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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books (August 31, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605291234
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605291239
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 7.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #251,926 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Cook, culinary producer, and author JoAnn Cianciulli is a supervising producer of MasterChef. Her past television credits also include Food Network’s Next Iron Chef and Bravo’s Top Chef L.A. With more than 10 years of experience, JoAnn is known as one of the food industry’s top insiders and has collaborated on projects with such noted chefs as Michael Mina and Tyler Florence. She is the author of nearly a dozen cookbooks, including the acclaimed L.A.’s Original Farmers Market Cookbook. A transplanted New Yorker, JoAnn lives in Los Angeles.

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JOANN CIANCIULLI
Cookbook Author & Culinary Producer
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Cook, culinary producer, and author, JoAnn Cianciulli (chan-chew-lee) has become known as one of the culinary industry's top insiders. A pioneer in her field, Cianciulli's experience ranges from co-creating and producing groundbreaking Food Network shows such as Food 911 with Tyler Florence, co-authoring cookbooks with world-renowned chefs like Michael Mina, serving as an industry expert on television shows including Bravo's Top Chef Masters and most recently, as author of L.A.'s Original Farmers Market Cookbook and the Master Chef Cookbook.

A witty, whirling-dervish hailing from New York, Cianciulli grew up in an Italian-American restaurant family where she began her appreciation for food when her father Dominic took over acclaimed chef/restaurateur Lidia Bastianich's first restaurant, Buonavia, in Queens. Translated, the restaurant name means, "the good way," which has become Cianciulli's mantra ever since.

Cianciulli earned her stripes in the world of culinary media in the same fashion that great chefs achieve theirs: from the ground up. After studying at NYU's prestigious Tisch School of the Arts for her BFA in Film and Television, Cianciulli relocated to Los Angeles to work in feature film production. It was long before she created her niche of the delicious combination of cooking and entertainment.

With over 10 years of experience in producing food television, Cianciulli fed America's growing appetite for celebrity chefs and combined her culinary expertise with television production experience to create a new generation of cooking shows. Cianciulli was instrumental in creating the food television phenomenon as it exists today via her role as producer for innovative Food Network programming such as the wildly popular series Food 911 with Tyler Florence, Tyler's Ultimate, Simply Delicioso with Ingrid Hoffmann and Next Iron Chef.

In addition to over 1,000 episodes filmed with the now-iconic network, Cianciulli has completed production of MasterChef with Gordon Ramsay debuting on FOX Tuesday July 27th, which she complemented by writing the cookbook to launch with the series. She has also produced shows such as Bravo's hit series Top Chef Los Angeles, the NBC primetime special Celebrity Cooking Showdown, Shopping with Chefs on Fine Living and the celebrated chef-competition series Cooking Under Fire on PBS, which Cianciulli complemented by writing and editing the companion cookbook to launch with the show. Taking her telegenic personality and to-the-point culinary expertise to the next level, Cianciulli has also appeared on-camera as a food authority and personal chef on TLC's For Better or for Worse and was an invited guest panelist on Bravo's newest series, Top Chef Masters.

It is her reputation and connections made during her tenure with such successful television productions that led to high profile cookbook collaborations including Tyler Florence's Real Kitchen, Aaron Sanchez's Latino cookbook, La Comida del Barrio, the Lever House Cookbook with chef Dan Silverman and the acclaimed debut book for James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Mina. She is currently co-authoring Michael's Genuine Food & Drink with Miami star chef Michael Schwartz.

Cianciulli's fusion of writing, recipe structure, vast culinary knowledge and an intimate understanding of the creative complexity of chefs has uniquely positioned her as a pioneer who has created a new genre of food personality for the 21st century. An accomplished gourmet in her own right, Cianciulli's greatest gift is her innate ability to translate the intricate passion of a chef to an accessible and appealing concept for the home viewer or reader.

Although a die hard New Yorker, Cianciulli has lived in Los Angeles for over a decade because juicy tomatoes are available year round.

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Informative, helpful tips and great original and easy to read and follow recipes.
Anna Szudrowicz
What I love most about this cookbook is that the recipes in the book are the same dishes they made on the show.
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The book features simple and easy recipes from the contestants and judges of the TV show Master Chef.
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70 of 72 people found the following review helpful By wogan TOP 100 REVIEWER on September 17, 2010
Format: Paperback
This is a good solid paperback cookbook that tells about the MasterChef competition. There are recipes in here of both the contestants and some of the chef/judges.
There is a section about needed equipment basics and stocking the pantry. There is help in how to choose wine with different meals and food.
This is not a basic cookbook, but not all that difficult, even a determined beginning cook could complete these recipes; like egg in purgatory. My 10 year old wanna be - master chef- grandson even made the stuffed buttermilk pancakes on an aebleskiver pan (with a little help).
There are tales from the show, like when Gordon Ramsey had the contestants chop onions for 90 minutes. Directions and pictures are given for many techniques, such as cubing a mango or blanching. Each recipe has the ideas behind it from the individual. Included are very good directions; if a recipe says to roast peppers, they tell you how to do it.
Recipes (most have pictures)included are: breakfast, soups, salads and starters, pasta, poultry, seafood, meat, dessert and basics such as chicken broth, cooking rice and mayonnaise.

It is a deceptive cookbook, in that many might think it has very complicated recipes, but even that cook starting out or a more experienced cookbook collector would find this book useful.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Laura Madsen on October 5, 2010
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Finally the tricks of the trade are spilled in this cookbook so you don't have to guess about how those gourmet dishes were made on the Master Chef show. What I love is that it even breaks down basic tasks like how to cut onions (which they featured in an episode), so you can learn the RIGHT way to do it at home!
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23 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Beverly on September 27, 2010
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If you enjoyed the Master Chef show, you must have this book. Quite a few of the contestants have recipes in the book and nearly all of the winning challenge recipes are there. It also has various tip and technique sections that I have thoroughly enjoyed. While it is a mute point now, I actually received the book 2 weeks PRIOR to the Master Chef finale, so I kind of knew who had already won the various challenges, although not the ultimate winner. Would highly recommend. I've cooked several of the recipes and they were all great. I even made my first successful Apple Pie. One of my favorite cookbooks!! (and I have hundreds)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Grizzard on July 12, 2012
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I purchased this cookbook for my husband for Christmas about two years ago because he is a huge fan of the show. Since that time, we have cooked most of the recipes in the book several times. I get more compliments of the meals from this book than anything else I cook. The recipes and pictures are great...but in my opinion, the reason to get this book is because the food is just soo good. Also, it is a great reference tool, too. It has instructions on cooking basics and techniques (like segmenting citrus, for example).
This is the first review I have ever written. And I just feel compelled to because this book is just that good.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amaranth on November 30, 2010
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"Master Chef Cookbook" is a fun tie-in with the FOX show that had Gordon Ramsay (Gordon Ramsay's World Kitchen: Recipes from The F-Word,Gordon Ramsay Makes It Easy), Graham Elliott and Joe Bastianich (yes, he's the son of Lidia Lidia Cooks from the Heart of Italy: A Feast of 175 Regional Recipes) as its judges. Amateur home cooks came from around the US bringing family recipes. A few of the competitors have their recipes in here- from the Southern Pastry Princess, there's a recipe for no-bake cheesecake, from the Bostonian competitor, a New England clam chowder. There's curry, a rich macaroni and cheese with havarti, a newfangled version of Eggs Benedict, and Eggs in Purgatory.

The cookbook also contains basic tips on chopping onions and cooking eggs, reflecting the show. It's a well-laid out book, with colorful pictures and user-friendly recipes.

"Master Chef" is the more laidback equivalent to the sophisticated How to Cook Like a Top Chef. "Master Chef" will have you mastering the kitchen!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Susan M. Picciano on October 19, 2010
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This cookbook is great!!! The recipes are really great and even the most novice of cooks can make these recipes! I made my first souffle and it came out perfectly! I amazed myself and my family!

Some of the ethnic recipes require some spices that you can find in your regular grocery store, if not, then they will be available in the upper scale ones. I had no problems finding any of the ingredients for anything I've made so far, and I've made quite a few since I've had the book! My family gets excited when they see I have the book out and am making something from it. Next up is the chocolate hazelnut pistachio cupcakes! After that I'm making Whitney's winning dessert. Gotta go, oh, and definitely get the book!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ELH on October 6, 2011
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I own many cookbooks but I found this is probabaly one of the best I have purchased. The book features simple and easy recipes from the contestants and judges of the TV show Master Chef. It is packed with illustrations and tidbits of information on various dishes as well as basic culinary hints such as peeling citrus, handling seafood, carving a turkey etc. It thoroughly covers necessary kitchen utensils, as well as spices and basic condiments. The nicest part is the book contains many recipes that the average person would love to eat and could actually create. This would be an excellent wedding gift or for someone moving into their first home. Well written and easy to understand I highly reccomend this cookbook to all cooks no matter what level their culinary skills might be.
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