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The Professional Chef, 9th Edition

ISBN: 978-0-470-42135-2
1232 pages
September 2011, ©2011
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The Professional Chef is among the best-selling titles in Wiley's cooking program and represents the cornerstone book in our publishing partnership with the CIA. We have completely reorganized this book to reflect the way that people cook in the kitchen today, with the best of foods and flavors from around the world.  The book reviews ingredients, equipment, and skills of the professional chef. It then explores the techniques for the full range of food items: vegetables, potatoes, grains, legumes, pasta, meats, fish and seafood, poultry, eggs, fruits, soups, sauces, quickbreads and cakes, yeast breads, and more. The new edition features information on global cuisines, an all-new chapter on Plated Desserts, and information on topics of growing importance such as sous vide cooking, seasonality, and sustainability. The new edition features a new user-friendly design and structure, guiding readers through the basic principles behind each technique at a glance, and then providing more in-depth information along with step-by-step photography. Complete with hundreds of recipes and four-color photographs throughout, this is the essential reference for any aspiring chef, culinary student, or cooking enthusiast. For the first time ever, The Professional Chef is also available as a revolutionary interactive iPad edition (978-1-118-12012-5). 

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Master Recipe List viii

Acknowledgments xvi

Introduction xviii

PART ONE The Culinary Professional

Chapter 1 INTRODUCTION TO THE PROFESSION 3

Chapter 2 MENUS AND RECIPES 13

Chapter 3 THE BASICS OF NUTRITION AND FOOD SCIENCE 23

Chapter 4 FOOD AND KITCHEN SAFETY 31

PART TWO Tools and Ingredients in the Professional Kitchen

Chapter 5 EQUIPMENT IDENTIFICATION 43

Chapter 6 MEAT, POULTRY, AND GAME IDENTIFICATION 69

Chapter 7 FISH AND SHELLFISH IDENTIFICATION 99

Chapter 8 FRUIT, VEGETABLE, AND FRESH HERB IDENTIFICATION 127

Chapter 9 DAIRY AND EGG PURCHASING AND IDENTIFICATION 181

Chapter 10 DRY GOODS IDENTIFICATION 199

PART THREE Stocks, Sauces, and Soups

Chapter 11 MISE EN PLACE FOR STOCKS, SAUCES, AND SOUPS 239

Chapter 12 STOCKS 253

Chapter 13 SAUCES 267

Chapter 14 SOUPS 301

PART FOUR Meats, Poultry, Fish, and Shellfish

Chapter 15 MISE EN PLACE FOR MEATS, POULTRY, FISH, AND SHELLFISH 361

Chapter 16 FABRICATING MEATS, POULTRY, AND FISH 375

Chapter 17 GRILLING, BROILING, AND ROASTING 423

Chapter 18 SAUTÉING, PAN FRYING, AND DEEP FRYING 487

Chapter 19 STEAMING AND SUBMERSION COOKING 531

Chapter 20 BRAISING AND STEWING 571

PART FIVE Vegetables, Potatoes, Grains and Legumes, and Pasta and Dumplings

Cchapter 21 MISE EN PLACE FOR VEGETABLES AND FRESH HERBS 617

Cchapter 22 COOKING VEGETABLES 647

Cchapter 23 COOKING POTATOES 713

Cchapter 24 COOKING GRAINS AND LEGUMES 751

Cchapter 25 COOKING PASTA AND DUMPLINGS 807

PART SIX Breakfast and Ggarde Mmanger

Chapter 26 COOKING EGGS 847

Chapter 27 SALAD DRESSINGS AND SALADS 879

Chapter 28 SANDWICHES 931

Chapter 29 HORS D'OEUVRE AND APPETIZERS 945

Chapter 30 CHARCUTERIE AND GARDE MANGER 985

PART SEVEN Baking and Pastry

Chapter 31 BAKING MISE EN PLACE 1015

Chapter 32 YEAST BREADS 1025

Chapter 33 PASTRY DOUGHS AND BATTERS 1047

Chapter 34 CUSTARDS, CREAMS, AND MOUSSES 1091

Chapter 35 FILLINGS, FROSTINGS, AND DESSERT SAUCES 1107

Chapter 36 PLATED DESSERTS 1131

Appendix 1161

Glossary 1167

Readings and Resources 1185

Recipe Index 1191

Subject Index 1202

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For those of you who aspire to wearing the whites, then The Professional Chef by The Culinary Institute of America is for you.
This is the book the pros turn to when they need to know how to prevent a lumpy roux, how to fix a broken mayonnaise or how to exact the measurements of Paysanne-cut vegetables.  This is epic chef material.  I find it a fascinating read even if I don't have the backbone to stick a knife into a lobster.  

Being the 9th edition, it's a strong indication the book has been around awhile and will continue to evolve with subsequent editions.  Food is evolutionary by nature, and the book has done a great job of identifying and explaining current trends like sous vide or cooking en papillote.

At 1,212 pages, this massive book of recipes and techniques will add ballast to any bookshelf in need of stabilization.  I foresee many a night this winter when I shall be enjoying a nice glass of wine while dipping in and out of chapters on shallow poaching, bisques, or legumes.

Whatever type of chef you are - home or professional - ......... designed to develop your chef skills.  Once you are able to master your cheffing techniques, hopefully the only tears you cry will be tears of joy.

Culinaria Libris, 3rd October 2011

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