A well-connected, highly regarded culinary career guru who is currently an instructor at the CIA's New Hyde Park campus, Chalmers presents a very useful guide to a dizzying array of food occupations, ranging from chef, butcher, and nutritionist to bee keeper, kitchen designer, and wild game farmer. Her knowing and pithy descriptions of duties and requisite qualifications are often supplemented by enlightening accounts of their career paths written by people prominent in their field: Betty Fussell on becoming a food historian, Jonathan King on the founding of Stonewall Kitchens, Sidney Mintz on specializing as a food anthropologist. Great perspectives here. -- Kitchen Arts & Letters Newsletter
So you're thinking of a spot in the food world but don't know where to start? Irena Chalmers's new book, Food Jobs
(Beaufort Books, 2008), may help you focus your energy. Chalmers, a culinary businesswoman and author, offers sketches of 150 different food-related jobs, divided among nine categories --everything from busboy to flavor maker to seed scientist to fortune-cookie writer. The book and the website and blog that go with it (foodjobsbook.com) are engaging reads. --Boston Globe Sunday Magazine, March 29, 2009
As a food writer, lots of things come across my desk... Occasionally, I'm impressed enough to share with you. Like today, when I received some info about a new book by Irena Chalmers. Whether you're looking for a job in a restaurant, the media, culinary education or even farming, this book has details that you need to know about. Like how to go about landing that job, and what exactly that job is all about.