Britt and Leo have spent ten years running Winesap, the best restaurant in their small Pennsylvania town. They cater to their loyal customers; they don't sleep with the staff; and business is good, even if their temperamental pastry chef is bored with making the same chocolate cake night after night. But when their younger brother, Harry, opens his own restaurant—a hip little joint serving an aggressive lamb neck dish—Britt and Leo find their own restaurant thrown off-kilter. Britt becomes fascinated by a customer who arrives night after night, each time with a different dinner companion. Their pastry chef, Hector, quits, only to reappear at Harry's restaurant. And Leo finds himself falling for his executive chef-tempted to break the cardinal rule of restaurant ownership. Filled with hilarious insider detail—the one-upmanship of staff meals before the shift begins, the rivalry between bartender and hostess, the seedy bar where waitstaff and chefs go to drink off their workday—Bread and Butter is both an incisive novel of family and a gleeful romp through the inner workings of restaurant kitchens. (from Netgalley)My Thoughts
I enjoyed this story about three bothers - Britt, Leo and Harry. I thought the author did a great job balancing typical sibling rivalry with traditional love of family. The three men each have their own distinctive personalities and it was fun spending time with them. The behind the scenes look at the restaurant business was pretty entertaining and provided a few laugh out loud moments.
Many thanks to Doubleday, via Netgalley, for allowing me to read this in exchange for an unbiased review.