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Garde Manger: The Art and Craft of the Cold Kitchen (Culinary Institute of America) Hardcover – January 3, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0470055908 ISBN-10: 0470055901 Edition: 3rd

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 688 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 3 edition (January 3, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470055901
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470055908
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.9 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #486,194 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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. A network of more than 37,000 alumni in foodservice and hospitality has helped the CIA earn its reputation as the world's premier culinary college. Courses for foodservice professionals are offered at the college's main campus in Hyde Park, NY and at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, in St. Helena, CA. Greystone also offers baking and pastry, advanced culinary arts, and wine certifications.

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The book came as it was promised.
Maricarmen Rodriguez
I would recommend this book to anyone that is wanting to learn the art of Garde Manger.
Big Texas
It presents technics and recipes, very well explained and fully illustrated.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By jerry i h on March 17, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is a pretty remarkable collection of recipes. If you are foodservice pro, this book ought to be on your shelf. For the homecook, it can be useful, but with a couple of reservations.
This book has more GM recipes in one place in one book than the rest of my professional cookbooks combined. If you need a recipe, you will probably find it here. It has stuff like: galantines, chaud-froid, homemade cheese, curing your own meat, and a very useful section on aspic and gelatin, and another one on buffet presentations (especially handy if you have never worked one before).
The format is also quite nice. In the TOC, it lists every recipe, so no flipping through pages or trying to decode the index to find a recipe (would that more cookbooks do this). The beginning of each chapter has a really useful section on various techniques. Sadly, these are closer to a master class rather than a beginner's lesson.
For the home cook, much here is useful. Certainly you should be able to use stuff like vinaigrettes, salads, sandwiches, and maybe even fresh grind sausages. However, there is much here you should avoid, and you need to be able to distinguish which is which. Also, the recipes are terse, professional ones, and there is no explanatory material about tips or suggestions or anything else.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Michael Dj on August 26, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is a book about cooking, preservation, and presentation. I find the recipes are easy to follow and are very satisfied with the results. I especially enjoy the recipes for the Carolina pull pork, homemade BBQ sauces, and sausages. Another recipes winner is the smoke / preserved salmon, they turned out great.

This book is not really for a beginner, but if you already know your way around the kitchen this will be a great addition to your collection.

Note: this is probably the most time consuming part of a professional kitchen but the rewards is worth the wait.
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Stevie Murdoc on December 27, 2009
Format: Hardcover
DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK!! If you are interested in Garde Manger history and want to experiment making any cold kitchen products, especially pates and sausages, this is not the edition for you. At school when I took the Garde Manger class my Chef did not use the recipes from this edition. Many of the contributiting chefs did NOT test the recipes and many of them do NOT work. The history is accurate but is simliar to the 1st and 2nd edition. I, and many of the old school students and chefs will all recommend the BLUE Garde Manger CIA text, which I believe is the 1st edition. I bought this and used it for my class instead. Much better.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P. Bania on December 29, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I am home cook who really loves appetizers. So this book was really exactly what I was looking for! Very detailed guidelines starting from the basics and all over to decorating and finishing. High quality photos, including step-by -step ones, as well as a great variety of recipes. There are dedicated chapters for each type of cold food, such as salads, sandwiches, terrines/pates/galantines, cheese, cold soups, condiments etc. There is also a really inclusive chapter fro charcuterie, as well as a section for the basics (stocks, sauces etc).

As it includes a great number of techniques and cooking tips, i consider this a very good guide for any type of cooking. Moreover, judging from the recipes i 've tried till now i do not see any difficult to ingredients, which is really surprising if you consider that it's actually a professional oriented cookbook.

I strongly recommend this to anyone who wants to know what to prepare for a gourmet party and surprise his friends but at the same time deepen his knowledge in cooking !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Scott Anderson VINE VOICE on December 21, 2009
Format: Hardcover
A typical line cook just starting out is often thrown to the wolves in making sandwiches. I myself remember the day when I first stepped up to the line and made my first turkey club sandwich. I was so proud that I put it together correctly without burning me or the bread. Just one little mistake, I added bacon to the sandwich and forgot that the server keyed in that the lady ordering the sandwich requested no bacon, but extra tomato and lettuce. Needless to say, I learned to move pretty fast when the manager threw the plate back through the service window; smashing against the grill wall. That was my baptism under fire as I went forth to learn the garde manger line one mistake or misstep at a time.

Had this book been out in the mid 80's when I was a fresh up and coming cook I may have avoided those early pitfalls and enjoyed a better sense the latest trends, techniques, and flavors. Instead I had to fumble my way through the line prep and cold stations hoping to stay same and keep some semblance of order on my ticket board without ticking off the chef and floor manager at the same time. The old school method of instruction was to scream and yell, followed by some of the choicest language I've ever heard and many times followed up with frequent sprays of saliva if I happened to be close to the manager on duty when the problem arose.

Had I had this definitive guide at my disposal I most certainly would have had the working knowledge to better understand my roll in the kitchen with a take home reference so I would not have had to learn under fire. This book goes into micro greens, cheeses, tapas menus, chef manned buffet stations, and my personal favorite - ice carvings.
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