Saru Jayaraman: It’s All About ME

This week marks the official release of Saru Jayaraman’s new book, Behind the Kitchen Door. (Jayaraman, for those who aren’t familiar, is co-founder of a labor union front group called the Restaurant Opportunities Center, or ROC.)

For a book that’s been billed as a meditation on “what can be done to improve conditions for the nation’s restaurant workforce,” Behind the Kitchen Door contains an awful lot of content about….Saru Jayaraman:

  • “…I’d spend the next 11 years of my life…”
  • “…and made fun of my seriousness…”
  • “…I began to feel in my heart…”
  • “I also trained my new colleagues…”
  • “…only strengthened my resolve…”
  • “…I decided to check my email…”
  • “…that forever changed me…”
  • “…the caller wanted me…”
  • “It took me a while…”
  • “They described to me…”
  • “…to work with me.”
  • “…people had told me…”
  • “…he completely disarmed me….”
  • “…while also listening to me…”
  • “…to ask Mamdouh and me…”
  • “…assured me it was truly a victory.”
  • “…gave me a hug.”
  • “…brought the cook to see me.”
  • “…and later told me stories…”
  • “One of the woman workers told me…”
  • “The woman told me…”
  • “…meeting with Mamdouh and me.”
  • “I asked a young boy to tell me…”
  • “He guided me through…”

That’s 24 references to herself (not including “I”) in just the first 10 pages of the book. In 207 pages, Jayaraman manages to pack in 238 mentions of “me,” 346 mentions of “my,” and 180 mentions of ROC. That’s an average of 3.7 self-promoting references per page—again, not including the use of the word “I.” (Even a sympathetic reviewer said that Jayaraman’s book “reads like one giant self-promotional brochure.”)

In honor of Jayaraman’s new (self) promotional book, we’ve put together a few alternate book covers and titles to better match the book’s contents:

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