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From Scratch

Inside the Food Network

Book - 2013
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Based upon extensive inside access, documents, and interviews with hundreds of executives, stars, and employees all up and down the ladder, Allen Salkin's book is an exhilarating roller-coaster ride from chaos to conquest (and sometimes back). As Salkin takes us inside the conference rooms, studios, homes, restaurants, and after-hours meetings, we see a salty Julia Child lording it over the early network performers, a fragile Emeril Lagasse staggering from the sudden public shock of cancellation, a very green Rachael Ray nearly burning down the set on her first day, a torn Tyler Florence accepting the Applebee's job he knows he can't refuse, and a determined Bobby Flay reinventing himself once again to survive.
Publisher: New York :, G.P. Putnam's Sons,, 2013.
ISBN: 9780399159329
Characteristics: xiii, 434 pages, 16 unnumnered pages of plates :,illustrations (chiefly coloured), coloured portraits ;,24 cm.

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GlenAbbeyWarrior
Jun 13, 2016

From its obscure beginnings in 1993 to becoming a billion dollar cable channel, The Food Network has minted a plethora of little-known chefs into household names, from Emeril Lagasse and Tyler Florence to Rachael Ray and Gianna de Laurittis. Documenting this meteoric rise, author Allen Salkin excels at highlighting twenty years of ups and downs as this network truly changed the way we view food. A behind-the-scenes look at how the network operated, from gritty contract negotiations to how they selected their next "celebrity chef." All the juicy details about your favorite personality is jam packed into this book, making it a real page-turner that sheds a lot of light on this influential channel.

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t_strang
Jun 08, 2015

Interesting and well written. Note that this is about *Food Network* and the business of building a television network devoted to food. You won't find a ton of gossip related to your favorite Food Network stars; nor will you find cooking tips or anything of that nature. But, if you're interested in pop culture, and want behind-the-scenes info about this channel, you're in business.

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