Photo of Lama library by Wei-Jen Wang

Secrets of Success
> Home
> About

> Schedule
> Calendar
Download Bookmark

Workshop Series
---103 Success
-- Accuplacer Info
College Success

-- Job Readiness

-- Library Skills
-- Maida Kamber
-- Microsoft Office

-- Technology

Learning Resources
> Math - Testing

Contact Information
Disability Assistance

Version 3f

Home > Resources > Culinary Resources > Culinary Math

Culinary Math
Culinary Math

Main Author: Linda Blocker
co - Author: Julia Hill
Edition: 3rd ed.
Publisher: Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley, c2007.
Description: x, 262 p. : ill. ; 28 cm.

ISBN:9780470068212 (pbk.) 0470068213 (pbk.)
Location: Kapiolani CC: General (2nd floor)
Call Number: TX911.3.M33 .B5844 2007


Cookery -- Mathematics.

Math skills are an essential part of the day-to-day job functions of the professional chef. This book is designed to teach the culinary student or professional all the tools necessary to manage daily restaurant operations with maximum efficiency and profitability. Well-organized and easy-to-use, the book presents proven step-by-step methods for understanding food service math concepts and their practical applications in the kitchen. The authors begin with a review of math basics, including fractions, decimals, rounding, and percents, as well as an overview of customary U.S. and metric kitchen measurements. More advanced chapters include directions on conversions, calculating yield percents, determining edible portion costs, recipe costs, and beverage costs, purchasing, and converting recipe yields. Each chapter includes a clear set of outlined objectives, as well as practice problems to help readers develop their skills. Appendices include formulas, measurement equivalency charts, problem answers, and a blank food cost form. In addition, this revised edition will include 35 all-new photographs, 150 new practice problems, and a companion website with an interactive version of the Food Cost Form, all designed to help students apply basic math skills to the field of kitchen management. 

Culinary also shows how to:

  • Calculate yield percent
  • Determine costs, edible portion costs, recipe costs, and beverage costs
  • Find out the amount of a product needed for a particular use
  • Carry out conversions for purchasing and food costing
  • Change recipe yields
  • Understand and use kitchen ratios
  • Convert U.S. measures to metric units and vice versa

Linda Blocker: Taught middle and High school mathematics for ten years before joining the faculty of The Culinary Institute of America.  During her three years at the CIA, she taught culinary math.  She spent many years involved in her family’d gourmet food business, Meredith Mountains Farms.

Julia Hill: Taught cost control and culinary math at The Culinary Institute of America for fifteen years.  Prior to her teaching position at The CIA, she was a public accountant and restaurant manager.


Acknowledgements - vii

Preface - ix

  1. Math Basics - 1
  2. Customary Units of Measure - 25
  3. Metric Measures - 40
  4. Conversion of Units of Measure within Volume or Weight - 49
  5. Converting Weight or Volume Mixed Measures - 60
  6. Advanced Conversions between Weight and Volume - 71
  7. Yield Percent - 87
  8. Applying Yield Percent in the Kitchen - 106
  9. Finding Cost - 120
  10. Edible Portion Cost - 138
  11. Recipe Costing - 154
  12. Yield Percent: When to Ignore it - 176
  13. Beverage Costing - 186
  14. Recipe Size Conversion - 200
  15. Kitchen Ratios - 222


  • A. Formula Reference Review - 237
  • B. Units of Measure and Equivalency Charts - 241
  • C. Approximate Volume to Weight Chart and Approximate Yield of Fruits and Vegetables Chart - 244
  • D. Rounding - 248
  • E. Blank Food Cost Form - 249

Answer Section - 251
Culinary Math Glossary of Terms - 255
- 259



Kapi'olani Community College - © 2002-2009. All Rights Reserved.
4303 Diamond Head Road, Honolulu, HI 96816 | 808.734.9206
Established: July 17, 2002 - Send comments to:
UH System Page KCC Library Page KCC Home Page SOS Home Page SOS Schedule SOS Learning Resources SOS Subject