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Hotbox: Inside Catering, the Food World's Riskiest Business
Lee, Matt & . Holt. Apr. 2019. 288p. ISBN 9781627792615. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781627792622. COOKING
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Veteran cookbook authors Matt and Lee (The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen) take a behind-the-scenes look at the stressful world of high-end catering. The authors spent four years in the industry, interviewing the key players, from the planners to the chefs to the low-level assistants. Most important, they worked along the lines themselves, helping prep food and transport it as well as working the events. They explain the tricks of the trade: assembling thousands of delicacies and transporting them to galas, weddings, meetings, and celebrity events, all of which require getting the food delivered fresh and on time. The title refers to the all-important proffer; an upright aluminum cabinet on wheels that transports partially prepared food to the event location, where it will be completed. The personalities involved, as well as the sumptuous foods described, are presented in delicious detail.
VERDICT The authors do a great job at taking readers behind the scenes of a hectic profession many might take for granted.

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