I hope everyone in the industry will manage to grab some downtime for themselves this holiday season. I know for many readers in restaurants, it means that Jan. 2 can’t arrive quickly enough, while others in settings like college and university dining may have begun winding down already. As you suggest, I love taking this time of year to reflect on the way things have gone and where I will improve. I find that books by industry leaders are a great tool through which to think about your own practice and goals.
I am answering this question by reviewing the books on my own nightstand, which have taken up all the nightstand real estate and expanded to two large piles on the floor. I chose three titles that I’m moving to the top of my holiday must-read list. They’re a mix of management books, memoirs and how-to from leading industry voices.