Its cover is made of a brown, leather-type substance, and is bound with golden straps around the spine/side. The titular writing has a similar style to most of the writing that one would expect from Bikini Bottom and no author is given.
The book How To Become A Fancy Waiter in Less Than 20 Minutes was a major contributor to the conflict in the episode "Squilliam Returns." Squidward told SpongeBob to read the book to trick Squilliam Fancyson that the Krusty Krab was a 5-star restaurant. SpongeBob pledges to memorize it, "down to the punctuation marks," but finds it includes too much information for his brain to handle. When Squidward tells him to "empty your mind of everything that isn't about fine dining and breathing," he follows those instructions to the extent of forgetting his own name. When he is prompted afterward about what this is, his sanity cracks and he ruins the restaurant, blowing Squidward's cover and revealing the Krusty Krab's true standards.
- Judging by the width of the book, it should take longer than 20 minutes to read this entire manual.
- When SpongeBob claims he cannot read anymore because of how full his brain was, this could prove that the book was actually long.
- However, it is possible that SpongeBob had a different way of memorizing the steps rather than literally reading it.
- Squidward said there was 20 minutes until Squilliam arrived. So SpongeBob should've gotten the book from Squidward 5 to 10 minutes in advance, to become a fancy waiter.