Top 50 Books For starting a Food Business

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Food businesses can be a hugely profitable side business that can be transformed into a full-time business bringing you even greater financial success. Food businesses like candy making, Food Trucks, home-based food businesses, and more can be started with little investment. If you have a passion for food and want to make money with it here are 50 books that can give you a great jump start into understanding how this work. 

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They are broken up into different industries and types of food businesses to make your search easier. Let's get started. 

We have compiled Food businesses From Home based cottage food, Food Trucks, Cake Decorating, Coffee shops, Bakeries, and much more. 


Food Business Books For beginners:

  1. Sell Your Specialty Food: Market Distribute, and Profit from your kitchen
  2. How to start an Asian Food Grocery Store Plus Business Plan 
  3. How to start your own crepe Food Business: What you need to know about the business and how to get started.
  4. How to start a Hotdog Cart Business: How to start and run your own profitable Hot dog cart Business. 
  5. How to start a food business with little or no money down.
  6. Cooking up a business: Lessons from food lovers who turned their passion into a career and how you can too
  7. The Profitable Hobby farm, how to build a sustainable local foods business.




Home-Based Food Business Books:

  1. Start and Run a Home-based food business
  2. Starting a part-time food business: Everything you need to know to turn your love for food into a successful business without necessarily quitting your day job.
  3. Start and Runa Home-based food business: Start and Run A 
  4. Home Baking for profit

Starting a Successful Bakery Business

  1. How to start a home-based Bakery business (Home-Based Business Series).
  2. How to Open a Financially Successful Bakery with companion CD ROM 
  3. Start a Cupcake Business Today
  4. Baking for Profit: Starting a Small Bakery 

Books for Starting a Baking Business

  1. Start a Cookie Business today
  2. Cupcake Cash - How to Make Money with a home-based baking business selling cakes, cookies, and other baked goods ( Mogul Mom work at home book series)
  3. How to Start a Cake Business from Home: How to make money from your handmade cakes, Cupcakes, Cake Pops and more!

Books for Starting a Catering Business.

  1. The Professional Caterer's Handbook: How to open and operate a financially successful Catering Business ( With CD ROM). 
  2. Catering Business: How to Start, Operate and Be Successful with your very own catering business
  3. How to Start a Home-based Catering Business 5th, Edition. 
  4. Catering: A Guide to Managing successful Business Operation
  5. How to Start a Home-based Catering Business, 6th Becoming the top caterer in your area Organizing menus for parties, corporate events, and weddings

Start a Personal Chef Business Book List:

  1. How to start a Home-based personal chef business, 2nd Home-based Business series
  2. How to open and operate a financially successful personal chef business: with a companion CD 
  3. The Professional personal chef: The business of doing business as a personal chef ( Book ONLY)

starting a Resturant business Booklist:

  1. Running a restaurant for dummies
  2. The Resturant manager's Handbook: How to set up, operate, and manage a financially successful food service operation 4th edition. With companion CD-ROM
  3. Start your own Resturant and MORE ( Startup Series)
  4. How to start a fast-food Resturant plus business plan 
  5. The Resturant business STart-up Guide ( real- world business).

Food truck business/ Mobile Food Business Books 

  1. The Food Truck Handbook: Start, Grow, and Succeed in the Mobile Food Business.
  2. How to start a Home-based Food Truck Business ( Home-based business series).
  3. The Complete idiot's guide to starting a food truck business.
  4. Food on wheels: The complete guide to starting a food truck, Food Cart, or other mobile Food business
  5. Start your own Food Truck business ( startup series)
  6. How to start a Mobile food truck lunch wagon vendor- Business plan plus Marketing plan 

Books for Cake Decorating Business

  1. Start a cake business: At home in a commercial kitchen, or in a retail cake shop
  2. Professional cake decorating
  3. Start a cake business today
  4. How to start a cake decorating business: Techniques and tips for starting a cake decorating home business
  5. Cake decorating and design: tips and tricks in 19 fun and easy to understand chapters

How to Start a Coffee ShopBusiness

  1. How to open a financially successful coffee, espresso and tea shop: with companion CD-ROM
  2. Start and run a Coffee bar

How to start Financially Successful Herb Farming Business

  1. Storey's Guide to growing organic vegetables and herbs for the market: Site and crop selection
  2. Growing and selling fresh-cut herbs
  3. The Chinese Medicinal herb farm: A cultivators guide to small scale organic herb production
  4. Growing Stevia for the market: Farm, Garden, and nursery cultivation of the sweet herb, Stevia Rebaudiana

 This is a  SHORT list ( believe it or not once you have found a good book look around at OTHER great books that can give you a great solid understanding of what type of food business you want to get into!

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