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by Patricia Ryon Quiri

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Briefly describes the job of chef, including duties, artistry, and contribution to community.


Briefly describes the job of chef, including duties, artistry, and contribution to community.

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Children's Literature
This title explores the career of chefs, including their duties, uniforms, equipment and contributions to the greater community. It also features advice for joining the profession. Each spread of two to four pages answers a question in about five lines of large type. For instance, "Who Do They Work with?" shows two male sous-chefs (bold and defined in text and in glossary) preparing pasta and decorating cakes. The pantry chef's job is also explained. Among the problems they face are long hours, working weekends and nights, and working in a hot dangerous place. "A Chef's Day" chart would also make a nice timeline against which a teacher might let a guest chef compare his or her day. About a fifth of the pictures show women as chefs and people of various ethnic backgrounds are represented. Unlike other books in the series, many of the photos seemed posed and stiff. Nonetheless, the book presents a clear picture of the many jobs involved in being a chef. Doug Florian's A Chef: How We Work, (out of print) gives more information about the life of a chef for a slightly younger audience; I Want to Be a Chef suits an older reader who wants dense information. With a glossary, index, list of interesting facts and how to find out more, this is a useful and appealing book with conversation-evoking pictures for the middle elementary reader. Part of the "Community Workers" series. 2000, Compass Point Books. Ages 7 to 10. Reviewer: Susan Hepler

Product Details

Capstone Press
Publication date:
Community Workers Series
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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