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Book Review: Culinary Careers: How to Get Your Dream Job in Food

Find advice on culinary careers from experienced professionals in Rick Smilow's book.

Culinary Career Advice

With the growing popularity of the fine cuisine movement across the U.S. and the wide range of culinary career opportunities, now's a great time to read Rick Smilow's classic book, Culinary Careers: How to Get Your Dream Job in Food.

Culinary Careers is indispensible reading for everyone from passionate foodies to aspiring chefs. With advice on finding the right culinary arts school, landing your first culinary job, improving your résumé and interview skills—even ideas for starting a restaurant of your own—Smilow explains what's most important to future food professionals. And he should know, since, in addition to being an author, he's the president and CEO of The Institute of Culinary Education (ICE).

Learn from Time-Tested Recipes for Success

The insightful interviews in Culinary Careers—with everyone from food bloggers to executive chefs—help you understand culinary jobs from the inside out.

Read Lidia Bastianich's advice for people considering a culinary career. Or learn from Daniel Boulud as he describes the creative process of a great chef. Culinary Careers presents these interviews and more, as well as in-depth discussions on the most important aspects of the following:

Interviewees discuss salaries in their field, describe a typical day and their specific responsibilities. They also dish about what they like most (and least) about their jobs. If you're considering a culinary career, you'll find a lot of useful advice to help you make key career decisions.

Compare your culinary ideas to those of top chefs, then see if you have the determination, work ethic and personality to achieve your culinary career goals.

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