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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Beaufort Books; 1 edition (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0825305926
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825305924
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 6.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #581,720 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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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.

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Irena Chalmers is recognized as the pioneer of the single subject cookbook. Her many engaging books have sold over 18 million copies and have won numerous awards; the most recent, the 2013 Gourmand Special Jury Award for Great Food Jobs 2: Ideas and Inspiration for Your Job Search. Her first volume, FOOD JOBS: 150 Great Jobs for Culinary Students, Career Changers and Food Lovers, received the Gourmand World Cookbook Award - Best Book for Food Professionals in the U.S. and Best Book for Food Professionals in the World.

A James Beard Foundation "Who's Who" of Food and Beverage in America award recipient, Irena has delighted and captivated audiences and readers with her wit and commentary on the food world and its many trends. She is a past president and founding member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals and Les Dames d'Escoffier. Irena is a member of the faculty of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, a national food essayist and columnist for Chef magazine, and a culinary mentor to many.

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I was inspired by the author's knowledge and writing style.
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This book is a must-read for anyone contemplating a career in the Culinary Arts or for those in the industry looking for a change.
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"Networking is the most important thing because that is where you will find your next job."
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Gerard Fischetti on September 3, 2008
Format: Paperback
Having worked in the hospitality industry for almost 30 years, this book can help anyone considering employment in foodservice. Instead of the traditional thinking of "what job fits my qualifications?", this book demonstrates how to make your place in the world by making a job or finding a job to fit your qualifications; to fit your personality and to fit your passion. For many people, this is a major paradigm shift.

Irena has filled the pages with examples, testimonials and research demonstrating how to make your passion into a rewarding career. So, exactly how many people are out there that hate their jobs? Apparently they never read this book.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Peter on March 23, 2010
Format: Paperback
I consider myself to be relatively knowledgeable about the food industry...I bought this book thinking it had some secrets and would expose me to food-related jobs that I hadn't realized...while there are a few interesting areas of this book, for me at least, nearly every job examined in this book were either already known to myself or were simply so niche that they were just included to take up space. Some of these jobs include "Ice Cream Namer", "Olive Oil Taster", and "Truffle Salter". While I have no doubt that there are people who perform these jobs, they are in such small demand that I think it is a bit misleading to suggest that people are actually looking to have these positions filled.

With that issue out of the way, I think this book could be useful for certain people who are really in the dark about available food-related jobs. With that said, after reading this book, you will have a tough time getting any of these jobs with the exception of working in a restaurant, retail setting, or starting your own business. The majority of these jobs are 90% dependent on the connections you have with people in the business. Additionally, many of these jobs are based on people being "experts" in a particular area, something that is very tough to convince others of.

The other issue I have with this book is that it is really more of a tool to get your thoughts going rather than a useful handbook or guide that goes into depth on how to make it in a particular area of the food industry. Much of the book is based on starting a small business of some type...this is great and all, but for the most part, one would be much better off working in a similar, already established business while studying the essentials of running one.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By V. Arcoraci on September 9, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is THE book I have been waiting for! From front of the house to back -- and down alleys you never even thought to explore, Irena Chalmers has created a comprehensive guide for any person interested in pursuing a career in the food industry. Food Jobs covers all the conventional occupations you can think of. PLUS, it goes on to include the unconventional and eccentric jobs for culinary and food study graduates like me that are looking to find their dream job and know it isn't located in a professional kitchen or behind an office desk. Irena has drawn on her years of experience and has done her research, interviewing experts from all arenas: chefs, food stylists, artists, publicists, retailers, farmers, writers, anthropologists, educators...you name it. This book is a must read!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Food Lover on September 1, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book is very good for not only the food field but also for other "creative" jobs. I'm a flower designer but I started reading this book and picked up many great hints to extend my work and my career.

I was inspired by the author's knowledge and writing style. I also appreciated learning about not only so many jobs which are involved with food, but also new ways of thinking about the job search process.

Before you get a new job, or change your career direction, if you read this book you'll be sure to pick up lots of new ideas. This is a very interesting book on many levels.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By culinaryteacher on May 11, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I'm building a library of food books for my students (I teach a culinary arts program) and I included a copy of this, partially because it will open some eyes to the possibilities they face after graduation that exist outside of restaurants and partially because there are no other books out there that addresses this issue.

What I like is the wealth of opportunities discussed, this is so very valuable to students who think the only option is restaurants or the Food Network. The problem is, the vast majority of jobs my students will qualify for out of school are in a restaurant, usually as prep cook or pantry. So while it is great for them to know there are other jobs out there this book isn't immediately practical for them. I doubt many of them will end up being a futurist or a garbage anthropologist or a vinegar taster or cowboy or egg peeler which are all jobs listed in this book. But there is nothing else out there that I could find that talks about food jobs and it is good for them to know there are options outside the catering and restaurant jobs we talk about, so I grabbed a copy. Who knows, maybe one of my students will decide to be a food radio host.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jane Bonacci, The Heritage Cook on March 26, 2010
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Have you ever dreamed of working in the food industry but weren't sure what kind of job you would like? Do you love food but without a culinary degree you thought you could never follow your passion? With captivating humor and insight, Irena Chalmers has written a guide to help career changers, culinary students, and food lovers explore the many facets of the culinary world.

It takes great skill to describe positions so that people think, "Hey, I could do that." Irena recently wrote, "If you can do crossword puzzles and read a map, you have the kind of brain that would enable you to be a cookbook indexer or a fact checker." I immediately sat up and thought I may have the skills to break into the business after all!

I look at Irena's delightful listing of unusual food jobs as proof that there is truly something for everyone. No matter how esoteric your passions, there is someone out there that needs your expertise. From those who want to cook on the line, to product demonstrators, anthropologists, and cookbook doctors, there is something for everyone.

Start reading this book and your synapses will immediately begin firing. One option after the other, comments from some of the best minds in the business, references to books you should read, organizations you can join, and blogs to follow - the opportunities are endless and the only limitation is your own imagination. Buy "Food Jobs" and start on your path to becoming a happier and healthier person.

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