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Culinary Arts

Get a taste of the field of culinary arts, which is the art of preparing and cooking foods. The culinary arts generally refers to food prepared in a professional setting, such as a restaurant, deli, hospital, nursing home, or other business involving food or food service, as opposed to food prepared at home.

Those who work in the culinary arts, including professional chefs and cooks, are expected to have a knowledge of the science of food and an understanding of diet and nutrition and ingredients. They’re expected to prepare food that tastes good but also is pleasing to look at on the dish. They also must master a variety of skills or techniques, such as knife work, menu and meal planning, inventory control, and kitchen management. In addition, they must understand how to keep their work area sanitized to avoid food contamination.

Those interested in the culinary arts sometimes begin their careers through work experience in a kitchen, working their way into better positions as they gain the necessary skills. Aspiring chefs may attend cooking school and can also get a degree in the culinary arts.

The ascendance of television shows like those available on the Food Network, as well as network shows like Master Chef, have highlighted the culinary arts while propelling chefs like Gordon Ramsay, and Rachael Rayto celebrity status.

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Culinary Arts Resources

Gale provides scholarly resources to dive into culinary arts, including databases and eBooks.


Gale databases offer researchers access to credible, up-to-date content from culinary resources.

Gale eBooks

Gale offers a variety of eBooks covering a wide range of topics, including cooking skills, classic recipes, and more. Users can add Gale eBooks to a customized collection and cross-search to pinpoint the article most relevant to the topic. Workflow tools help users easily share, save, and download content.

  • Careers for Creative People: Careers in the Culinary Arts, 1st Edition

    Careers for Creative People: Careers in the Culinary Arts, 1st Edition

    ReferencePoint Press | 2020 | ISBN-13: 9781682826782

    People who are creative and also love food may not realize the large variety of careers that combine both. From chefs and pastry chefs to food stylists, craft brewers, and flavorists, the field of culinary arts offers many exciting choices. What the jobs entail, what they pay, and future prospects are discussed, along with insight from industry experts.

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  • Cooking Skills: Classic Recipes, 1st Edition

    Cooking Skills: Classic Recipes, 1st Edition

    Enslow Publishing | 2019 | ISBN-13: 9781978506305

    Food is a central part of culture and lifestyle. Readers will learn how to make some traditional favorites, like popular breakfast omelets and the hamburgers many of us eat on the 4th of July. Important information on safe cooking and healthy eating accompanies the 12 recipes that fill these pages, along with background about the meals featured, cooking tips from chefs, and ideas for how to mix up a classic recipe. Let’s get cooking!

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  • Cooking Skills: Healthy Snacks, 1st Edition

    Cooking Skills: Healthy Snacks, 1st Edition

    Enslow Publishing | 2019 | ISBN-13: 9781978506329

    When we think about food, we usually think of three meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner. What about those yummy after-school snacks? Readers will learn about the importance of snacks: They aren’t just tasty treats to look forward to but also help keep us full and satisfied so our blood sugar levels remain steady and our metabolism keeps working. From green pancakes to carrot muffins, this book provides students with new and delicious snack ideas and recipes.

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  • Cooking Up Library Programs Teens and 'Tweens Will Love: Recipes for Success, 1st Edition

    Cooking Up Library Programs Teens and 'Tweens Will Love: Recipes for Success, 1st Edition

    Libraries Unlimited | 2015 | ISBN-13: 9781610699624

    This book offers ideas to librarians for getting teens and tweens involved in library programs. The book includes complete plans for more than a dozen educational and entertaining programs, ranging from do-it-yourself modern crafts to crime scene investigation science. For each activity, the author identifies aspects that link to science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics (STEAM) learning objectives. The educational ties help students learn about new topics while fostering the development of important life skills.

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