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CIA Inspires with New “Cooking with Lentils” Video Series

Lentil Pasta Puttanesca
Lentil and Bulgur Pilaf

Napa, CA – Chefs across any dining segment will find inspiration in a new series of video demonstrations from The Culinary Institute of America. Presented by and featuring CIA Chef-Instructor Rebecca Peizer, the free online learning program Cooking with Lentils is available now at

The companion to the video series, OnPulse magazine, is a fresh, contemporary resource that helps foodservice operators discover and leverage the advantages of pulses (lentils, chickpeas, dry field peas, and dry beans), a rapidly developing ingredient category. Inspirational and business-focused, OnPulse covers on-point topics like driving traffic with menu excitement; expanding day and menu parts; increasing menu transparency; supporting sustainability, wellness, and food ethics; and implementing tactics for lowering food costs. The magazine will be available starting May 1, 2017 at

For the video series, Chef Peizer developed recipes to inspire others to think creatively when cooking with lentils. “It was fun to explore such a wide array of applications with lentils,” she says. “From using lentil purée to swap out some of the saturated fat in brownies to using lentil flour to make pasta puttanesca, I find lentils to be incredibly versatile and perfect for adding a healthful twist to many recipes.”

The original recipes featured in the series—all downloadable and demonstrated in streaming video—include:

From lentil varieties and the difference between whole and split lentils, to how to use a large batch of lentils in a menu plan-over, to making the most of lentil flour and purée, Cooking with Lentils covers the fundamental knowledge needed to successfully utilize lentils in any operation.

The video series was produced by the CIA’s Digital Media team, which has won two James Beard Awards for Best Webcast. View the series at

Photo Captions and Hi-Res Images:

Photo 1: Burmese Tea Leaf and Popped Lentil Salad. (Photo credit: CIA/John Barkley)
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Photo 2: Lentil Pasta Puttanesca. (Photo credit: CIA/John Barkley)
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Photo 3: Lentil and Bulgur Pilaf. (Photo credit: CIA/John Barkley)
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Claudia Ramer
Digital Media Manager

Founded in 1946, The Culinary Institute of America is the world’s premier culinary college. Dedicated to developing leaders in foodservice and hospitality, the independent, not-for-profit CIA offers bachelor’s degree majors in management, culinary science, and applied food studies; associate degrees in culinary arts and baking and pastry arts; and executive education through its Food Business School. The college also offers certificate programs and courses for professionals and enthusiasts. Its conferences and consulting services have made the CIA the think tank of the food industry and its worldwide network of 49,000 alumni includes innovators in every area of the food business. The CIA has locations in New York, California, Texas, and Singapore.

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