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MasterChef Cookbook Paperback – Bargain Price, August 31, 2010

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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books (August 31, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605291234
  • ASIN: B00509CR8E
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #997,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By wogan TOP 500 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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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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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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By Lilpup 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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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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Unless you live downtown, close to specialty shops and foreign markets you can't find all ingredients at the local grocery stores. I am a huge fan of the show but it is a little complicated to follow the recipes to a T.
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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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This cookbook is definitely not 'The Joy of Cooking'...and that is exactly why it is just what I needed. There are plenty of tips to help you master those little kitchen tricks that make people talk about how great your cooking is (as opposed to just coming over and enjoying it). Being able to cook recipes from the show, knowing what the judges have already said about them is definitely a nice feature of this book as well.
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