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I'm 27 and finally figured out what I want to do with my life. I have a passion for cooking. I love everything about it. The gear, the fine cutlery, the recipes, the expression on someone's face when they eat. My DVR is full of food network shows, especially restaurant impossible, where I take notes about the mistakes owners make.

I just started my first restaurant job as an entry level cook. I do little things, but I do them well. Since so many people are getting sick, I'm waiting for someone to call in and then I can truly prove myself as a cook.

I'm starting culinary school this fall. I'm also working on a menu for my future restaurant. I'm pricing everything, including the seasonings, which I just add $.25, which is on the very high side for salt, pepper, cumin, red pepper flake, etc. I don't plan on cooking with much saffron so the my herbs/spices should be pretty cheap ;)

I also want my menu to be at least 15% "double dip" i.e. where one recipe makes a second recipe with the leftovers. For example. Creme brulee. Cream, egg yolks, sugar, vanilla bean. Well I use egg yolks. I still have the whites. I can take my egg whites, add some sugar, some vanilla and vinegar, then BAM! I have meringue.

Another example is buying whole chickens, carving myself, and saving the backs and wings to make stock.

I know i have a long ways to go. Can you recommend any literature I should read? I want to do this right. i'm well aware that half of restaurants fail and I do NOT want to be in that category. I'm also moving to a city when my lease is up. This will be an excellent employment opportunity (they're also going to start building a casino late next year) and I will have at least 1.5 years of experience in the restaurant setting well before they open.
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