Behind the Kitchen Door. Book. Movement.
Behind the Kitchen Door: What Every Diner Should Know About the People Who Feed Us is a groundbreaking exploration of the political, economic, and moral implications of eating out. What’s at stake when we choose a restaurant is not only our own health or “foodie” experience, but the health and well-being of the second-largest private sector workforce. How do restaurant workers live on some of the lowest wages in America? And how do poor working conditions—discriminatory labor practices, exploitation, and unsanitary kitchens—affect the meals that arrive at our restaurant tables? Saru Jayaraman, who launched a national restaurant workers organization after 9/11, sets out to answer these questions by following the lives of ten restaurant workers in cities across the US. Written by Saru Jayaraman, founder of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United.
Book release date: February 2013 from Cornell University Press.