Top 10 Best Books to Read in Hospitality, Travel & Tourism - August 2021

Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Hospitality, Travel & Tourism. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. Kitchen Confidential Updated Edition: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly (P.S.)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Hospitality, Travel & Tourism - August 2021

An updated and revised edition of Anthony Bourdain's mega-bestselling Kitchen Confidential, with new material from the original edition Almost two decades ago, the New Yorker published a now infamous article, “Don’t Eat before You Read This,” by then little-known chef Anthony Bourdain. Bourdain spared no one’s appetite as he revealed what happens behind the kitchen door. The article was a sensation, and the book it spawned, the now classic Kitchen Confidential , became an even bigger sensation, a megabestseller with over one million copies in print. Frankly confessional, addictively acerbic, and utterly unsparing, Bourdain pulls no punches in this memoir of his years in the restaurant business. Fans will love to return to this deliciously funny, delectably shocking banquet of wild-but-true tales of life in the culinary trade from Chef Anthony Bourdain, laying out his more than a quarter-century of drugs, sex, and haute cuisine—this time with never-before-published material.

  • Author: Anthony Bourdain
  • Publisher: Ecco; 1st edition (January 9, 2007)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Beverages & Wine
  • Dimensions: 5.31 x 0.79 x 8 inches


2. Smuggler's Cove: Exotic Cocktails, Rum, and the Cult of Tiki

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Hospitality, Travel & Tourism - August 2021

Martin and Rebecca Cate, founders and owners of Smuggler’s Cove (the most acclaimed tiki bar of the modern era) take you on a colorful journey into the lore and legend of tiki: its birth as an escapist fantasy for Depression-era Americans; how exotic cocktails were invented, stolen, and re-invented; Hollywood starlets and scandals; and tiki’s modern-day revival, in this James Beard Award-winning cocktail book. Featuring more than 100 delicious recipes (original and historic), plus a groundbreaking new approach to understanding rum, Smuggler’s Cove is the magnum opus of the contemporary tiki renaissance. Whether you’re looking for a new favorite cocktail, tips on how to trick out your home tiki grotto, help stocking your bar with great rums, or inspiration for your next tiki party, Smuggler’s Cove has everything you need to transform your world into a Polynesian Pop fantasia. Make yourself a Mai Tai, put your favorite exotica record on the hi-fi, and prepare to lose yourself in the fantastical world of tiki, one of the most alluring—and often misunderstood—movements in American cultural history.

  • Author: Martin Cate
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press; Illustrated edition (June 7, 2016)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Beverages & Wine
  • ISBN: 978-1607747321
  • Dimensions: 7.69 x 1.29 x 9.28 inches


3. Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Hospitality, Travel & Tourism - August 2021

WINNER • 2021 PULITZER PRIZE IN HISTORY The “stunning” (David W. Blight) untold history of how fast food became one of the greatest generators of black wealth in America. Just as The Color of Law provided a vital understanding of redlining and racial segregation, Marcia Chatelain’s Franchise investigates the complex interrelationship between black communities and America’s largest, most popular fast food chain. Taking us from the first McDonald’s drive-in in San Bernardino to the franchise on Florissant Avenue in Ferguson, Missouri, in the summer of 2014, Chatelain shows how fast food is a source of both power―economic and political―and despair for African Americans. As she contends, fast food is, more than ever before, a key battlefield in the fight for racial justice. 8 chapter openers

  • Author: Marcia Chatelain
  • Publisher: Liveright (January 19, 2021)
  • Genre: Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences
  • ISBN: 978-1631498701
  • Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches


4. Setting the Table: The Transforming Power of Hospitality in Business

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Hospitality, Travel & Tourism - August 2021

The bestselling business book from award-winning restauranteur Danny Meyer, of Union Square Cafe, Gramercy Tavern, and Shake Shack Seventy-five percent of all new restaurant ventures fail, and of those that do stick around, only a few become icons. Danny Meyer started Union Square Cafe when he was 27, with a good idea and hopeful investors. He is now the co-owner of a restaurant empire. How did he do it? How did he beat the odds in one of the toughest trades around? In this landmark book, Danny shares the lessons he learned developing the dynamic philosophy he calls Enlightened Hospitality. The tenets of that philosophy, which emphasize strong in-house relationships as well as customer satisfaction, are applicable to anyone who works in any business. Whether you are a manager, an executive, or a waiter, Danny’s story and philosophy will help you become more effective and productive, while deepening your understanding and appreciation of a job well done.  Setting the Table  is landmark a motivational work from one of our era’s most gifted and insightful business leaders.

  • Author: Danny Meyer
  • Publisher: Ecco; Reprint edition (January 29, 2008)
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Professionals & Academics
  • Dimensions: 5.31 x 0.76 x 8 inches


5. Caffeine: How Caffeine Created the Modern World

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Hospitality, Travel & Tourism - August 2021

Michael Pollan, known for his best-selling nonfiction audio, including The Omnivores Dilemma and How to Change Your Mind , conceived and wrote Caffeine: How Caffeine Created the Modern World as an Audible Original. In this controversial and exciting listen, Pollan explores caffeine’s power as the most-used drug in the world - and the only one we give to children (in soda pop) as a treat. Pollan takes us on a journey through the history of the drug, which was first discovered in a small part of East Africa and within a century became an addiction affecting most of the human species. Caffeine, it turns out, has changed the course of human history - won and lost wars, changed politics, dominated economies. What’s more, the author shows that the Industrial Revolution would have been impossible without it. The science of how the drug has evolved to addict us is no less fascinating. And caffeine has done all these things while hiding in plain sight! Percolated with Michael Pollan’s unique ability to entertain, inform, and perform, Caffeine is essential listening in a world where an estimated two billion cups of coffee are consumed every day.

  • Author: Michael Pollan
  • Genre: Business & Money, Industries, Hospitality, Travel & Tourism


6. The Professional Chef

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Hospitality, Travel & Tourism - August 2021

The Professional Chef is among the best-selling titles in Wiley's cooking program and represents the cornerstone book in our publishing partnership with the CIA. We have completely reorganized this book to reflect the way that people cook in the kitchen today, with the best of foods and flavors from around the world. The book reviews ingredients, equipment, and skills of the professional chef. It then explores the techniques for the full range of food items: vegetables, potatoes, grains, legumes, pasta, meats, fish and seafood, poultry, eggs, fruits, soups, sauces, quickbreads and cakes, yeast breads, and more. The new edition features information on global cuisines, an all-new chapter on Plated Desserts, and information on topics of growing importance such as sous vide cooking, seasonality, and sustainability. The new edition features a new user-friendly design and structure, guiding readers through the basic principles behind each technique at a glance, and then providing more in-depth information along with step-by-step photography. Complete with hundreds of recipes and four-color photographs throughout, this is the essential reference for any aspiring chef, culinary student, or cooking enthusiast. For the first time ever, The Professional Chef is also available as a revolutionary interactive iPad edition (978-1-118-12012-5).

  • Author: The Culinary Institute of America (CIA)
  • Publisher: Wiley; 9th edition (September 13, 2011)
  • Genre: Business & Money, Industries
  • ISBN: 978-0470421352
  • Dimensions: 8.6 x 2.3 x 11 inches


7. Fast Food Nation (The Dark Side of the All-American Meal)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Hospitality, Travel & Tourism - August 2021

New York Times Bestseller “Schlosser has a flair for dazzling scene-setting and an arsenal of startling facts . . . Fast Food Nation points the way but, to resurrect an old fast food slogan, the choice is yours.”— Los Angeles Times In 2001, Fast Food Nation was published to critical acclaim and became an international bestseller. Eric Schlosser’s exposé revealed how the fast food industry has altered the landscape of America, widened the gap between rich and poor, fueled an epidemic of obesity, and transformed food production throughout the world. The book changed the way millions of people think about what they eat and helped to launch today’s food movement. In a new afterword for this edition, Schlosser discusses the growing interest in local and organic food, the continued exploitation of poor workers by the food industry, and the need to ensure that every American has access to good, healthy, affordable food. Fast Food Nation is as relevant today as it was a decade ago. The book inspires readers to look beneath the surface of our food system, consider its impact on society and, most of all, think for themselves. “As disturbing as it is irresistible . . . Exhaustively researched, frighteningly convincing . . . channeling the spirits of Upton Sinclair and Rachel Carson.”— San Francisco Chronicle “Schlosser shows how the fast food industry conquered both appetite and landscape.”— The New Yorker Eric Schlosser is a contributing editor for the Atlantic and the author of Fast Food Nation , Reefer Madness , and Chew on This (with Charles Wilson).

  • Author: Eric Schlosser
  • Publisher: Mariner Books; 1st edition (March 1, 2012)
  • Genre: Business & Money, Biography & History
  • ISBN: 978-0547750330


8. Food Truck Business Guide for Beginners: Simple Strategic Plan to Build and Maintain a Successful Mobile Business

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Hospitality, Travel & Tourism - August 2021

Do it right, and you could see your food truck trending on Instagram. Listen on to make sure it happens....   A modest investment in a food truck can result in an income stream of $250k to $500k a year.  Couple that with the incredible freedom and flexibility offered by not only starting a business, but starting a mobile business, and it’s easy to see why so many people are drawn to the idea of starting up a food truck. In fact, the food truck is the perfect model for a startup: The start-up costs are low.  The overhead charges are low.  You’re your own boss from the word go.  You need very few staff to run a successful operation. The market for exciting and unique food-on-the-go is huge, but so is your competition. And that’s why you need a solid plan before you start hunting for trucks and planning menus. If you have the glimmer of an idea for a food truck, the chances are, you can make it a success. You may have heard that around 50 percent of startups fail in the first year. That figure is considerably lower in the food truck industry, but nonetheless, knowing how to avoid failure is key to setting up a thriving business. In Food Truck Business: Guide for Beginners , you’ll find a comprehensive guide to setting up a successful food truck. You’ll discover: The most common mistakes that lead to food truck failure, and exactly how to avoid them  A step-by-step guide to writing a business plan tailored specifically to your food truck business  The most successful ways to secure funding, without making a dent in your own wallet  How to find your niche, and why doing so is essential to your success  The secret to finding the right customers for a success story as big as Kogi’s BBQ Truck   The six hottest mobile food options you can choose from - how to know which is right for you and how to find the perfect vehicle  Weird psychological tricks you can use to make your menu sell out  Why "marketing" is more than a buzzword - and how to do it successfully, no matter what your background  Up-to-date information on licensing, permits, and regulations  Everything you need to know to ensure your business passes its inspections every time  How to keep your food truck thriving way past the startup stage  Ways to expand your business once you’re a roaring success And much more If you’ve noticed the vast potential of the food truck industry, you’ve already got your eyes on the prize. What you need to know now is how to make sure you get your business off the ground successfully and stand out from the competition. The good news is that when you follow a clear plan, you’ll start with everything in place to ensure your food truck is a success - something that will already put you leaps ahead of other startups in the industry. If you can envision your food trending on Instagram and hearing excited whispers when someone spots your food truck at a festival, it’s time to get started. Make that dream a reality. If you’re ready to launch the food truck everyone will remember, then scroll up and click “Add to Cart” right now. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

  • Author: Shaun M. Durrant
  • Genre: Business & Money, Industries, Hospitality, Travel & Tourism


9. Meehan's Bartender Manual

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Hospitality, Travel & Tourism - August 2021

“A knowledge-filled tome for true cocktail nerds or those aspiring to be” ( Esquire ), from one of the world’s most acclaimed bartenders   WINNER OF THE JAMES BEARD AWARD • WINNER OF THE TALES OF THE COCKTAIL SPIRITED AWARD® FOR BEST NEW COCKTAIL OR BARTENDING BOOK • IACP AWARD FINALIST   Meehan’s Bartender Manual is acclaimed mixologist Jim Meehan’s magnum opus—and the first book of the modern era to explain the bar industry from the inside out. With chapters that mix cocktail history with professional insights from experts all over the world, this deep dive covers it all: bar design, menu development, spirits production, drink mixing technique, the craft of service and art of hospitality, and more.   The book also includes recipes for 100 cocktails culled from the classic canon and Meehan’s own storied career. Each recipe reveals why Meehan makes these drinks the way he does, offering unprecedented access to a top bartender’s creative process.   Whether you’re a professional looking to take your career to the next level or an enthusiastic amateur interested in understanding the how and why of mixology, Meehan’s Bartender Manual is the definitive guide.

  • Author: Jim Meehan
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press; Illustrated edition (October 17, 2017)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Beverages & Wine
  • ISBN: 978-1607748625
  • Dimensions: 7.06 x 1.42 x 8.64 inches


10. Airbnb For Dummies

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Hospitality, Travel & Tourism - August 2021

Make extra money―and your guests extra happy―with Airbnb!   You’ve got that spare tower, mansion, apartment, couch, or perhaps even treehouse (really―there are more than 2,400 treehouses listed on Airbnb). You’re a polite, clean, and tolerant host. And you want to make some money. Congratulations, you’re fully qualified to become part of the Airbnb revolution! Whether you’re looking to break into the business, or have already started and are researching ways of making your guests feel even more pampered as you grow your reputation and income, Airbnb for Dummies is the perfect venue for you. And this applies whether you currently own property or not!  Sit back in your lounge recliner and let the owners and founders of show you the ins and outs of the short-term rental boom that connects hosts with travelers looking for more economical and personal travel experiences across the world. Sip a refreshing drink as you learn how to manage the day-to-day―from maintaining listings to keeping things clean for your guests―and how to maximize and increase your profits. Make an attractive listing Perfect your pricing Profit without a property Create amazing guest experiences So, get hold of a copy, read it in your favorite spot, and watch as the money and excited guests beat a path to your door!

  • Author: Symon He
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1st edition (August 4, 2020)
  • Genre: Business & Money, Industries
  • ISBN: 978-1119626077
  • Dimensions: 7.3 x 1 x 9 inches