I am a self taught Pastry Chef. I have decorated cakes for 24 years & just make desserts for fun. I live in a fairly small town and a new upscale restaurant opened back in November. They couldn't find a pastry chef in this area and the GM loves my cheesecakes, so they asked if I wanted to work for them. I only make dessert there & don't work a lot of hours a week which is great because I also homeschool my kids. I have a couple of questions: What textbooks, cookbooks or other resources would be a good choice for me to improve my skills & learn new things? What books are used in culinary pastry school? My girls love to be in the kitchen also. We are just getting into high school in our homeschool and I am wanting to teach them culinary arts at home. What textbook, cookbook, or other resources would be a good well rounded program I could teach them myself at home or online for dual credit?