Thursday, May 20, 2010

101 Things I Learned In Culinary School (Review)

101 Things I Learned in Culinary School is a really neat book that's difficult to describe in just a few sentences!  While it doesn't contain a lot of text, it does contain a lot of information.  The 101 "Things" include tips for selecting cookware, purchasing ingredients, preparing foods, and serving dishes; quotations, restaurant lingo, and more.

If you're looking for the right knife, pan, potato, rice, pepper, salt, oil, or cut of beef for a particular use, this book will tell you.  If you would like to know what it means to keep kosher or to keep halal, or to learn about Hindu food practices, or to find out the difference between vegetarian and vegan ... this book has the facts.  If you need to know how to handle a choking emergency, an allergic reaction, or a grease fire, you'll find it here.  (I suggest you read the book ahead of time, rather than waiting for the emergency to occur!)

I read through this book quickly, but I'll refer back to it for the information it contains.  (That would be easier if the book had an index, but I can easily mark the pages I know I'll use again.)  While I already knew some of what the book teaches, I had plenty of I didn't know that! moments while I was reading it, as well.

Find out more about 101 Things I Learned in Culinary School at the Hachette Book Group product page, and find out where to purchase a copy.

Win it: Thanks to Grand Central Publishing and Hachette Book Group, three readers will each win a copy of 101 Things I Learned in Culinary School.

This giveaway is closed.

Here's how to enter: Just leave a comment to let me know which "Thing" (or category) most intrigues you. Be sure to leave a way for me to contact you. Limit 1 entry by this method. This must be done in order to qualify for extra entries.

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More details: Open to residents of USA and Canada, age 18 or older. Giveaway ends 6/7/10 at noon (Eastern time). Winners will be chosen by the random number generator at Random.org. Each winner will be contacted by email and must claim the prize within 48 hours, or another winner will be chosen. No P.O. Box addresses. Void where prohibited.

Good luck, and thanks for reading!

Disclosure: I received a copy of the book, at no cost to me, for review purposes.

43 comments :

  1. Heaven knows I could use all the help I can get. Lol.

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  2. I'm most interested in knowing the right cut of meat to use.
    gourdsrmylife(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  3. 2. I follow you on GFC as frugal tumbleweed acres.
    gourdsrmylife(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  4. I follow you on GFC as frugal tumbleweed acres.
    gourdsrmylife(at)yahoo(at)com

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  5. how to hold a knife most intrigues me

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  6. I think the different food preps based on religious requirements would be interesting.

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  7. I think knowing the right knife to use, how to hold it, etc would be nice to know.
    blessed.mama4 at yahoo dot com

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  8. I'm an email subscriber #2
    blessed.mama4 at yahoo dot com

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  9. I'm an email subscriber #1
    blessed.mama4 at yahoo dot com

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  10. I have one knife I use to cut everything, meat, veggies, you name it. It would be nice to know what knife I should be using, it would probably help a lot.
    jonandjen10@gmail.com

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  11. Oh wow you know I always love to know more about cookware!

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  12. I'm most interested in the history of food! That would be really neat to read about!

    april_vereb@yahoo.com

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  13. I follow via GFC!
    2

    april_vereb@yahoo.com

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  14. I follow via GFC!
    1

    april_vereb@yahoo.com

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  15. I subscribed to the 'contests' newsletter!

    april_vereb@yahoo.com

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  16. i'd like help with preparing foods
    nannypanpan at sbcglobal.net

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  17. I subscribe to GFC (entry #1)

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  18. I would love to learn about knives. I have a whole set but seem to use the same ones over and over.

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  19. I would like to learn how to serve dishes for when we have a nice dinner.
    rbjj32825[at]lycos[dot]com

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  20. I'd love to learn it all! But I think the actual preparing foods would interest me alot, I've always wanted to learn just how the real chefs do it!

    jellibeenz1978@hotmail.com

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  21. I'm a follower #2

    jellibeenz1978@hotmail.com

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  22. I'm a follower #1

    jellibeenz1978@hotmail.com

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  23. Tweeted!
    http://twitter.com/jellibeenz1978/status/14770641695

    jellibeenz1978@hotmail.com

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  24. Subscribed to the Mystery and Nicholas Sparks newsletters!

    jellibeenz1978@hotmail.com

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  25. i guess i need to learn it all... how to boil water... lol, i think i can handle that... but since there is a section on it, now I am not so sure ha ha

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  26. I'm interested in them all but would love to learn how to hold knives better.

    Heidi

    heidijweber@gmail.com

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  27. I follow on google friend

    goobler08@hotmail.com

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  28. I would like to read the cookware section!

    goobler08@hotmail.com

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  29. Twitter entry

    http://twitter.com/goobler08/status/15152981767

    goobler08@hotmail.com

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  30. I follow on google friend #2

    goobler08@hotmail.com

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  31. I need the most help with finding the right ingredients for recipes!

    rmglaughlin at gmail dot com

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  32. I follow you both on Twitter - @michrick8185 and I tweeted: http://twitter.com/Michrick8185/status/15175371194

    rmglaughlin at gmail dot com

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  33. Tweet! http://twitter.com/Michrick8185/status/15270234934

    rmglaughlin at gmail dot com

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