Baking is certainly a "hot" profession right now: baking programs have waiting lists and pastry chefs at the best-known restaurants are gaining celebrity status. Based in Hyde Park, NY, the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) has developed this outstanding, comprehensive reference for students and professionals. Hundreds of pages are devoted to restaurant kitchen management chemical analysis of ingredients, safe handling and storage of products in a professional setting, and professional-scale equipment. There are tables for standard formulas, volume-to-weight conversion, calculating edible portions, and the like. The volume also contains 350 recipes, many of them classic breads and desserts, presented in a professional format that will be unfamiliar to most home cooks.