Michael Romano is the Director of Culinary Development for Union Square Events, and a partner at Union Square Hospitality Group. Today he is brought on the show to talk about his latest book, Favorite Staff Meals from Our Restaurants to Your Home. In his book, Michael takes us behind the scenes to share with us the food that the chefs make for one another before they cook for you. This atmosphere is considered the "family meal," a simple, often improvised dish to please the chefs' discerning plates. Mr. Romano also talks about the simple traditions in Japanese culture, and how he brings these ideas and philosophies to his restaurants. Tune-in to learn more about the book, and how Mr. Romano develops his restaurants to become successful in the food industry. This program has been sponsored by Fairway Markets. Thanks to Idgy Dean for today's music.

"We certainly do have an ethnic variety in the book. People cook from what they know and what they love; it was a great opportunity to share with other ethnicities." [11:30]

-- Michael Romano on Taste Matters