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The Ungarnished Truth: A Cooking Contest Memoir
     

The Ungarnished Truth: A Cooking Contest Memoir

by Ellie Mathews
 

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A woman, a chicken dinner, a million dollars-and a romp through the heartland of America's competitive cooking culture.

When Ellie Mathews entered her Salsa Couscous Chicken in the venerable Pillsbury Bake-Off, she never imagined she'd win the grand prize. Immediately after Alex Trebek announced that her dish had won a million dollars, she was thrown into

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A woman, a chicken dinner, a million dollars-and a romp through the heartland of America's competitive cooking culture.

When Ellie Mathews entered her Salsa Couscous Chicken in the venerable Pillsbury Bake-Off, she never imagined she'd win the grand prize. Immediately after Alex Trebek announced that her dish had won a million dollars, she was thrown into the limelight. Booked with Oprah and Rosie-even photographed for the New York Times in a vest made of ostrich feathers-she instantly became the reigning queen of chickendom, the Pillsbury "It Girl" of the moment.

With a dash of self-deprecating humor and a pinch of biting social commentary, Ellie takes readers on her roller coaster ride to the top of the food chain as the Pillsbury prizewinner. As a cooking contest insider, she goes behind the counter and beyond the aprons and oven mitts to reveal a fascinating slice of Americana.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A page-turner."
-Seattle Post- Intelligencer

"Enthusiastic and sharp."
-Kirkus Reviews

"With graceful writing, Mathews takes us behind the scenes at the Bake-Off."
-Minneapolis Star Tribune

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425225783
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/03/2009
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher
"A page-turner."
-Seattle Post- Intelligencer

"Enthusiastic and sharp."
-Kirkus Reviews

"With graceful writing, Mathews takes us behind the scenes at the Bake-Off."
-Minneapolis Star Tribune

Meet the Author

Ellie Mathews has been entertaining-and winning-cooking competitions off and on for fifteen years. She is also a short-story writer and the author of a prize-winning novel for young readers, The Linden Tree, and a nonfiction book based on her grandfather's 1913 journey to Antarctica, Ambassador to the Penguins.

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