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Apr 6, 2008 11:30 AM

Top Chef Coffee Table Book

I just saw this today at my local Krogers of all places. Sitting there along with the usual RR, Sandra Lee, Ina Garten, and Paula Deen offerings.

I was big, colorful, lots of food porn, some interviews with contestants from all three previous seasons as well a recipes from the contestants. I guess the longer you stay, the more recipes you get in the book. Big section on Tom, lesser ones on Padma and Gail as well as even shorter blurbs on Ted Allen and Katie Lee Joel.

They also had special blurbs on guess judges, they had a sepcial insult-o-meter on Tony Bourdains blurb, chronicling his insults.

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  1. is this different from the top chef cookbook that was released last month?

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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

      I think they are one and the same. I just saw it.

    2. Ewww!
      Is it just me or would that be wildly embarrassing to own?
      I watch the show with trashy enjoyment, but would hate a book.

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      1. re: pitu

        Well, I bought it and I'm not embarrassed to say I own it. I also got it as a gift for a friend who also likes the show.

        While yes, it does have interviews with the cheftestants and judges, it also has over 100 recipes from the first 3 seasons. The recipes they chose to put in the book are pretty accessible to home cooks, for the most part. Will I make Hamachi Poke with Pineapple Poi and Taro Chips (TC2 Marcel) or Poached Black Chicken and Raw Geoduck (TC3 Hung)? I doubt it. But will I try Steamed Red Snapper with Roasted Butternut Squash Puree (TC1 Harold), Veal Medallions with Cremini & Apple Brandy (TC3 Casey) or Curried Lamb Kabobs (also Marcel)? Absolutely.

        1. re: LindaWhit

          So Linda, when do you want me there for dinner?

          1. re: Phaedrus

            LOL! Tell you what? The friend I got the cookbook for is a way better cook than I (he has done a bit professionally), so I'm his sous chef (or, as he terms it, his "kitchen bitch." LOL!) whenever "the gang" gets together and I help with the prep work. I'll send out the Evite next time we all get together. :-D

          2. re: LindaWhit

            I just got this as a gift and as I have only watched seasons 3 and 4 (no cable before that), I am enjoying reading about the first 2 seasons without having to watch the reruns with all the drama. I made Casey's Coq au Vin last night and it was terrific. I won't be making the Hamachi or Geoduck either but I will be trying many of the recipes over the next few weeks.

          3. re: pitu

            Soon to be in wallgreens and the dollar store right next to the Hells Kitchen book of classics. LMAO

          4. great.... this will be at the top of my Christmas list, along with a set of RR's pans..

            I can't wait for Christmas morning.. !