Restaurant Worker Advocate Visits Santa Cruz for Reading, Book Signing
Just published, Behind the Kitchen Door (Cornell University Press, 2013) is an exploration of the political, economic, and moral implications of dining out. Blending personal narrative and investigative journalism, Jayaraman followed restaurant workers in New York, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Miami, Detroit, and New Orleans to investigate how low wages, poor working conditions, discrimination, exploitation, and unsanitary kitchens affect the meals that are placed on restaurant tables.
Jayaraman’s agenda is to raise the living standards of the nation’s second-largest private sector workforce and ensure that dining out is a positive experience on both sides of the kitchen door.
She is co-founder and co-director of the national restaurant workers’ organization Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC-United) and director of the Food Labor Research Center at UC Berkeley. She is a graduate of Yale Law School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and was profiled in the New York Times “Public Lives” section in 2005, and was named one of Crain’s “40 Under 40” in 2008.
The event is co-sponsored by ROC-United, The Welcome Table, and Slow Food Santa Cruz.
Article written by Guy Lasnier.