Bobby Flay's Throwdown!: More Than 100 Recipes from Food Network's Ultimate Cooking Challenge Hardcover – 15 Nov 2010
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About the Author
BOBBY FLAY is the chef-owner of three Mesa Grill restaurants, two Bar Americains, Bobby Flay Steak, and five Bobby s Burger Palaces. He is the host of numerous popular cooking shows on Food Network, from the Emmy-winning "Boy Meets Grill "and" Grill It! with Bobby Flay "to the" Iron Chef America" series and "Throwdown! with Bobby Flay." A "New York Times" bestselling author, he is also the food correspondent for CBS s "Early Show" and a contributing editor at "Parade" magazine. This is his tenth book. His website is www.bobbyflay.com.
STEPHANIE BANYAS has been Bobby Flay s business assistant since 1996. She is the co-author of "Bobby Flay s Burgers, Fries & Shakes; Bobby Flay s Grill It!; Bobby Flay s Mesa Grill Cookbook; "and" Bobby Flay s Grilling for Life." She lives in New York City with her beloved cat, Emily Rose.
MIRIAM GARRON has been the sous chef of Food Network since 2003. Prior to working in television, she edited three cookbooks in the MinuteMeals series. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York, the center of the universe."
Top Customer Reviews
While watching THROWDOWN is a pleasure what a treat and how handy to have over 100 of these recipes available in Bobby's first cookbook. It's a beauty of a book with many of the show's favorite moments, some peeks behind the scenes, and gorgeous food photography. You'll find everything from Barbecue to Mac `n' Cheese to Ravioli with all sorts of good dishes in between. For each episode of THROWDOWN featured in the book both Bobby's and his challenger's recipes are included.
For instance, when it comes to Grilled Cheese Connie and Bill Fisher who own a restaurant in New Jersey that offers 31 varieties of grilled cheese may have thought they were sure-wins with their sandwich built with Monterrey Jack cheese, turkey and bacon on rosemary focaccia. Not quite - Bobby took the day with his "Grilled Brie and Goat Cheese with Bacon and Green Tomato." Mom's grilled cheese was great but nothing like these!
Don't we all love spaghetti and meatballs? Bobby's looked tempting but a100-year-old recipe from Mike Maroni was declared tops, and Mat Arnfeld taught Bobby a few tricks when it came to Fish and Chips (Flour whisked with brown ale for dredging the fish couldn't have hurt).
Sometimes Bobby wins and sometimes he loses, while the recipes are always terrific. It's impossible to choose a favorite, so enjoy 270 pages of fun and fine food.
- Gail Cooke
Thebook contains recipes from the 7 seasons of his TV cookery show "Throwdown". The series, apparently, revolved around Bobby Flay taking on someone who is renowned for their skill with a certain dish. They would each cook their own version on the dish (for example, chowder, chilli, etc) and a panel of judges would decide which was best.
The book not only acts as a recipe book but as a TV companion to his series - a series which hasn't been shown here in the UK.
Every recipe comes with a story about the relevant episode, and (considering I've never seen the programme) I have to admit that I still found them very interesting, it was not just the usual self-indulgent bumf that accompanies recipes these days.
Not all the recipes in the book are Bobby Flay's, many of the contenders have recipes in the book too. It makes a change to see a chef willing to give space and acknowledgement in his own recipe to others. It would have been so easy for him to change one or two items in the recipe and claim it as his own, but he didn't. Equally it would have been easy for him to decide to brush over his embarrassing moments and defeats, but, once again, he didn't.
Mr Flay's greatest achievement is a superb recipe for fried chicken (KFC is poor by comparison). Prior to this I had thought the best recipe was by Ron Douglas (America's Most Wanted Recipes: Delicious Recipes from Your Family's Favorite Restaurants), but Bobby Flay's recipe beats it hands down, in my opinion. I even prefer it to "winner" Jasper Alexander's version.Read more ›