Culinary Books

Here is where you'll find the most culinary books, websites, magazines, and culinary information--all reading to research your career.

About books

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

IACP cookbook awards

More Awards from James Beard Foundation:

James Beard Foundation Book Awards

More books:

The International Who's Who of Chefs
James Beard Celebration Cookbook, the International Association of Cooking Professionals Cookbook
Zagat Restaurant Guide
Michelin 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

Vegan Cookbook:

Currently top vegan cookbook on Amazon:

"Healthy Happy Vegan Kitchen" by Kathy Patalsky

Culinary Textbooks for professionals or home cooks on culinary technique:

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

Top Baking Books:

  • Professional Baking 4th Edition by Wayne Gisslen
  • Baking Technology, Bread Baking AIB – Volume 1
  • The Bread Bakers Apprentice by Peter Reinhart
  • Modern French Pastries by Yves Thuries
  • Chocolate Obsession by Michael Recchiuti

See more from School of Baking

Culinary Magazines

  • Veg News
  • Italian Cooking and Living Magazine
  • Food and Wine
  • Gourmet
  • Bon Appetit

About online magazines and information:

List of books recommended for a culinary career and free online articles.

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.

Culinary on TV

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.

Culinary School Information:

Certified Professionals:

CCP Certified culinary professional

ACF Recommended Books

American Personal and Private Chef Association

Occupational Information Network: Tool for Career Exploration

Bureau of Labor Statistics and How to Pay for College article

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

What is it like to be in culinary 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.

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