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Down and Out in Paris and London, Kitchen Confidential, Behind The Kitchen Door

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Orwell’s Down and Out in London and Paris is a culinary must read.

It is Orwell’s own story of poverty, hunger and struggle while working in hotels and restaurants, floating from job to job.

The novel is a precursor to Bourdain‘s Kitchen Confidential and chronicles aspects of the hospitality sector which remain today.

Behind the Kitchen Door, by Saru Jayaraman, is also somewhat intertextually related to Down and Out. Behind The Kitchen Door is a scholarly work, printed by Cornell University Press. It champions a living wage for all hospitality workers, a safe, equal and respectful working environment, and the importance of health insurance, sick days and hygiene.


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