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Essentials of Professional Cooking, 2nd Edition

Wayne Gisslen

ISBN: 978-1-118-99870-0 May 2015 592 Pages


Essentials of Professional Cooking, Second Edition, focuses on fundamental cooking procedures and techniques, functions of ingredients, and desired results to empower the reader with the keen understanding necessary to prepare virtually any dish to perfection—without relying solely on a recipe. Specially constructed to meet the on-the-job demands of food-service managers, the streamlined approach of Essentials of Professional Cooking, Second Edition, extends the benefits of this material to students and professionals in hospitality management and food-service management.

Related Resources

1: The Food Service Industry

2: Sanitation and Safety

3: Tools and Equipment

4 Menus, Recipes, and Cost Management

5: Nutrition

6: Basic Principles of Cooking and Food Science

7: Mise en Place

8: Stocks and Sauces

9: Soups

10: Understanding Vegetables

11: Cooking Vegetables

12: Potatoes

13: Legumes, Grains, Pasta, and Other Starches

14: Cooking Methods for Meat, Poultry, and Fish

15: Understanding Meats and Game

16: Cooking Meats and Game

17: Understanding Poultry and Game Birds

18: Cooking Poultry and Game Birds

19: Understanding Fish and Shellfish

20: Cooking Fish and Shellfish

21: Salad Dressings and Salads

22: Sandwiches and Hors d'Oeuvres

23: Dairy and Eggs

24: Food Presentation

25: Bakeshop Production: Basic Principles and Ingredients

28: Quick Breads, Cakes, and Cookies


Subject Index

Recipe Index

  • A new chapter combines common cooking methods for meats, poultry, and fish to sharpen the focus on basic techniques and procedures.  It also provides background, guidelines, and standards of quality for finished dishes. 
  • Reorganization of the chapters on vegetable cookery ahead of meats and fish – giving the text a smoother, more logical flow.
  • A new chapter on food presentation and plating is rewritten and newly illustrated for designing modern platings for the range of food-service operations.
  • Nutritional information is updated with MyPlate guidelines.
  • Pronunciation Guides and Glossaries: Phonetic guides are included for difficult words, giving the approximate pronunciation using English sounds. Because food-service workers must be able to communicate with each other, definitions of terms introduced in the text are summarized in the glossary at the end of the book.
  • Illustrations: Hundreds of clear, concise, full-color photographs illustrate basic manual techniques shown from the point of view of the person performing them. Additional photographs illustrate ingredients and finished dishes.
  • Format: Essentials is designed to be readable and useful. The format emphasizes and highlights key points in bold type, italics, and numbered sequences, so basic information can be located and reviewed at a glance.
  • Realistic Procedures: Although supported by discussions of cooking theory, procedures given here are based on actual practices in the industry. Attention is given not just to quantity production but also to the special problems of cooking to order. Presentation and service of the finished product are considered in detail, as is pre-preparation, or mise en place—so essential to the organization of a working restaurant. At the same time, the major emphasis is on quality, too often neglected in the quest for convenience.