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Cookbook Review – The Culinary Institute of America Cookbook

Updated on November 28, 2008

Want to learn how to cook the same way that top professional chefs have been learning for years? Consider adding The Culinary Institute of America Cookbook to your collection of cookbooks.

You'll enjoy more than 375 recipes designed with home chefs in mind, along with cooking tips and answers to cooking questions from experts from The Culinary Institute of America, the world's premier culinary college.

As beautiful as it is practical, The Culinary Institute of America Cookbook will appeal to cookbook collectors and home cooks alike. The simple and classic cover design makes the book an attractive addition to any kitchen bookshelf, and the stunning food photography throughout the book makes it a joy to flip through.

What really makes the book special, however, is the amazing collection of recipes. Anyone who wants to become a better cook can benefit from reading this book and applying the cooking techniques to their skill set in the kitchen.

For maximum benefit, don't focus just on the recipes. Take advantage of the expert advice that will help you take your home cooking to the next level using skills practiced every day by the best chefs around the world.

"Our goal is to create high-quality cookbooks from respected and authoritative sources," says David Kamen, chef and instructor at The Culinary Institute of America. "This book contains the expertise of the many chefs and instructors who have contributed their talents and creativity to the CIA for the past sixty years."

Expert Cooking Tips from the CIA Cookbook

Some of the many culinary skills you'll be able to master when you utilize the instructions in this book include:

  • Basic steps for making cream soups
  • Best meat, poultry, and fish cooking methods
  • How to work with pie dough
  • Tips for selecting and preparing whole grains

Recipe Selections in The Culinary Institute of America Cookbook

Among the hundreds of recipes in this cookbook, you'll find detailed instructions on how to make many excellent dishes, including:


  • Bubble Tea
  • Cardamom Spiced Coffee
  • Chai
  • Hot Mulled Cider
  • Tropical Fruit Smoothie

Main Dishes:

  • Cedar Planked Salmon with Huckleberry-Zinfandel Sauce
  • Ginger Sesame Stir-Fried Scallops
  • Green Enchiladas
  • Madeira Glazed Portobello Sandwich
  • Moroccan Lemon Chicken

Side Dishes, Salads, and Starters:

  • Braised Kale
  • Radish Salad with Pears
  • Roasted Eggplant Salad
  • Satay of Beef
  • Tortilla Soup
  • Zucchini Pancakes with Tzatziki Sauce

Baked Goods:

  • Ham and Cheddar Scones
  • Jalapeno Jack and Cheddar Cornbread
  • Marbleized Pound Cake
  • Soda Bread
  • Swedish Oatmeal Cookies

These recipes represent just a small selection of the many delicious meal ideas you'll find in The Culinary Institute of America Cookbook. If you're ready to master these dishes, and many other wonderful recipes, this cookbook is a must-have for you!


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    Rebecca Graf 9 years ago from Wisconsin

    I love cookbooks. I don't have this one. I'll be checking it out for sure.