From Scratch

From Scratch

Inside the Food Network

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An Entertainment Weekly Best Tell-All of 2013!

"Allen Salkin shows how the sausage really gets made at the Food Network in From Scratch , a behind-the-scenes history liberally spiced with gossip and unsavory tidbits."-- Entertainment Weekly

"A detailed look at the network from start-up phase to the present, with a generous lump of juicy stories about the network's most polarizing figures--Guy Fieri, Bobby Flay, Anthony Bourdain and, of course, Paula Deen y'all--heaped on top."-- The Atlantic Wire

Big personalities, high drama--the extraordinary behind-the-scenes story of the Food Network, now about to celebrate its twentieth anniversary: the business, media, and cultural juggernaut that changed the way America thinks about food.

In October 1993, a tiny start-up called the Food Network debuted to little notice. Twenty years later, it is in 100 million homes, approaches a billion dollars a year in revenue, and features a galaxy of stars whose faces and names are as familiar to us as our own family's.

But what we don't know about them, and the people behind them, could fill a book.

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, but with a chill running down his spi≠ a determined Bobby Flay reinventing himself once again to survive.

Paula Deen, Tom Colicchio, Anthony Bourdain, Mario Batali, Jamie Oliver, Martha Stewart, Guy Fieri, Cat Cora: Salkin illuminates the people we thought we knew, and the ones we never knew about, in this irresistible story of the intersection between business, television, pop culture, food--and us.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons.
Copyright Date: c2013.
ISBN: 9780399159329
Characteristics: xiii, 434 pages, [16] pages of plates :,illustrations (chiefly color), color portraits ;,24 cm.


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What happened to Emeril? Why does Bobby have so many shows? Why does it seem like there are only food competition shows? If you have watched the Food Network for a long time, you will have noticed a shift in program offerings. Before tv chefs would show you how to cook like Emeril Lagasse and Mario Batali. Now the schedule seems filled with cooking competition shows between professionals, amateurs and celebrities. Discover how Food Network has come to be the TV cable channel we see today. Learn not only the history, but the behind-the-scenes decision–making that has shaped culinary television. It took guts, thought, hard work, some failures and big egos for the Food Network to finally become a profitable venture. Even if you’re not a fan, this book by Allen Salkin is a great read. (submitted by CC)

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.

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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