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Professional Cooking, 8th Edition

Professional Cooking, 8th Edition

Wayne Gisslen

ISBN: ES8-1-118-63672-5


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Professional Cooking, 8th Edition reflects the changing nature of our understanding of cooking and related fields such as food safety, nutrition, and dietary practices, as well as new thinking about how best to teach this material.  Familiar material reflects the core curriculum that has stayed focused on the essentials, the comprehensive understanding of ingredients and basic cooking techniques that are the foundation of success in the kitchen. 

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Chapter 1: The Food-Service Industry

Chapter 2: Sanitation and Safety

Chapter 3: Tools and Equipment

Chapter 4: Menus, Recipes, and Cost Management

Chapter 5: Nutrition

Chapter 6: Basic Principles of Cooking and Food Science

Chapter 7: Mise en Place

Chapter 8: Stocks and Sauces

Chapter 9: Soups

Chapter 10: Understanding Vegetables

Chapter 11: Cooking Vegetables

Chapter 12: Potatoes

Chapter 13: Legumes, Grains, Pasta, and Other Starches

Chapter 14: Cooking Methods for Meat, Poultry, and Fish

Chapter 15: Understanding Meats and Game

Chapter 16: Cooking Meats and Game

Chapter 17: Understanding Poultry and Game Birds

Chapter 18: Cooking Poultry and Game Birds

Chapter 19: Understanding Fish and Shellfish

Chapter 20: Cooking Fish and Shellfish

Chapter 21: Salad Dressings and Salads

Chapter 22: Sandwiches

Chapter 23: Hors d’Oeuvres

Chapter 24: Breakfast Preparation

Chapter 25: Dairy and Beverages

Chapter 26: Cooking for Vegetarian Diets

Chapter 27: Sausages and Cured Foods

Chapter 28: Pâtés, Terrines, and  Other Cold Foods

Chapter 29: Food Presentation

Chapter 30: Bakeshop Production: Basic Principles and Ingredients

Chapter 31: Yeast Products

Chapter 32: Quick Breads

Chapter 33: Cakes and Icings

Chapter 34: Cookies

Chapter 35: Pies and Pastries

Chapter 36: Creams, Custards, Puddings, Frozen Desserts, and Sauces

Appendix 1: Metric Conversion Factors.

Appendix 2: Standard Can Sizes.

Appendix 3: Approximate Weight-Volume Equivalents of Dry Foods.

Appendix 4: Kitchen Math Exercises: Metric Versions.

Appendix 5: Eggs and Safety.


Glossary and Cooking Vocabular.

  • Each edition sees new photos added to the book, and this edition is no exception, with the addition of more than 125 new images detailing cooking procedures and reflecting modern plating styles.
  • A new chapter, Chapter 14, outlines in detail the cooking methods for meats, poultry, and fish now precedes the 6 chapters devoted to these products. The new material focuses on basic techniques and procedures common to these foods, and reinforces understanding with background information, guidelines, and standards of quality for finished dishes. Procedures are extensively illustrated with photos, and each procedure is followed by a core recipe that embodies the technique.
  • In addition to the new chapter, further reorganization of chapters—a new flow for the introductory chapters and the repositioning of the chapters on vegetable cookery ahead of meats and fish—gives the text a smoother, more logical flow.
  • The chapter on food presentation and plating, Chapter 29, has been rewritten and newly illustrated with up-to-date photos, giving the reader tools for designing modern platings appropriate for all types of food-service operations.
  • Reduced yields for large-quantity recipes, in response to instructors’ requests.
  • 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.
  • Format: This book 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.
  • Illustrations: Hundreds of clear, concise, full-color photographs, including 125 new to this edition, illustrate basic manual techniques shown from the point of view of the person performing them.
  • 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.


WileyPLUS is a research-based online environment for effective teaching and learning. WileyPLUS is packed with interactive study tools and resources–including the complete online textbook–to give your students more value for their money. With WileyPLUS, students will succeed in cooking.

New! Math Tutor white-board type exercises and review are available as an additional study aid in WileyPLUS. These video-like segments are brief examples of common math problems found in the kitchen. These videos are intended to demonstrate and reinforce math concepts--cited by instructors as the #1 issue students struggle with in this course