The Professional Chef – A Great Resource

An essential book for every chef from the Culinary Institute of America. I refer to this book quite often for recipes. I also like to have it as a reference when watching my favorite shows on the Food Network like Chopped and they have some obscure food as an ingredient. Great instructional component to this book as well for those that may be new to the profession. Enjoy!

Can We Increase Workplace Productivity?

Reading an article this morning at the Wall Street Journal Online about workplace productivity and motivating your staff. They listed five must-read books on ways to increase productivity. Here were the top five:

“The Human Side of Enterprise” by Douglas McGregor
“Who Says Elephants Can’t Dance?” by Louis V. Gerstner Jr.
“The Knowing-Doing Gap: How Smart Companies Turn Knowledge into Action” by Jeffrey Pfeffer and Robert I. Sutton
“Leaders: Strategies for Taking Charge” by Warren Bennis and Burt Nanus
“Diamond Dollars: The Economics of Winning in Baseball” by Vincent Gennaro

I haven’t read any of these personally, but, most likely in these current times may just get some of these. If you have ever read any of these books I would appreciate hearing from you and your comments.

The Personal MBA Manifesto – Mastering Business Through Self-Education

If you are looking for some serious self-development you have come to the right place…….


The Personal MBA (PMBA) is a project designed by Josh Kaufman to help you educate yourself about advanced business concepts. This manifesto will show you how to substantially increase your knowledge of business on your own time and with little cost, all without setting foot inside a classroom.

The PMBA is more flexible than a traditional MBA program, doesn’t involve going into massive debt, and won’t interrupt your income stream for two years. Just set aside some dedicated reading time, pick up one of these books, learn as much as you can, discuss what you learn with others, and go out into the real world and make great things happen.

If you’re interested in educating yourself about business, the Personal MBA is the best place to start.