Culinary Education & Career Development Materials for the Professional

The Professional Chef, Seventh Edition

Next to their knives, the tool America’s top chefs have used to learn their cooking skills The Professional Chef, the official text of The Culinary Institute of America’s culinary degree program, has taught tens of thousands of chefs the techniques and fundamentals that have launched their careers.Now in a revolutionary revision, The Professional Chef, Seventh Edition not only teaches the reader how, but is designed to reflect why the CIA methods are the gold standard for chefs. With lavish, four-color photography and clear, instructive text, The Professional Chef, Seventh Edition guides culinary students–professional aspirants and serious home cooks, alike–to mastery of the kitchen. Over 660 classic and contemporary recipes, with almost 200 variations, were chosen especially for their use of fundamental techniques. These techniques and recipes form a foundation from which a professional chef or home cook can build a personal repertoire.

From mise en place (preparation) to finished dishes, the book covers Stocks, Sauces, and Soups; Meats, Poultry, Fish, and Shellfish; Vegetables, Potatoes, Grains, and Legumes, Pasta and Dumplings; Breakfast and Garde Manger; Baking and Pastry. In addition to a comprehensive treatment of techniques and recipes, The Professional Chef, Seventh Edition teaches readers other critical elements of the professional chef’s domain–much of it universally applicable to any kitchen. From “An Introduction to the Professional,” to the identification of tools and ingredients, to nutrition, food science and food and kitchen safety, the book is a wealth of beautifully presented information useful for any cook.

The Culinary Institute of America has been hailed as “The nation’s most influential training school for professional cooks” by Time magazine. The Professional Chef, Seventh Edition, the cornerstone of its program in book form, belongs on the shelf of every serious cook.
The Culinary Institute of America (Hyde Park, NY, and St. Helena, CA) was founded in 1946. Known as the Harvard of cooking schools, and credited with having “changed the way Americans eat” by the James Beard Foundation, CIA has trained tens of thousands of foodservice professionals.


Culinary Nutrition for Food Professionals

In today’s market, a large percentage of food consumed is eaten or purchased away from home which has created an increasing demand for healthful options across all segments of the food industry. Now, more than ever, your customers realize that diet plays an important role in maintaining good health. The completely revised, second edition of Culinary Nutrition for Food Professionals gives you all of the information you need to balance taste and health while maintaining your unique niche in today’s competitive marketplace. This book is oriented toward nutrition applications to foodservice including:

  • food science and nutrition science
  • current dietary recommendations
  • new food labeling regulations
  • product selection
  • menu planning for specific clientele and operational segments
  • recipe development, nutrition analysis, and cooking techniques
  • merchandising healthful options in the menu mix
  • staff training
  • agricultural, industry and current food safety issues
  • marketing

In addition, a one-of-a-kind chapter addresses fitness and diet needs for food professionals. It is designed as a guide for maintaining peak productivity at the work site. Culinary Nutrition for Food Professionals is recommended by the Educational Institute of the American Culinary Federation and has been endorsed by educators and other food professionals as a key textbook for both culinary and hospitality management programs. In addition, the book is a vital and current reference for foodservice managers, chefs, caterers, food product developers and retailers, restaurateurs, food writers, and health professionals. It is also a practical reference for individuals who wish to learn the professional approach to cooking for taste and health. Food professionals and educators are saying this about the revised second edition of Culinary Nutrition for Food Professionals: “This book will certainly be useful to all of us.” —Julia Child, Cambridge, MA (From the Foreword) “This book should be part of any professional chef’s library. It is current and on target with the needs of the food service industry as it meets and adapts to the consciousness of today’s nutritionally aware customers. This book will also be an excellent tool to meet the needs of our young culinarians entering the profession. It is written in a style which is easy for the professional chef to follow.” —Noel Cullen, EdD, CMC, AAC, Chairman, American Culinary Federation Educational Institute; and Associate Professor, School of Hospitality Administration, Boston University “In these times when the American public is examining their diet so closely, it is more important than ever that cooks and chefs move to increase both their knowledge of nutrition and its implications. Carol Hodges’ book is a comprehensible yet accessible look at the many aspects of diet and nutrition. It is an outstanding book for anyone who works with food to increase their education in a subject that is on the front line of the cooking profession.” —Chris Schlesinger, Chef-Owner, East Coast Grill and The Blue Room, Cambridge, MA “To say I am impressed with the content of the book would be an understatement. It is, in my opinion, right on target with what every foodservice professional needs to know to adapt his or her recipes and menus to meet the changing needs of today’s customers. It is written at the level and in the vocabulary of a chef, foodservice manager, and other foodservice professionals.” —Jeff Larson, CEC, Dean of Instruction, Northeast Metro Technical College, St. Paul, MN (From the Foreword) Special Note: This book is recommended by the American Culinary Federation and the international Association of Culinary professionals for meeting certification requirement


Baking and Pastry : Mastering the Art and Craft

The most up-to-date kitchen reference available on hot and cold buffet—from the experts at The Culinary Institute of America
This complete book on garde manger covers the art and technique of preparing a full range of hot and cold dishes—from hors d’oeuvres and appetizers to salads, sandwiches, and soups, to sausages, cured and smoked foods, terrines, p€tés, condiments, and more. There are 500 recipes that inspire readers to build skills and experiment with new dishes, while 75 all-new color photographs by award-winning photographer Ben Fink make it easy to visualize key techniques. With an attractive new design, this edition also features fresh material on appetizers, hors d’oeuvres, and buffet management, all with a focus on international options.

Founded in 1946, The Culinary Institute of America is an independent, not-for-profit college offering bachelor’s and associate degrees in culinary arts and baking and pastry arts. Courses for foodservice professionals are offered at the college’s main campus in Hyde Park, New York, and at its additional campus for continuing education, The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, in St. Helena, California. Also available from the Culinary Institute of America Baking and Pastry: Mastering the Art and Craft


Culinary Calculations : Simplified Math for Culinary Professionals

Useful,applied coverage of mathematics for the food service industry
In today’s competitive food service industry, a strong command over the basics of mathematics is essential to the success of every business. Culinary Calculations covers the critical math concepts culinary and food service professionals need to increase the profitability of a food service establishment by accurately controlling food costs, portion sizes, and food waste.

Focusing on math concepts and applications commonly used in the food service industry, this easy-to-understand book examines how to apply math principles in the back of the house, from the basics to more difficult concepts like costing, AP/EP, recipe conversion and costing, menu pricing, and inventory costs. Three useful appendices offer handy access to such useful information as tips for using a calculator, conversion tables, and common item yields.
Formatted with plenty of room to work through exercises and problems at the end of each chapter, Culinary Calculations is a helpful and accessible tool for students.


Culinary Artistry

“In Culinary Artistry…Dornenburg and Page provide food and flavor pairings as a kind of steppingstone for the recipe-dependent cook…Their hope is that once you know the scales, you will be able to compose a symphony.”—Molly O’Neil in The New York Times Magazine.

For anyone who believes in the potential for artistry in the realm of food, Culinary Artistry is a must-read. This is the first book to examine the creative process of culinary composition as it explores the intersection of food, imagination, and taste. Through interviews with more than 30 of America’s leading chefs—including Rick Bayless, Daniel Boulud, Gray Kunz, Jean-Louis Palladin, Jeremiah Tower, and Alice Waters—the authors reveal what defines “culinary artists,” how and where they find their inspiration, and how they translate that vision to the plate. Through recipes and reminiscences, chefs discuss how they select and pair ingredients, and how flavors are combined into dishes, dishes into menus, and menus into bodies of work that eventually comprise their cuisines.


The Making of a Chef : Mastering Heat at the Culinary Institute of America

In the winter of 1996, Michael Ruhlman donned hounds-tooth-check pants and a chef’s jacket and entered the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, to learn the art of cooking. His vivid and energetic record of that experience, The Making of a Chef, takes us to the heart of this food-knowledge mecca. Here we meet a coterie of talented chefs, an astonishing and driven breed. Ruhlman learns fundamental skills and information about the behavior of food that make cooking anything possible. Ultimately, he propels himself and his readers through a score of kitchens and classrooms, from Asian and American regional cuisines to lunch cookery and even table waiting, in search of the elusive, unnameable elements of great cooking.


Culinary Arts Career Starter

This Career Starter is essential reading for those interested in launching a successful career in the culinary arts. Everything you need to know is provided under one cover: where to get the schooling/training you need, how to finance your education, how to find the best-paying jobs, and how to make a name for yourself once you’re on the job, and so on. Chefs, cooks, and other kitchen workers held more than 3.4 million jobs in 1996, and employment is projected to increase 10-20% between 1996 and 2006.The American Culinary Federation endorses the Culinary Arts Career Starter.


Careers for Gourmets & Others Who Relish Food, Second Edition

Careers for Gourmets & Others Who Relish Food lets you explore the job market through the unique lens of your own interest. It reveals dozens of ways to pursue your passion for food and make a living–including the training and education needed to polish your hobby and interest into a satisfying career.


Careers in the Food Services Industry (Success Without College)

Information on job recruitment, hiring practices, pay scales, and jobs available starts with advice on how to apprentice in food service careers. Other topics covered include the pros and cons of cooking schools, more than 25 profiles of people who have broken into the food service industry, learning to become a professional baker, knowing how to operate a successful catering business, and much more.


Becoming a Chef

The updated edition of the book Julia Child called “a ‘must’ for aspiring chefs”-the James Beard Award-winning guide to one of today’s hottest careers
With more and more chefs achieving celebrity status, interest in the exciting world of today’s leading chefs is higher than ever. Essential reading for anyone who loves food, Becoming a Chef gives an entertaining and informative insider’s look at this dynamic profession, going behind the scenes to look into some of the most celebrated restaurant kitchens across the nation. More than 60 leading chefs-including some of the newest up-and-coming-discuss the inspiration, effort, and quirks of fate that turned would-be painters, anthropologists, and football players into culinary artists.
Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page (both of New York, NY) are the authors of the bestselling titles Culinary Artistry, Dining Out, Chef’s Night Out. Dornenburg has cooked professionally at Arcadia, Judson Grill, and March in New York City and Biba and the East Coast Grill in Boston. Page, the recipient of the 1997 Melitta Bentz Award for Women’s Achievement, is a graduate of the Harvard Business School.


The Becoming: A Chef Journal

Filled with memorable quotes and astute insights from America’s leading chefs, The Becoming a Chef Journal is a place for you to find inspiration as well as record your own food memories. The authors have designed the book so that it can be written and sketched in every day, or just once in a while.


On-Premise Catering : Hotels, Convention & Conference Centers, and Clubs

Catering and special events are a fast-growing area in today’s food and beverage industry. On-premise catering accounts for about two-thirds of all catering sales, encompassing food produced on-sit in hotels, wedding facilities, conference centers, clubs and other venues. This book–the only one of its kind–covers the concepts and information that are essential to success in on-premise catering.