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5.0 out of 5 stars Many, but not all, of the great Throwdown recipes, October 13, 2010
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This review is from: Bobby Flay's Throwdown!: More Than 100 Recipes from Food Network's Ultimate Cooking Challenge (Hardcover)
I have to preface this review by saying that I love Throwdown, so I don't think I can write an unbiased review. The book has recipes from 51 throwdowns with both Bobby and the competitor's recipes. The recipes come pretty evenly from the first seven seasons. Each section has pictures from and a recap of the Throwdown episode. Also, there are tons of pictures in this book, and every recipe is pictured. The Throwdowns in the book are

Barbecue
Chowder
Red Chili
Steak
Breakfast
Cocktails
Cheesesteak
Fried Chicken
Chicken Cacciatore
Meatloaf
Mac 'n' Cheese
Fish and Chips
Cheesecake
Cuban Roast Pork
Cupcakes
Buffalo Wings
Sticky Buns
Crepes
Puffy Tacos
Jerk Steak
Fruit Pie
Muffuletta
Meatballs
Lasagna
Ice Pops
Eggplant Parmesan
Chicken and Waffles
Arroz con Pollo
Grilled Cheese
Dumplings
Pulled Pork
Arepas
Coconut Cake
Seafood Gumbo
Paella
Chile Rellenos
Falafel
Chocolate Bread Pudding
Cioppino
Ravioli
Chicken Pot Pie
Matzoh Ball Soup
Shrimp and Grits
North Carolina Ribs and Beans
German Chocolate Cake
Country Captain Chicken
Green Chile Cheeseburger
Steak Fajitas
Barbecued Chicken and Potato Salad
Lobster Club Sandwich
Pumpkin Pie

I would have loved for this book to have every single Throwdown recipe (I especially miss the blueberry pancake, pineapple upside down cake, doughnut, and chicken tikka masala recipes), but I can't hold that against this book since they had to get the competitors to agree to publish their secret recipes. All-in-all, it's a fun cookbook, espcially if you love a good Throwdown.
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Initial post: Oct 15, 2010 4:14:20 AM PDT
Suzy Shedd says:
I love this show, and the first thing I wanted to know when FN started advertising the book was, "Will it have the Chicken Tikka recipes?" And even thought I'm not likely to make a pineapple upside-down cake, I LOVED those sisters -- too bad to leave them out.

However, it still looks like a lot of fun!

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 15, 2010 8:44:22 AM PDT
April Dancer says:
Why don't you writeo to the woman who made the Chicken Tikka dish and ask for the recipe? She may be willing to share it with an individual. In the 1970s, I wrote to a well-known restaurant in Los Angeles and asked for their carrot cake recipe. I was in England at the time, so my letter had a British postmark, but they happily shared the recipe with me.

Posted on Oct 15, 2010 10:39:31 AM PDT
k8inut says:
That was also the first question my mom asked when I got this book. That was the one recipe she really, really wanted, too.

I never would have thought to do that! It wouldn't hurt to try writing her. Since it seems she was so popular, maybe she'll decide to put her own cookbook out if she doesn't want to just share it.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 15, 2010 10:51:03 AM PDT
April Dancer says:
If I remember correctly, she lost the throwdown. I was shocked. Everyone wants her recipe. I think Indian food is going to be the next big cuisine in this country, and Aarti Sequeira is perfectly positioned to start showing people how to cook traditional Indian dishes in her upcoming season.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 16, 2010 7:22:32 PM PDT
The recipe for the chicken tikka masala is on the chef's website, enjoy!

http://saffronathudson.com/throwdown.html

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 16, 2010 7:49:15 PM PDT
April Dancer says:
Thank you, James!

Posted on Oct 17, 2010 2:02:05 PM PDT
k8inut says:
Thank you for that link! You made my day! =)

Posted on Oct 18, 2010 4:01:24 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 18, 2010 4:02:40 AM PDT
The sisters have published a cookbook and I believe it has the pineapple upside down cake in it.

Thanks also for the chicken tikki masala link. I'm so happy to have it!

Posted on Oct 25, 2010 10:47:45 AM PDT
AH says:
The Pineapple Upside Down cake is in the Brass Sister's cookbook "Heirloom Baking," and the Blueberry Pancake with Maple Butter is in the brand new "Clinton Street Bakery Baking Book." (Hint: the secret is whipped egg whites folded into the pancake batter to add lightness). Finally, James posted the link to the Tikka recipe below.
All of Bobby's Throwdowns look good, but I agree that these 3 'missing recipes' look terrific! The Planet Doughnut owner did not seem pleased with his 'ambush,' so no surprise he chose not to contribute his recipe, which is too bad. Maybe he'll have a book soon, too.
Happy cooking!

Posted on Oct 30, 2010 2:54:16 PM PDT
Raindance says:
Dear k8iunt. This is one of the most helpful reviews I have ever seen. Although you say you are biased, your review gave enough information to help me determine if I wanted to purchase the book (Because of your detailed list of recipes, I do) I can' thank you enough. Your review got me off the fence of whether I needed another recipe book. Thanks a whole bunch! Raindance.
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