BOOKS TO READ BEFORE ENTERING SCHOOL

Discussion in 'General Culinary School Discussions' started by deebo, May 29, 2011.

  1. deebo

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    I AM ABOUT TO ENTER CULINARY ARTS PROGRAM AND WONDERING WHICH GOOD BOOKS WOULD HELP ME GAIN SOME BASIC KNOWLEDGE ON WHAT I MAY BE LEARNING IN SCHOOL, ANY INPUT WOULD BE APPRECIATED.
     
  2. rgm2

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  3. southpoleman69

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    Personally, I would say make sure you have a food lovers companion. I have a few months before I graduate school, and just bought one last week. I wish I would've gotten it my first week of school.
     
  4. veronporter

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    Read Daniel Boulud's "Letter's to a young chef". It definitely has some useful knowledge for someone entering the industry. It's also a quick, entertaining read for anyone interested in cooking.

    In addition to that, I personally love my 'Larousse "Gastronomique". It's a great reference book and I'm always learning from it.
     
  5. jedimind

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    in addition to anthony bourdain's kitchen confidential. my chef gave it to me when i told him i was thinking of dropping out, and it kept me hangin in there.
     
  6. reenbase

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    This is the list I read before starting school last year:

    On Food and Cooking

    Ratio

    The Making of a Chef

    CIA-Pro chef

    Pastry Techniques

    Julia Child's Vol I&II

    What I found at least as important as reading was knife skills. Get a good knife and start cutting now and do it every day. Confidence with your knife will lead to confidence elsewhere is the kitchen.
     
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    the flavor bible

    cia professional chef

    the french laundry

    PS - you might also considering disabling your capslock key =D
     
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  8. chefedb

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    The Bible ------   Guide Culinaire  by A Escoffier for Continental   Cuisine  and   Fanny Farmer cookbook for American Basics
     
  9. la bleu joe

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    What is the major premise of letters to a young chef
     
  10. justvalarie

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    I am on my second term at Le Cordon Bleu for Baking & Patisserie and I have personally been reading everything I can get my hands on. 
    I loved Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain. Amazing book. Everything about Kitchen Confidential was aawesome. I also read The Idiot's Guide to Success as a Chef (say what you will about the title lol) by Leslie Bilderback. I loved how she just kind of put certain things out there for you and was like, yeah, if you can't handle this, then maybe the chef field isn't for you. I am currently reading Julie & Julia (which really has no bearing on being a professional chef, but it was the next in my HUGE stack of books to read. LOL).

    A few others I have in a stack to read are...

    The Nasty Bits  by Anthony Bourdain 

    Under the Table  by Katherine Darling

    Kitchen Confidential  by Anthony Bourdain

    Julie & Julia  by Julie Powell

    My Life in France  by Julia Child

    The Pastry Chef's Companion  by Glenn and Laura Rinsky

    The Making of a Chef  by Michael Ruhlman

    Becoming a Chef  by Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page

    The Devil in the Kitchen: Sex, Pain, Madness, and the Making of a Great Chef  by Marco Pierre White

    My Life from Scratch by Gesine Bullock-Prado

    Career Diary of a Pastry Chef by Yuko Kitazawa

    Spiced by Dalia Jurgensen

    Like I said, I want to read everything ahah. I bought a lot of these from Half Price Books on clearance. /shrug. Anyways, hope that helps.
     
  11. rekonball

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    The Making Of A Cook by Madeleine Kamman French Chemist and chef

    On Food And Cooking by Harold McGee

    Anything by M.F.K. Fisher "How to Cook A Wolf" is all I can think of (this is non fiction)
     
  12. fermi fang

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    i know this post is like almost a year ago and OP is already in school .. but i think this thread could be useful for any "future peeps who might ask the same question.." so here is 2 books ... three but i cant remember the name of the other..