Threaded between the anecdotes are fascinating insights into the economics of running a restaurant.
And if the specifics of the anecdotes she tells are not so accurate—well, to her, they add up to a bigger truth.
Hopefully these anecdotes will offer up culinary and conversational inspiration this Thanksgiving.
1670s, "secret or private stories," from French anecdote (17c.) or directly from Greek anekdota "things unpublished," neuter plural of anekdotos, from an- "not" (see an-) + ekdotos "published," from ek- "out" + didonai "to give" (see date (n.1)).
Procopius' 6c. Anecdota, unpublished memoirs of Emperor Justinian full of court gossip, gave the word a sense of "revelation of secrets," which decayed in English to "brief, amusing stories" (1761).