Change is a fun and enlighteningquest that will change the way wethink—and tip.

About the Author


Steve Dublanica is the bestselling author of Waiter Rant, which spent twelve weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. He lives in the New York metropolitan area with his joint-custody dog, Buster.

Praise for Keep the Change…


“Funny and fascinating. . . . After reading this book, you’ll be sure to generously tip your hotel housekeepers and parking valets.”
-Wall Street Journal

“A hilarious, irreverent etiquette guide.”
-Forbes

“Half travelogue, half manifesto, the book recounts his misadventures in tipping as he travels across America talking with a cross-section of the 3 percent of the workforce that relies on tips.”
-Mother Jones

“Full of amusing tales of big tippers and tightwads told by waiters, shoeshine men, bathroom attendants, strippers and more.”
-Newsday

“A hilariously uncensored etiquette diatribe.”
-Kirkus Reviews

“Even seasoned service veterans might be surprised by the discoveries revealed in the book.”
-Boston Herald

“Giving a little extra just got easier with a master’s guide to gratuities. New York is the capital of tipping and no one understands that better than Steve Dublanica. The 42-year-old waiter-turned-author shares his expertise in Keep the Change.”
-Daily News

“Funny and illuminating, it’s recommended to anyone seeking enlightenment about gratuities.”
-Library Journal

“I’m not sure what the proper etiquette is for tipping authors, but we should all give a nice bonus to Steve Dublanica for writing such a funny and surprising book on this oft-overlooked part of everyday life.”
-A.J. Jacobs

PRAISE FOR WAITER RANT: “…amusing and informative…along with the stories, some of which are hilarious, Dublanica provides useful advice for the customer...Waiter Rant is as delightful as it is irreverent.”
-Washington Post Book World

“Waiter Rant has all the fixings for fun....What Anthony Bourdain’s tell-all about life in the kitchen did for Hollandaise sauce, Waiter Rant will do for side salads.”
-Los Angeles Times

“…funny and touching.”
-Chicago Tribune

“The main attraction here is [Dublanica’s] acerbic, biting and often hilarious accounts of life behind the scenes at the front of the house.”
-Wall Street Journal

The other shoe finally drops. The front-of-the-house version of Kitchen Confidential; a painfully funny, excruciatingly true-life account of the waiter’s life. As useful as it is entertaining. You will never look at your waiter the same way again–and will never tip less than 20%.
-Anthony Bourdain

“Anyone that has ever eaten in a restaurant is going to want to grab [this book].”
-Matt Lauer, Today

“Writing a best-seller is a big deal, and the Waiter deserves a 20% tip for serving up such a fun summer read.”
-Forbes.com

“The Waiter dishes candidly on the outrageous behavior of staffers and customers at the undisclosed upscale restaurant where he works...[Waiter Rant] leaves no doubt that servers deserve not only 15 percent but an occasional pound of flesh, too. In his debut memoir, the Waiter extracts it with panache.”
-American Way

“For enlightenment on how to handle such situations, I reached out to The Waiter. You know, the New York City-based guy who created the wildly entertaining Waiter Rant blog, which is now a cannot-put-it-down book.”
-Seattle Post-Intelligencer

“…here is my unabashed recommendation: If you eat out with any regularity, read this book!”
-Chicago Sun-Times

“Lucky for the reader, The Waiter has kept his eyes open and is willing to gossip about what he has seen from the other side of the menu.”
-Tampa Tribune

“Fortunately, The Waiter (who has since outed himself as a chap called Steve Dublanica) does more in this book than get even; he provides thoughtful insights into how the restaurant business works.”
-Bloomberg News

“[Waiter Rant] offers an irreverent, insightful look inside the industry (complete with blurb from Anthony Bourdain).”
-Boston Globe

I really enjoyed WAITER RANT. The book is engaging and funny, a story told from my polar opposite perspective. I will now do my best to act better as a Chef -- and I dare say, I’ll never be rude to a waiter again, as long as I live.
-John DeLucie, Chef, The Waverly Inn

“In the casual, confessional tone of a seasoned blogger, The Waiter tells of corruption, intrigue, drug abuse, heated romance and of course tips, weaving it all into a humorously detailed memoir. . . . A heartfelt, irreverent look at the underbelly of fine dining.”
-Kirkus Reviews

Product Details ISBN-13: 9780062020130
Published: HarperCollins e-books, 11/02/2010
Language: en