Books that Hospitality Professionals Need to Know and Read

There are many reasons why reading books is important. Few of these reasons are; it’s essential to your personal and professional development. It helps you grow mentally, expands your knowledge, improves communication skills and concentration, provides inspiration and ideas, self-discovery, enhances your memory, relaxation and many other benefits.

Thankfully, for hospitality professionals who may find themselves with inadequate time for reading, you can now enjoy these books by listening to audiobooks. Most of the books listed below are available in audio. These books are also available in digital format, so you can read, learn and enjoy from your laptop, tablet or smart phone.

Here is a list of books that hospitality professionals need to know and read/listen. By no means, this is not an exhaustive list and not listed by ranking or reviews.

Professional Development Books for Hospitality Professionals
  • 100 Tips For Hoteliers: Why Every Successful Hotel Professional Need to Know and Do, by Peter Venison
  • Setting The Table: The Transforming Power of Hospitality in Business, by Danny Meyer
  • Be Our Guest (Revised and Updated Edition): Perfecting the Art of Customer Service (Disney Institute Books), by Theodore Kinni
  • Lessons in Service from Charlie Trotter (Lessons from Charlie Trotter), by Edmund Lawler
  • The Service Culture Handbook: A Step by Step Guide to Getting Your Employees Obsessed with Customer Service, by Jeff Toister
  • The Heart of Hospitality: Great Hotel and Restaurant Leaders Share Their Secrets, by Micah Solomon and Herve Humler
  • A Wealth of Insight: The World’s Best Luxury Hoteliers on Leadership, Management, and The Future of 5 Star Hospitality, by Rahim Kanani 
  • Overbooked: The Exploding Business of Travel and Tourisn, by Elizabeth Becker
  • The Customer Rules: The 39 Essential Rules For Delivering Sensational Service, by Lee Cockerell 
  • Introduction to Hospitality (1st to 8th Edition), by John R. Walker
Personal Development Books for Hospitality Professionals
  1. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change, by Stephen Covey
  2. Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action, by Simon Sinek
  3. How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, by Dale Carnegie
  4. How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie
  5. Think and Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill
  6. The Greatest Salesman in the World, by Og Mandino
  7. The Purpose Driven Life, by Rick Warren
  8. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, by Charles Duhigg
  9. 15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management, by Kevin Kruse
  10. Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time, by Brian Tracy
  11. Emotional Intelligence, by Daniel Coleman
  12. Working in Teams: Moving From High Potential to High Performance, by Brian A. Griffith and Ethan Dunham
  13. Who Moved My Cheese, by Spencer Johnson
  14. The Happiness Project, by Gretchen Rubin
  15. Goals!: How to Get Everything You Want  – Faster Than You Ever  Thought Possible, by Brian Tracy
Mental Health Self Help Books
  1. Practicing Mindfulness: 75 Essential Meditations to Reduce Stress, Improved Mental Health, and Find Peace in the Everyday, by Matthew Sockolov
  2. Get Out of your Head: Stopping the Spiral of Toxic Thoughts, by Jennie Allen
  3. Mind is the Master: The Complete James Allen Treasury
  4. The Power of Your Subconscious Mind, by Joseph Murphy 
  5. The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living, by Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman
Job Search and Career Development
  1. What Color is Your Parachute? 2020 A Practical Manual for Job Hunters and Career-changers, by Richard Bolles
  2. How To Write The Perfect Resume, by Dan Clay
  3. How To Write a Killer LinkedIn Profile… And 18 Mistakes to Avoid, by Brenda Bernstein
  4. How to Answer Interview Questions, by Peggy McKee and Scott Miller
  5. Get That Job!: The Quick and Complete Guide to Winning Interview, by Thea Kelly
  6. The 2-Hour Job Search, Second Edition: Using Technology to Get the Right Job Faster, by Steve Dalton
  7. Guerilla Marketing for Job Hunters 3.0: How to Stand Out from the Crowd and Tap into the Hidden Job Market using Social Media and 999 other Tactics Today, by Jay Conrad Levinson and David E. Perry
  8. Switchers: How Smart Professionals Change Careers — and Seize Success, by Dr. Darwin Graham
  9. Culinary Careers: How to Get Your Dream Job in Food with Advice from Top Culinary Professionals, by Rick Smilow and Anne E. McBride
  10. Introverts: Leverage Your Strengths For Effective Job Search (1st Edition) by Gabriela Casineanu
More Books for Hospitality Professionals

Food & Beverage/ Culinary

  • Management of Food & Beverage Operations, by Jack Ninemeier
  • Managing Service in Food and Beverage Operation, by Jack Ninemeir, CHA, CFBE,
  • Food and Beverage Cost Control, by Lea R. Dopson and David K. Hayes
  • Principles of Food and Beverage, and Labor Cost Control, 9th Edition, by Paul R. Dittmer
  • The Book of Yields, Accuracy in Food Costing and Purchasing, 8th Edition, by Francis T. Lynch
  • HACCP: A practical approach, by Sara Mortimore
  • Restaurant Success by the Numbers, Second Edition: A Money-Guy’s Guide to Opening the Next New Hot Spot, by Roger Fields
  • The World Atlas of Wine 8th Edition, by Hugh Johnson
  • The Bar Shift: 41 Short Management Lessons You Don’t have to Learn the Hard Way! by Dave Nitzel, David Domzalski, Sean Finter
  • Drinks, by Vincent Gasnier
  • Culinary Artistrym, by Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page
  • Pastry School: 101 Step by Step Recipes, by Le Cordon Bleu
  • The Art of the Chocolatier: From Classic Confections to Sensational Showpieces, by Ewald Notter
  • The Restaurant Manager’s Handbook, by Douglas Robert Brown
  • The Professional Chef, by The Culinary Institute of America
  • Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking, by Samin Nosrat and Wendy MacNaughton
  • The Flavor Bible: The Essential Guide to Culinary, by Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page
  • Larousse Gastronomique: The World’s Greatest Culinary Encyclopedia, Completely Revised and Updated, by Librairie Larousse
  • Garde Manger: The Art and Craft of the Cold Kitchen, by The Culinary Institute of America
  • Cocktail Codex: Fundamentals, Formulas, Evolutions, by Alex Day and Nick Fauchald


Front Office

  • Managing Front Office Operations, by Michael L. Kasavana
  • Powerful Phrases for Dealing with Difficult People: Over 325 Ready-to-Use Words and Phrases for working with Challenging Personalities, by Renee Evenson
  • Customer Service Training 101: Quick and Easy Techniques That Get Results, Third Edition, by Renee Evenson



  • Professional Management of Housekeeping Operations, by Thomas J.A. Jones
  • Managing Housekeeping Operations, by Aleta A. Nitschke
  • The Lost Art of Towel Origami, by Alison Jenkins

Financial Management


  • Hospitality Industry Managerial Accounting, Eighth Edition, by Raymond S. Schmidgall, Ph.D., CPA
  • Hotel and Restaurant Accounting, Eighth Edition, by Raymond Cote, CPA, CCP
  • Revenue Superstar!: The Simple Rules of Hotel Revenue Management, by Johan Hammer


Sales & Marketing

  • Convention Sales and Services, Ninth Edition, by James R. Abbey, Ph.D.
  • Hospitality Sales and Marketing, Sixth Edition, by James R. Abbey, Ph.D. 
  • Revenue Management Maximizing Revenue in Hospitality Operations, Second Edition, by Gabor Forgacs
  • Marketing for Hospitality and Tourism, by Philip Kotler
  • Distribution Channel Analysis A Guide for Hotels, by Cindy Estis Green and Mark V. Lomanno



  • Event Manager: Over More Than 20 Years of Successful Meetings, Some Tips to Learn the Convention Management in Five Days, by Daniela Liccardo
  • Meetings, Expositions, Events, and Conventions, by George G. Fenich Ph.D.
  • The Strategic Planning Guide for Event Professionals: How Strategic Events Will: Ignite Your Career, Transform Your Company & Elevate the Entire Meeting Industry, by Christy Lamagna


Human Resources

  • Managing Hospitality Human Resources, Fifth Edition, by Robert H. Woods, Ph.D., CHRE, University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Misty M. Johanson, Ph.D., DePaul University; Michael P. Sciarini, Ph.D., Grand Valley State University
  • The Essential HR Handbook, 10th Anniversary Edition: A Quick and Handy Resource for Any Manager or HR Professional, by Sharon Armstrong and Barbara Mitchell
  • Human Resources Management in the Hospitality Industry, by David K. Hayes and Jack Ninemeier 


For Supervisors & Managers

  • Supervision in the Hospitality Industry, by John R. Walker
  • The First-Time Manager, by Jim McCormick
  • From Supervisor to Leader: How to Break Free from Stress and Build a Thriving Team That Gets Result, by Shanda K. Miller
  • The Cornell School of Hotel Administration on Hospitality: Cutting Edge Thinking and Practice, by Michael C. Sturman, Jack B. Corgel, Rohit Verma

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