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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; 1 Mti edition (July 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811874869
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811874861
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 8.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #459,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Antonis Achilleos is a New York-based photographer.

Emily Miller contributed to Top Chef: The Quickfire Cookbook.

Chef Rick Bayless, winner of Top Chef: Masters, is world-renowned for his Mexican cuisine.

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I have all three Top Chef cookbooks, and this is my current favorite.
Kurt Conner
Then it has the library barcode sticker on the front scratched out and if you take the sticker off you know it's going to rip the book cover... Sucks!
A. Jackson
How to Cook Like a Top Chef offers a technique primer highly recommended for any general or specialty culinary library.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Kurt Conner VINE VOICE on September 12, 2010
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I have all three Top Chef cookbooks, and this is my current favorite. I love that it is full of actual recipes from six seasons of Top Chef (plus a season of Top Chef Masters), and while there are a few cheesy fan pages in here (interviews with randomly selected cheftestants, a look at the tattoos of season 6, some random candid shots of players and judges), they are generally well-assembled and not too much of a distraction. There are some inaccuracies in the book (I'm thinking of the bio for Rick Moonen, which has a large picture of Graham Elliot Bowles), but the info about the show is mostly correct (when a particular recipe has "Winner" in the top corner, you can be pretty comfortable in trusting that it actually won its competition, which is not always the case in these books). What sets this book above its predecessors, though, is its devotion to technique. There are text boxes in the margins of nearly every page to explain terms like blanching and agar-agar, so even the least experienced home cook should feel confident enough to try these adventurous and beautiful recipes. I haven't owned the book long enough to make anything myself yet, but I know I can find something delicious for my next dinner party. I highly recommend this for home cooks, even those who aren't fans of the show (yet).
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By S. M. Townsend on May 25, 2011
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I was looking for a book that offered instruction and cooking technique that could help take my cooking to the next level. What I got was just another cook book with chef bios and more recipes for dishes I would not likely be interested in making. There are some good instructional books on the market like James Peterson's "Sauces" that offer great insights on cooking technique. This one fell considerably short of my expectations.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By latekate on January 11, 2011
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For any Top Chef diehards and anyone just interested in cooking today this is a great book. The recipes are diverse both in ingredients and difficulty. The bios and stories from the judges and contestants are a delight to read for anyone that has followed the show over the years. Many of the tips are worth taking the time to read even if you have been a foodie for life... Lots of photos to inspire and explain. Worth adding to the cookbook shelf.
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By S. Saunders on January 9, 2014
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Ordered this for my grandson because he is showing interest in this area. This book has a lot of basic prep tips and explains many topics. It also has a lot of great recipes from the Top Chef cooking show.
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Format: Kindle Edition
The book is so good in so many ways, but the formatting is almost as bad as the original Top Chef Cookbook. I've put it on the Kindle HD, the iPad, an Android Phone, and my iPhone. It's just impossible to tell what a picture is, or what it goes with. Sometimes the captions are all on a page, with several pictures before, and some after. Sometimes a picture for a recipe is before the recipe, sometimes after. I could go on and on.

All I can really say is that there's a lot of good information & fun in this book, but the Kindle edition is the pits. When no e-book was over $9.99, that was one thing. But publishers have pointed out that putting out a Kindle edition takes a lot of extra work, etc., so they charge prices almost equal to the hard cover prices.....but they obviously aren't putting in the necessary work to make the e-books worth it!
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By B. Bozant on April 8, 2013
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Love the series and the recipies are not as stressful if you are not cooking under pressure lol!

Easy to follow and if you are a fan of Top Chef A MUST HAVE
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By Meagan Fair on January 20, 2013
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I'm such a huge fan that I'm just loving the cookbook! I've been able to learn more about flavors instead of using butter with salt & pepper. I've been serving my 13 month old cooked carrots with a sprinkle of cinnamon on them & he loves them!
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14 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Ellington VINE VOICE on July 8, 2010
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I pre-ordered this book all the way back in April and have been anxiously anticipating its arrival ever since. How stoked was I to receive an email stating that the release date was moved up and so I was going to get it earlier than expected! On Saturday my mailbox was stuffed with a nice `tasty' surprise, and so I spent the better part of this weekend holed up in my bedroom dreamily reading through this wonderful book.

Thank you culinary gods!

As with the two spectacular cookbooks that preceded it, `How to Cook Like a Top Chef' is so much more than just a cookbook. The book is littered with interviews and bios and `tasty' tidbits on the cheftestants and the judges. This book, thankfully, covers the first six seasons of the show (not to mention `Top Chef Masters'), and so I was handed another `tasty' treat; Kevin Gillespie.

Forget Michael Chiarello or Bobby Flay (well, don't FORGET them) but Kevin Gillespie is my culinary crush. I mean, the man is endlessly talented (as proven by his ridiculous amount of wins on the show) and is supremely humble (as proven by his demeanor throughout the entire season). There are few celebrities that can illicit real admiration out of me, and I'm not sure if it's even fair to consider Kevin a celebrity, but he gets my vote. I mean, the man is just inspiring. In all of my culinary dreams and endeavors, I will forever look to Gillespie as someone to aspire to be like. Not only is he talented, but he apparently has not allowed himself to become overtaken by his own skill.

He should have won!

Anyways, now that I've derailed this review with unnecessary personal jargon, back to the book.
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