Two highly successful veterans in the restaurant industry offer surefire tips to lower the risks of failure, avoid the common pitfalls, and make day-to-day operations smooth and profitable. Highlights of this practical handbook ---- menus: samples, special promotions, and charts and instructions to determine price for profit; -- food production: techniques for controlling food production, charts, sample records, and avoiding production problems; -- controlling costs: sound purchasing policies an good storage and handling practices; -- health and environmental issues: keeping up with governmental guidelines on environmental regulations and on dealing with food borne illnesses.The authors cover every detail of running a restaurant. Franchising, catering, changes in meat grading, labor management, cocktail lounge operations, computerized techniques in accounting, bookkeeping, and seating and much more are all covered at length. Restaurant owners and managers will surely find The Complete Restaurant Management Guide invaluable.
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The term 'soft power' describes a country's ability to get what it wants by attracting rather than coercing others - by engaging hearts and minds through cultural and political values and foreign policies that other countries see as legitimate and conducive to their own interests. The concept was introduced by Joseph Nye, former Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, who wrote the Foreword for this book.The book analyzes the soft power assets of the United States and Japan, and how they contributed to one of the most successful, if unlikely, bilateral relationships of the twentieth century. Sponsored by the U.S. Social Science Research Council and the Japan Foundation's Center for Global Partnership, the book brings together anthropologists, political scientists, historians, economists, diplomats, and others to explore the multiple axes of soft power that operate in the U.S.-Japanese relationship, and between the United States and Japan and other regions of the world.The contributors move beyond an 'either-or' concept of hard versus soft power to a more dynamic interpretation, and demonstrate the important role of non-state actors in wielding soft power. They show how public diplomacy on both sides of the Pacific - bolstered by less formal influences such as popular cultural icons, product brands, martial arts, baseball, and educational exchanges - has led to a vibrant U.S.-Japanese relationship since World War II despite formidable challenges. Emphasizing the essentially interactive nature of persuasion, the book highlights an approach to soft power that has many implications for the world today.