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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Cookbooks (August 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062084771
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062084774
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,248,218 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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:

Susie Fogelson
Giada De Laurentiis
Bob Tuschman

and Food Network personalities:

Alton Brown
Cat Cora
Paula Deen
Duff Goldman
Robert Irvine
Rachael Ray
Michael Symon
Ina Garten
Tyler Florence
The Neelys

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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I'd have liked reading the book even if I hadn't seen the show.
C. G. King
There was a lot of information about the contestants and the competitions, great recipes, colorful photos, etc.
ConnieP
This book is a great supplement for fans of The Next Food Network Star.
L. F. Smith

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Becky in NOLA TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 25, 2011
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Food Network has always been very generous with posting recipes featured on their shows. FNS has its own section with behind the scenes sections, interviews with eliminated finalists, blogs featuring Susie and Bob. With all that free access you might wonder if it's worth buying FNS: the official insider's guide, especially, if, like me, you've been watching it since the beginning.

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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By DACHokie VINE VOICE on September 8, 2011
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The Food Network has come from catering to a niche to becoming as mainstream and iconic as ESPN or HBO. While the network has capitalized on competitive cooking shows, The Food Network Star has become the culinary equivalent of American Idol. The FOOD NETWORK STAR OFFICIAL INSIDER'S GUIDE can be interpreted as either a must-have for the diehard fan or, for most, a watered-down cookbook light on recipes and heavy on network aggrandizement.

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).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Lesley TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 2, 2011
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When I noticed this book I was in the process of watching season seven of The Next Food Network Star so I wondered exactly how much "insider's" information would actually be revealed in a book like this. Turns out, really quite a bit. I had never watched the entire season of the show before the seventh, but I thought I had tuned in for some of the programs for all the previous six. As it happens, I was wrong because I had missed season three completely.

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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reader VINE VOICE on August 25, 2011
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I've been watching Food Network Star (or The Next Food Network Star as it used to be called) since season 3. While the show has tried to turn itself into a poor man's Top Chef in last couple of years it's still a lot of fun to watch and once in awhile manages to find a true "star."

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.
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