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The Modern Cafe

ISBN: 978-0-470-37134-3
560 pages
December 2009, ©2010
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This gorgeous, incredibly rich professional volume is full of expert guidance and master recipes for the launch and management of the Modern Cafe. With more than 150 full color photos and more than 250 recipes, this magnificent title will instruct and inspire, from hiring staff to getting the right equipment, from breakfast croissants to artisanal lunch sandwiches to truffles to go, from decor to sanitation, this book addresses every aspect of managing the casual, upscale modern cafe. The table of contents is as follows: Chapter 1: The Bakery; Chapter 2: The Pastry Shop; Chapter 3: The Savory Kitchen; Chapter 4: Beverages; Chapter 5: The Retail Shelf; Glossary; Bibliography; Resource List; Index.   
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Table of Contents



Chapter 1: The Bakery.

Chapter 2: The Pastry Shop.

Chapter 3: The Savory Kitchen.

Chapter 4: Beverages.

Chapter 5: The Retail Shelf.



Resource List.


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Author Information

Francisco J. Migoya is an assistant professor at The Culinary Institute of America, teaching the Café Operations class for the Baking and Pastry Arts program. He is also in charge of the Apple Pie Bakery Café, the CIA's busiest public restaurant operation. Before joining the CIA, he was executive pastry chef at Thomas Keller's The French Laundry, Bouchon Bakery, and Bouchon Bistro. Learn more about The Modern Café at www.thequenelle.com.

The Culinary Institute of America, founded in 1946, is the world's premier culinary college. Courses are offered at the college's main campus in Hyde Park, New York, and at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, in St. Helena, California.

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Press Release

January 15, 2010
The Modern Café

"The Modern Café is an impressive volume in both breadth and depth that elevates standard café fare to something worthy of the term cuisine. Francisco Migoya generously shares his years of experience and research, offering a fresh, contemporary approach to casual dining. His technical skill and eye for detail are inspiring, resulting in respectful yet inventive interpretations of the classics. Migoya has given all of us professional cooks, pastry and savory alike, another invaluable resource. "

—Michael Laiskonis, Executive Pastry Chef, Le Bernardin

  "What a high level of professionalism in a book full of originality and creativity! Francisco Migoya has created a new work with technology, sensitivity, and passion—an invaluable contribution to the world of gastronomy. Enjoy it!"

—Oriol Balaguer, Pastry Chef and Owner, Oriol Balaguer Boutiques

 "Francisco Migoya's The Modern Cafe is a beautiful book that will be used as a practical guide and inspiration for professionals and home cooks alike."

—Grant Achatz, Chef and Owner, Alinea

  "This book is just amazing—there is so much information, detail, and inspiration. You can really see Francisco's passion for pastry. This is an outstanding follow up to his first book, Frozen Desserts."

—Patrick Coston, Pastry Chef and Chocolatier


 The Modern Café (Wiley Hardcover; $60.00; January 11, 2010) is the first comprehensive, must-have reference for the aspiring restaurateur or café owner who wants to make sure he gets every detail right.

 This exquisitely illustrated volume is packed with professional guidance and master recipes for breakfast pastries, artisanal sandwiches, truffles and treats, and much more. Additionally, an entire chapter is devoted to the retail shelf, a key contributor to any café's financial health.

  • Includes nearly 250 recipes plus 150 sub-recipes, more than 100 photographs, and approximately 75 illustrations
  • Breaks the café down into its five key components -- the bakery, the pastry shop, the savory kitchen, beverages, and the retail shelf -- with expert advice and contemporary recipes for each area

 With information on all aspects of the café business-finances, human resources, food production, recipe/menu development, and even décor-The Modern Café offers both inspiration and instruction for anyone who wants to operate a successful café.

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