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The Professional Chef Hardcover – Unabridged, September 13, 2011
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From the Back Cover
"Well-researched and documented, The Culinary Institute of America's latest offering includes the essential tools to become a successful modern chef. The Professional Chef continues to evolve and improve with age."
"The Professional Chef continues to be an incredibly valuable reference guide that we keep handy in all our restaurant kitchens."
—Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken
"This important book is a classic resource, an indispensable reference for both the professional and serious home cook."
"The newest edition of The Professional Chef is truly an amazing book of technique. Without a doubt, a true inspiration for all."
"How to cook everything from the best culinary school in America. This is The Mothership for recipes and basic culinary techniques. Anyone and everyone serious about food and cooking should have one in their kitchen."
"The CIA continues not only to set standards but to raise them industry-wide. This is a great book, a valuable reference in both the restaurant kitchen and the home kitchen."
Top Customer Reviews
The book is laid out with easy to read and understand explanations of techniques and fundamentals. If you are looking for a recipe book to lay out on the counter and start cooking this isn't the best for that--this thing is huge!!!
My main goal in purchase was to learn more about sauces and terminology and it delivered beyond expectations. The recipes are normally for 10 servings or more -- which is perfect because when I cook there is hardly ever less than 10 people that come over to eat with us. Neighbors & friends came over for three different dishes prepared from this book and absolutely loved the food & each one of them commented on how great the two different sauces were, both of which I learned to create from the book... so success in my heart, mind and especially my stomach!!!
Since this book also serves as the CIA's text book, be warned, it is 1200 pages long. It is heavy and you'll definitely get a work out carrying it around. That aside, it is a stunningly beautiful book. It is filled with pages of incredibly useful information, such as various cooking methods, different proteins and their cuts, how to identify grains and spices, how to cook what, and so much more - really, everything you need to know. There are gorgeous illustrations to go along with the charts given, which makes it very easy to follow along and keep it all straight. Additionally, the back half of the book gives you recipe after recipe on basics all the way to complicated dishes. Keep in mind, since this is a text book, the recipes are scaled for 10 servings or more. So, if you are using this to cook for large parties, it's GREAT. If you don't need to cook for more than yourself and one other person, be prepared to learn how to scale down (learning is never a bad thing).
I absolutely love this book and can't recommend it enough. Considering the amount of information and the size of the book, the price really can't be beat. Perfect for the chef-in-training or someone, like me, just looking to hone and enhance their knowledge.
My only reservation about the book is that I find the index a little cumbersome, and a book this large needs a top notch index (quick- find the black beans and chorizo recipe... no, it's not under beans, no sir; it's under black beans, thank you).
You can eventually find what you're looking for, though, and although in a particular style you may be able to find a better or more complicated recipe in a book dedicated to that style, the Italian, Indian, and Mexican recipe in this book are fairly consistent with traditional dishes. The techniques are not necessarily traditional, of course, since the book is aimed at a professional cook in a modern kitchen, so you may have a recipe for a dish using tortillas, but you won't have a discussion of the flours to use in the tortillas or cooking them on a comal.
I think my favorite attribute of the book is the organization, still. By focusing on the technique for a style of cooking first, then presenting recipes, it leaves you the choice of using the recipes or taking the technique you've learned and applying it to another creation.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this for my Professional Cooking 1 class and it was excellent condition. I love this book for the recipes and detailed information it gives on ingredients. Read morePublished 15 days ago by rgeorg10
Stunning book for the amateur chef. It has every recipe for every dish I have ever eaten at a hotel banquet. Really in depth info on all types of food preparation and techniques. Read morePublished 28 days ago by T. Alexander
Worth every penny! A must have for every chef/culinary enthusiast. Answers any question you could ever have about cooking methods, temperatures, how to purchase/cut meat, etc. Read morePublished 1 month ago by FoxGirl32