Here is where you'll find the most culinary books, websites, magazines, and culinary information--all reading to research your career.
See the International Association of Culinary Professionals Cookbook Awards: Culinary Classics Book Awards by International Association of Culinary Professionals
Sample of book awards:
"A Book of Mediterranean Food” Elizabeth David
"On Food & Cooking" Harold McGee
"The Classic Italian Cook Book" Marcella Hazan
"Mastering the Art of French Cooking" (2 volumes) Julia Child, Simone Beck, Louisette Bertholle
"Joy of Cooking" Irma S. Rombauer and Marion Rombauer Becker
More Awards from James Beard Foundation:
The International Who's Who of Chefs
James Beard Celebration Cookbook, the International Association of Cooking Professionals Cookbook
Zagat Restaurant Guide
More Award-winning Cook Books:
Hazen's 30-Minute Pasta Website and Cooking Tips for 30-Minute Pasta
"Japanese Cooking: A Simple Art" by Shizuo Tsuji
Currently top vegan cookbook on Amazon:
"Healthy Happy Vegan Kitchen" by Kathy Patalsky
Jacques Pepin "Complete Techniques"
Julia Child "The Way to Cook" or "Mastering the Art of French Cooking"
Ann Willan "La Varenne Pratique" Classic European technique
"The Professional Chef" textbook of the Culinary Institute of America
"On Cooking: A Textbook of Culinary Fundamentals" by Sarah R. Labensky; also "On Baking"
Harold McGee "On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen"
Karen Page "The Flavor Bible"
James Peterson "Cooking"
"Professional Cooking" by Wayne Gisslen
Sizzle ACF's Online Free Magazine
Gourmet magazine articles
The Smithsonian Magazine The Smithsonian's article of Recommended Reading for food lovers: Culinary Books List and recent list: Food Books which featured in the past "Medium Raw" by Anthony Bourdain and "Blood, Bones and Butter" by Gabrielle Hamilton - her route to becoming a famous chef.
Food programs are popular now on TV on Food Network and other channels. Chefs have become celebrities.
There are now popular movies with a chef theme.
Here is another resource for choosing on the government website for veterans--good basic school information on choosing can be applied for all. Choosing a School
There are also books about what it is like to be in culinary school:
Welcome to Culinary School Daniel Traster - publish date 2009
101 Things I Learned in Culinary School Louis Eguaras, Chef Le Cordon Bleu program - learn what it is like to go to cooking school.
The Making of a Chef by Michael Ruhlman
Under the Table Katherine Darling tells about her experience at the French Culinary.