I Want to Be a Chef

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I Want to Be a Chef leads budding cooks on an exciting tour of the many career opportunities in the culinary arts. Engaging photographs by some of the country’s leading photojournalists and a fascinating text written by Washington Post columnist Catherine O’Neill Grace document students at cooking schools throughout the United States, chefs at work in famous restaurants, well-known cooks from the past and present, and delicious dishes from around the world. This book includes a listing of useful resources and ...

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Overview

I Want to Be a Chef leads budding cooks on an exciting tour of the many career opportunities in the culinary arts. Engaging photographs by some of the country’s leading photojournalists and a fascinating text written by Washington Post columnist Catherine O’Neill Grace document students at cooking schools throughout the United States, chefs at work in famous restaurants, well-known cooks from the past and present, and delicious dishes from around the world. This book includes a listing of useful resources and will help young cooks get their culinary careers off to a tantalizing start.

Describes some of the careers in the culinary arts, including master chef, executive chef, pastry chef, prep chef, and more, and discusses the training, vocabulary, competitions, and possibilities in this field.

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Children's Literature - Susan Hepler
Assuming you'd like to have a job in the culinary field, what would you have to know? What jobs would be available? This book covers a range of questions, including the history of professional cooking (for instance, it wasn't until Fanny Farmer published her famous cookbook that recipes featured accurate measurements). Illustrated with excellent photographs, the book shows diverse cultures within the restaurant and catering business, ethnic fare as well as the more traditional, and some of the inner workings of large food-preparation institutions as well as school cooking programs. Textbook-like headings, excellent photographs, a gallery of famous chefs both male and female, a recipe and other resources make this valuable to anyone interested in becoming a chef. No index but a double-page spread illustrates cooking vocabulary. "I Want to Be..." series.
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Gr 4-6-This photo-essay explores careers in the culinary arts. Using large, full-color photos and an accessible text, Maze takes readers into the kitchens of real restaurants to see the many people who contribute to the preparation of a fine meal. The author describes the work of the prep cook, pastry assistant, and dishwasher, as well as that of the head chef. All sorts of education and training programs are mentioned, from teaching nutrition in elementary schools to after-school programs for children to earning a bachelor's degree at the Culinary Institute of America. A history of the culinary arts includes etchings and paintings from around the world, and there is a section of international dishes with photographs and descriptions. Some famous chefs are profiled, and the endeavors of some food entrepreneurs are related. Nothing is treated in depth, but by the end of the book, readers will have tasted a smorgasbord of information bits. The last two pages list culinary organizations, professional cooking schools, and other resources for those who wish to learn more.-Carolyn Jenks, First Parish Unitarian Church, Portland, ME
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152018641
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 3/15/1999
  • Series: I Want To Be
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 7 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.97 (w) x 10.75 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephanie Maze is an award-winning photographer whose work has appeared in many magazines, including National Geographic, Newsweek, and Time. She is principal of Maze Productions, Inc., and lives in Washington, D.C.

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