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Food Network Star: The Official Insider's Guide to America's Hottest Food Show Paperback – August 16, 2011
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From the Back Cover
An all-access pass for fans of television’s most challenging food fight . . . and the Food Network stars it has created
For seven delicious seasons, Food Network Star finalists have endured weeks of grueling and complex cooking challenges to compete for the biggest prize in television: their own Food Network show. Each finalist is put to the test to determine his or her culinary competence and on-screen star potential, and the stakes are high. The last finalist standing is launched into food and television celebrity.
Now, for the first time ever, go behind the scenes with the finalists as they compete to win a life-changingspot on Food Network. From the drama of the challenges to the delicious winning recipes, Food Network Star: The Official Insider’s Guide to America’s Hottest Food Show showcases hundreds of photosand stories from the finalists and celebrity judges, including the selection committee:
Giada De Laurentiis
and Food Network personalities:
Plus recipes and stories from Season Seven
You’ve watched them compete to earn their spot in Food Network’s lineup—now you can cook the star’s recipes in your own kitchen.
Dan Smith and Steve McDonagh’s Lobster Potpie
Guy Fieri’s Jackass Rolls
Amy Finley’s Eggs en Cocotte
Aaron McCargo Jr.’s Stuffed Pork Chops
Melissa d’Arabian’s Flexible Four-Step Chicken for Family and Company
Aarti Sequeira’s Ground Lamb Kofta Kebabs with Pomegranate Glaze
About the Author
Ian Jackman is the author of numerous books, including The West Wing: The Official Companion and Eat This!: 1,001 Things to Eat Before You Diet.
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Top Customer Reviews
Having watched the Food Network Star over the last several years, I have seen the show trend from initially being an interesting, exciting, loose and fun program to its current rigid and somewhat arrogant form (complete with name change and network anointed "most watched cable program" accolades). Quite simply, it's not really much different from the majority of the network's other reality programs (Cake Wars, Iron Chef, etc.) and while each season's winner is awarded his or her own network show, only one winner over the last seven years has arguably garnered real fame (Season 2's Guy Fieri). The FOOD NETWORK STAR OFFICIAL INSIDER'S GUIDE tends to characterize the show as being much grander that it actually appears to be.
To the diehard Food Network Star fan, this book is a robust seven-course picture-fest (pun intended) of wannabe cooking celebrities and elaborate recipes with a second helping of face time for the network's iconic stars (Bobby Flay, Giada, Mrs. Deen, Rachel Ray, Alton Brown, etc.). Each chapter in the book represents a season (starting with the first season) and for some odd reason it was deemed necessary to include a chapter on the seventh season which had not finished prior to this book's publishing (you're introduced to the seventh season contestants and basically nothing more).Read more ›
The answer is a resounding yes. This book full of interesting tidbits, interviews, what are eliminated finalists doing now, and winning recipes. It's fun to walk down memory lane and even though I have watched FNS from the first episode I still learned new things about the show and the people involved.
Having sometimes wrinkled a brow and tilted my head questioningly at some of the decisions made by the judges when it comes to elimination (or who to keep!) I'm glad FNS addresses some of those questions and interviews guest judges. We only see what made it on the show, the book shows a lot more about what goes into a decision, what they were thinking with challenges etc.
Like its website, Food Network is generous with the amount of information in this book, the pictures, the interviews, the recaps, the recipes, all make this a great book to own no matter if you've watched from Season One or just caught season 7 this year.
This book will be very interesting for readers on many levels. If you have any ambition for trying to enter this competition, this book will show you just how demanding and difficult the process can be. It will also show you how much fun is involved, how many of the current network stars you will meet, and how the program has evolved over the years. If you are a fan of the program, the book will give you information about what was going on behind the scenes that viewers were not aware of and insight into how the selection committee functions.
I like the way the book is set up. Each season is given an entire section beginning with a picture and short biography provided by each contestant - that helped me keep all the different people separate in my mind. Then each challenge and elimination is presented with quotes from everyone involved, both contestants and Food Network personalities. There are recipes from contestants which were used in challenges. I especially enjoyed this aspect and have found many I want to try and one specific appetizer I'm taking to a party next week. At the end of each season section there is a chronology of the order in which contestants were eliminated and their comments about their experience.Read more ›
The Insider's Guide is a great book for any fan of the show with background on every season through the seventh and some additional information about the current season (although it was published before the most current winner was annouced). I enjoyed reading the insider's view the first couple of season, especially season 2 when the show found its one and only major star in Guy Fieri. I also enjoyed learning more about the seasons I actually watched, including the controversial season 3 change-up when one of the candidates was found to have lied to the network.
Overall, for anyone who's a fan of Food Network Star this is a great inside look that features interesting stories and pretty good recipes.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A very good book for fans of the series and a cook book to boot. I still need to try some of the recipes.Published on November 7, 2013 by Matthew Bovell
I started watching this show just a few years ago, so this book was an excellent way to quickly see the contestants & what happened in the earliest shows. Read morePublished on February 14, 2013 by MDP
This book is a delightful glance into the workings of a major new genre of broadcast entertainment -- the reality cooking shows. Read morePublished on January 7, 2013 by jane
Recipes, interviews and behind the scenes. If you are a fan of the network, or any of its stars, you (or someone on your gift list) will love it. Read morePublished on December 31, 2012 by Ken
Although paperback, this book is stuffed with bright color photos, similar to a cookbook. It takes the reader from Season 1 (Who? Read morePublished on January 20, 2012 by Fly By Light
Full disclosure: Although I have watched quite a bit of Next Food Network Star, I'm not quite a fan of the show, and I was a little skeptical about this book. Read morePublished on January 12, 2012 by Joseph
I was hoping for more of the contestants' reactions to the show or behind-the-scenes moments, but although there are a few Q&A's with judges and former contestants, it doesn't... Read morePublished on December 29, 2011 by Jennifer Donovan
My wife watches The Food Network about like I breathe--ALL THE TIME! And what's not to love about it? Read morePublished on December 5, 2011 by Livin' La Vida Low-Carb Man