Helpful Books

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Catering professionals need to brush up on industry knowledge and educate themselves on steps to take toward elevating their business. Books on catering are perfect for improving knowledge about the catering industry. Some books can help anyone with interest improve themselves.

Hot Box: Inside Catering, The Food World’s Riskiest Business

Matt & Ted Lee

This book reveals the secret side of the catering industry and what the inner workings are really like behind the client experience. It’s also recommended for anyone outside the field with a hunger for an insider’s look.


Michael Pollan

This book gives us a look into the backstory behind many of the culinary traditions that we hold today. The author explores the four elements of fire, water, air, and earth to understand the elemental, back-to-basic of cooking food and how we can collectively eat healthier, live more sustainably, and better enjoy the meals we create.

Burgers, Bowls and Jars: Season by Season

Chef Eric Levine

In this book, Chef Eric Levine showcases amazing recipes that work for any season and any atmosphere. He shows us everything from aesthetically pleasing photography to display ideas and tips that will take your dishes to the next level.

Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly

Anthony Bourdain

In this book, the author shares an intimate and hysterical look at some of the world’s wildest culinary secrets and experiences.

Catering: A Guide to Managing a Successful Business Operation

The Culinary Institute of America

This book provides all the information that caterers and would-be caterers need to set up and run a successful catering business of any kind. From business launching,  pricing, kitchen set up, staffing, and marketing to event planning, organizing service, preparing food, managing the dining room management and more.

Off-Premise Catering Management

Chris Thomas & Bill Hansen

This book covers every aspect of the caterer’s job, from menu planning, pricing, food and beverage service, equipment, and packing, delivery, and set-up logistics, to legal considerations, financial management, human resources, marketing, sanitation and safety, and more.

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