Top Chef the Cookbook

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Top Chef presents the official companion cookbook to the No. 1 rated food show on cable television! Featuring 100 fabulous recipes from the first three seasons of the show, including dishes from the Elimination Rounds and the Quick-Fire Challenges, Top Chef: The Cookbook invites fans into the hottest kitchen on prime time. In-depth discussions with contestants, judges, and crew reveal the inner workings of the show, and lavish photographs take readers behind-the-scenes into the Top Chef pantry and the competition...
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Top Chef: The Cookbook: Original Interviews and Recipes from Bravo's Hit Show

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Top Chef presents the official companion cookbook to the No. 1 rated food show on cable television! Featuring 100 fabulous recipes from the first three seasons of the show, including dishes from the Elimination Rounds and the Quick-Fire Challenges, Top Chef: The Cookbook invites fans into the hottest kitchen on prime time. In-depth discussions with contestants, judges, and crew reveal the inner workings of the show, and lavish photographs take readers behind-the-scenes into the Top Chef pantry and the competition sites. Handsomely packaged with a canvas cover inspired by the chef's jacket worn by each of the Top Chef contestants, this cookbook will have aspiring culinary contenders reliving classic show moments and relishing new recipes just in time to obsess over Padma's outfits in Season 4.
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"Top Chef: The Cookbook (Bravo Media) offers plenty for rabid fans of the show: Behind-the-scenes photos, casting notes, episode stats, a fancy food dictionary and interviews with everyone from Anthony Bourdain to Katie Lee Joel. But there are also great recipes you'll recognize from the competitions, of course, ranging from the maybe-I'll-try-that-when-I-have-a-week-off kind of productions to these refined yet simple dishes you can really make at home." New York Daily News, March 2008

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Part fanzine, part cookbook, this volume will appeal to the anyone who tunes into Top Chef each week to see contestants out-cook each other, using vending-machine ingredients to make appetizers or preparing lunch for the cast of a telenovela. Replete with dozens of glamour shots of contestant/contributors and sweetly old-fashioned profiles of the judges (host Padma Lakshmi is "a no-nonsense kind of gal"), this volume feels like a guide to a strange, food-obsessed cult. The author sighs over pretty, eccentric Betty Fraser, "it was always hard to know what to make of Betty," and notes that season two winner Ilan Hall was "good at falling into the kind of cliquish drama you might find in a high school cafeteria." The recipes themselves, taken directly from the show's "quickfire" and elimination challenges, are dauntingly involved, much more suited to cooking competitions than the average home kitchen: they never use one ingredient when three will do, nor do they shy away from expensive options like foie gras, truffles and abalone. Even simple-sounding dishes like Chiles Rellenos are accented with complicated sauces and garnishes. It's hard to imagine anyone consulting this book to whip up dinner, but it's easy to see how a Top Chef obsessive would get much satisfaction out of it, if not necessarily a full stomach.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811864305
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 4/3/2008
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 8.75 (w) x 10.37 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Meet the Author

In addition to his job as lead judge on Top Chef, Tom Colicchio is one of America's most influential chefs. He won the James Beard Award as the best chef in New York when he was at Gramercy Tavern. He is currently the chef/owner of Craft in New York and Craftsteak in Las Vegas. His seminal cookbook Think Like a Chef won the James Beard Cookbook Award.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2008

    I'll never make any of these dishes

    Received this as a gift, as I'm a big fan of the Top Chef series. The book is a good mix of culinary and entertainment, and the recipes are true to the dishes prepared on past seasons. But, as a cook book, I'd rank it lower; the recipes and ingredients are a bit "out there" and probably appeal to only a small segment of epicures. The bio's on the contestants and judges are interesting, as are the nuggets of Top Chef trivia, but it's not the type of volume I'd keep on my cookbook shelf.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2008

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    There are two different reasons to buy this book and I'll review it two ways for both types of people! IF YOU'RE A CHEF: I wasn't sure if I was going to like this book because I'm not a gourmet cook by any stretch. However, I love to cook and this book has a huge variety of recipes--just like the show! I was very pleased to see that nearly every page is in full color and lots of the recipes are pictured in detail. Although parts of the book are arranged by season, the table of contents also lists things by meal 'breakfast, small plates, fish, dessert, vegetarian, etc.'. I found the book easy to navigate with a clearly delineated table of contents and a great index of ingredients. That way, if you have a certain item in mind 'peppers, for example' you can find things from all different seasons. Some of the recipes do seem complex, but the instructions read as 'easy enough' and I think everything is well explained. IF YOU'RE A 'TOP CHEF' FAN: You will DEFINITELY love this book, I say that without hesitation. And what a bargain! Usually 'full color' like this goes for $35 or more 'like the Jamie Oliver books and the Rachael Ray or Giada, three others that I love'. For about $20, this book is great! It's AWESOME if you are a fan... it has pictures of cast members, summary pages of the seasons, and recipes from the 'Quickfire' challenges as well. GREAT eye candy 'admit it, Sam from season three is ALL THAT and Padma is gorgeous'. There are also notable quotes from multiple seasons at the bottom of pages and on the sidebars 'who could forget Dave's famous, 'I'm not your...' quote!'. I'm a huge fan of the show and the book is great... it's about time they came out with a cookbook! I can't wait to see what happens on season four!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2009

    Great--but I Want More!

    For fans of the show, this book is wonderful. It has info about the winners and the top competitors who didn't win, as well as some of the best recipes. I
    I only wish there were more recipes; I saw many dishes I would love to try at home over the course of the (now) five seasons; I hope they update every year.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2009

    Top Chef the Cookbook is a keeper.

    I love this book. It tells all kinds of things about the various chefs from the past. Little tidbits that you would not hear on the air. I haven't tried any of the recipes but just looking at them makes me hungry!! Best of all....Top Chef's new season starts Wednesday, August 19 so the saga continues.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2009

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    Hard to review a book when it was ordered for Christmas but has not been delivered as of yet!

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