Sweetbitter (Vintage Contemporaries) (Paperback)

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Sweetbitter is the tantalizing coming of age story of 22-year old Tess who arrives in NYC to discover herself.  Think Bright Lights Big City for a new generation with NYC’s elite restaurant scene as the backdrop.  Tess is seduced and awakened by all of the tastes and experiences she encounters while learning the ropes as a backwaiter in an unnamed Union Square restaurant. She falls in love with the bar tender and under the watchful mentorship of the head waitress and ultimately caught in an emotional and complicated web that involves all three.  Danler’s deft telling of the story gives the reader a front row seat to the sensual experience of tasting oysters for the first time, understanding the nuanced differences between an “over oaked and buttery” California chardonnay and a French Viognier, and discovering truffles.  A great summer read for foodies, and literary lovers alike.

— Linda



Soon to be a series on Starz

"Brilliantly written. . . . Outstanding."—The New York Times Book Review

Newly arrived in New York City, twenty-two-year-old Tess lands a job working front of house at a celebrated downtown restaurant. What follows is her education: in champagne and cocaine, love and lust, dive bars and fine dining rooms, as she learns to navigate the chaotic, enchanting, punishing life she has chosen. The story of a young woman’s coming-of-age, set against the glitzy, grimy backdrop of New York’s most elite restaurants, in Sweetbitter Stephanie Danler deftly conjures the nonstop and high-adrenaline world of the food industry and evokes the infinite possibilities, the unbearable beauty, and the fragility and brutality of being young and adrift.

About the Author

Stephanie Danler is a writer based in Los Angeles, California.

Praise For…


“Outstanding.” —Gabrielle Hamilton, The New York Times Book Review

“Vivid and exquisite.” —NPR
“[A] heady first taste of self-discovery, bitter and salty and sweet.” —Entertainment Weekly
“Meticulously rendered.” —Los Angeles Times
“Ravishing. . . . It tantalizes, seduces, satisfies.” —O, The Oprah Magazine
“Smart, delicious. . . . A sexy, sweaty book of sensory overload.” —The Washington Post
“[Sweetbitter] is going to make a lot of people hungry.” .—The New York Times

“A heady mix of youth, love, gastronomic delights and determined self-invention. . . . [Danler] is a writer of prodigious talent.” —San Francisco Chronicle
“A raw, shucked, pungent, wild love story.” —Marie Claire

“Sexy, astute. . . . Anyone who’s ever tied on an apron will think, ‘Finally, someone wrote a book about us.’ And nailed it.” —People
“This dynamite book is filled with the heart-wrenching indignities of self-discovery, and gives a gritty, inside look to the fast-paced, drug-filled, whirlwind scene of restaurant life.” —Bon Appétit

Product Details
ISBN: 9781101911860
ISBN-10: 1101911867
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: April 4th, 2017
Pages: 368
Language: English
Series: Vintage Contemporaries