Introduction to Culinary Arts, 4th Edition © 2020

From basic knife skills to running a restaurant, Introduction to Culinary Arts shows students a pathway to success in the food service industry. The Culinary Institute of America brings over 65 years of excellence and experience to this foundational text.

  • Updated coverage
  • Expanded nutrition and healthy eating information
  • Culinary Careers features
  • Food Culture features

Culinary Arts CTE Program with Digital Integration

Cover practical and professional skills with a career development CTE aimed at students passionate about food service.


Engaging Pedagogy

Explanatory text is balanced with vivid photos and illustrations. Students maintain their focus on the topics at hand by seeing how they apply to working in a culinary environment.


Wide Coverage

Introduction to Culinary Arts looks at the food service industry from every angle. Lessons on cookware and sanitation lead into basic recipes and nutrition. At the end, students learn about careers.


National-level Excellence

The Culinary Institute of America develops not only a skillset in this textbook. They also hone a chef’s mindset and guide them to lead sustainable change and improvements throughout the industry.


Preparing for Certification

Introduction to Culinary Arts prepares students for the Culinary I and Food & Nutrition I certification exams offered by YouScience™.

Food Service Industry CTE Teaching Solutions

  • Student Workbook
  • Culinary History Features
  • Global Flavor Profiles
  • Student Workbook
    A downloadable Student Workbook includes lesson Study Guides, Culinary Crossword Puzzles, and additional Projects.
  • Historical Overview
    Present an overarching view of culinary history from ancient times to the modern era
  • Chronological
    Arranged chronologically
  • Regional Cuisines
    Identify the herbs, spices, and aromatics associated with twenty individual cuisines

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Additional Introduction to Culinary Arts Resources

  • Downloadable Teacher Resources
  • Teacher’s Wraparound Edition
  • Recipe Cards
  • Answer Keys
  • Test Bank with TestGen®
  • Pre-made Presentations

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Download Teacher Resources

The valuable Teacher’s Wraparound Edition includes the student edition page with point-of-use teaching tips, discussion questions, vocabulary support, and lesson plan suggestions for differentiated instruction.


Downloadable cards for 150+ recipes include Chef’s Notes, call-outs to Potentially Hazardous Foods, HACCP principles, and Nutrition Facts.


Downloadable answers to the lesson Study Guides and Crossword Puzzles are provided for instructors.


The Test Bank includes multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, and True/False questions for each chapter. TestGen helps you quickly create paper quizzes and tests that supplement the content in your textbook, without creating extra work for you.


PowerPoint® presentations correlate to the content of each chapter, so teachers can easily use them during an in-person lecture or an online class.


Frequently asked questions about Introduction to Culinary Arts

  • What topics are covered in the table of contents?

    Unit 1: Kitchen Basics

    • Food Safety
    • Kitchen Safety
    • Foodservice Equipment
    • Knives and Smallware

    Unit 2: Culinary Basics

    • Using Standardized Recipes
    • Seasonings and Flavorings
    • Preparing to Cook
    • Cooking Methods

    Unit 3: Culinary Applications

    • Breakfast Foods
    • Garde Manager
    • Sandwiches, Appetizers, and Hors d’oeuvres
    • Fruits and Vegetables
    • Grains, Legumes and Pasta
    • Stocks, Sauces and Soups
    • Fish and Shellfish
    • Meats and Poultry

    Unit 4: Breads and Desserts

    • Yeast Breads, Rolls and Pastries
    • Quick Breads
    • Desserts

    Unit 5: Nutrition and Menus

    • Nutrition
    • Menus

    Unit 6: Culinary Careers

    • Basic Career Skills
    • Working in a Restaurant
    • Owning or Managing a Restaurant
  • What grade levels is this text appropriate for?

    Grades 9-12

  • What types of courses is this text best suited for?
    This program is designed for Culinary Fundamentals programs.
  • What Student Resources are available?
    Available Student Resources include the print Student Edition and access to the eText on the Bookshelf by VitalSource® platform.
  • What Teacher Resources are available?
    Available Teacher Resources include: The print Teacher's Wraparound Edition, downloadable Recipe Cards, downloadable Answer Keys, TestGen® Test Bank, and Visual Aid PowerPoint® presentations.
  • What are the digital license options?
    Digital student access to the Bookshelf by VitalSource® eText is available for 1 or 6 years.
  • Does the course align to any industry certifications?
    Introduction to Culinary Arts meets the standards for the Culinary I and Food & Nutrition I Certifications from YouScience™.

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