- Print Length: 256 Pages
- Publisher: Chronicle Books
- Publication Date: March 20, 2008
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004O67180
- ISBN-10: 0811864308
- ISBN-13: 978-0811865784
- File Format: EPUB
I didn’t happen upon Top Chef the series until it’s second season but once I discovered it, I was hooked. As a person who really enjoys (what we call in my “wherever”) “bangin’ the pans together, just the word “chef” in it’s title drew me in as much as any of the other cooking competition shows would’ve; given the subject matter. I mean, c’mon…I watch Iron Chef!!! This is not the average food one cooks at home. Who cooks this stuff? Anyway, there was something different about this series. Of course the formula is very similar if not identical to the likes of Top Design or Project Runway in which the contestants live, eat, sleep and go everywhere together. The difference is; not all of us can design, fit, sit down at a sewing machine and whip up what they hope will be fashion’s next “new thing” in 20 minutes but (hopefully) many more can sling some food in a pan, cook it up, serve it up, sit down at a table and eat it, right? The complete journey on which the contestants embark really draws the viewer in and the book encompasses all that “stuff” in the guise of a cookbook and it wears it’s costume well.
The two cookbooks (there’s another with just the “quick-fire challenge” recipes) do not disappoint. They have put together a complete and very satisfying summation of the competition which takes you right back to rooting for you favorite through winning recipes, photos, trivia, back-story and background on all the chefs in addition to the main judges, Tom, Gail and Padma as well as critiques and quotes by many of the guests judges, favorite sayings of the chefs, catch-phrases, who had the craziest hairdos, etc…oh yeah and more recipes. It’s more than just a cookbook; it’s an intense but enjoyable pictorial through all of the madness of the entire process of becoming Top Chef from beginning to end…and then there are the recipes. You will find it amazing to see just how much information the writers and editors were to include in this book. If you are a fan of the series; buy the book. If you’re a fan of the series AND someone who actually “likes” to cook; what the heck are you waiting for? Buy the book. You’ll love it.
Top Chef presents the official companion cookbook to the No. 1 rated food show on cable television! Featuring 100 fabulous recipes from the first three seasons of the show, including dishes from the Elimination Rounds and the Quick-Fire Challenges, Top Chef: The Cookbook invites fans into the hottest kitchen on prime time. In-depth discussions with contestants, judges, and crew reveal the inner workings of the show, and lavish photographs take readers behind-the-scenes into the Top Chef pantry and the competition sites. Handsomely packaged with a canvas cover inspired by the chef’s jacket worn by each of the Top Chef contestants, this cookbook will have aspiring culinary contenders reliving classic show moments and relishing new recipes just in time to obsess over Padma’s outfits in Season 4.