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Bobby Flay's Throwdown!: More Than 100 Recipes from Food Network's Ultimate Cooking Challenge

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Every week on Throwdown!, celebrity chef and restaurateur Bobby Flay goes head-to-head with cooks who have staked their claim as masters of an iconic dish—buffalo wings, chicken cacciatore, or sticky buns, for example—even though he may never have cooked these things before. The results are always entertaining—and delicious. In his first-ever cookbook collab...more
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Published October 12th 2010 by Clarkson Potter (first published January 1st 2010)
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Gail Cooke


Millions of us watch THROWDOWN on the Food Network every week. It’s great fun and we learn a lot when celebrity chef and restauranteur Bobby Flay takes on cooks who claim to make the best ever of a popular dish, such as Coconut Cake, Lasagna or Grilled Cheese sandwiches (wait until you taste Bobby’s made with grilled Brie, Goat Cheese, bacon, and green tomato - called by some a “taste explosion”). As we know, Bobby happily takes on these challenges even though he may never have cooked a specifi...more
Marie
Bobby Flay's Throwdown! is a companion cookbook to Bobby's TV show on Food Network. The book offers a selection of recipes from the show as well as information about the episodes. There's also an episode guide and a introduction written by the author.

This is a great book and a great companion to the TV show. Throwdown! has been around for several seasons, but I just started watching recently. The premise of the show is quite simple. Each week, Flay competes against another cook who has a signat...more
Heather
If you like the show, you'll like this cookbook. I haven't seen a lot of the episodes featured in the book, so it was still interesting to me. I was a little disappointed not to see the Levain episode (though I did like seeing the Flour blurb), but I know that not all of the material could be written about. Sigh.
Steven Peterson
Lots of fun! Many are familiar with Chef Bobby Flay's show, "Throwdown," in which he challenges chefs who have specialties. He tries to "beat them at their own game."

This volume chronicles some of those challenges. I recall actually viewing quite a few of these episodes. Who could forget his macaroni and cheese battle with Delilah (which he won). Here are both his and Delilah's (7 cheese) recipes. One of my personal favorite throwdowns? Buffalo chicken wings! Bobby Flay challenged Chef Drew Cerz...more
Rachel
Ok I did like that the author/chef's goal for this book seemed to be highlighting the food and work of other great chefs across America and not for his own benefit. He seems to be a nice personable guy who seems embarrassed when his food beats the challengers in the Throwdown, even though frankly, most of his combinations are better. Most of the recipes I wanted to try were desserts like the Caramel Apple Cheesecake, or Gingerbread Cupcakes with Caramelized Mango Buttercream, but then there were...more
Rachel
Fun idea for a cookbook. Flay goes across the country looking for cooks who specialize in local favorite foods, and challenges them to see if he can make it better than the local expert. He then includes both his recipe and the local expert's recipe for the same dish. Good variety of recipes. If you know a guy who likes the show, this would be a good gift. It's pretty masculine, as cookbooks go.

Great if you're looking for authentic, regional recipes for local favorite comfort food. NOT so good i...more
Lbaker
At first I was confused watching this series. Once I realized that B. Flay looks embarrassed each time he wins, I realized that he seems to be looking to showcase other peoples specialties and expand his cooking horizons; so now I love the TV series and bought the book.

It's a good read, and there are some recipes I will try, but most are too complex for every day cooking.

I look at this book more to peruse than to cook from. However, it has some great looking recipes!
Michelle Hankes
This is a gorgeous book! The pictures are wonderful, the mass of scintillating recipes is even better and I love how each set of recipes tells the story of the throwdown, as well as the winner. Hint: Bobby does not win them all.

There are so many good recipes in here from macaroni and cheese to cupcakes. Comfort food, out of the ordinary food, delicious food.

Highly recommended.

Rated G.
Juanita
Bobby's recipes use too many ingredients, and alot of them aren't ingredients I have on hand. The competitors recipes are much more straightforward, and make this book worthwhile. I think it'd probably be best to go to a Bobby Flay restaurant and try his food there.
Allison
This was as fun to read as it was to cook from.
Du
Would be 3.5 stars. There are some decent recipes, and some that seem way too difficult to make/engineer. It was a fun book to flip through and read the stories of the competitions though.
Bunny
I don't like overly complicated recipes. All the ones I noted from the book were from the competitors, which says something about my opinion of Bobby Flay.
Sky
It had some great recipes and I loved the background stories! This is definitely a good book to get amazing recipes on tons of things!
ReadingWench
This books recaps some of the best challenges of "Throwdown"". Recipes from both sides are featured as well as a synopsis of the episodes.
Rori
I want him to do another throwdown series
Joann
If you like the show, you'll enjoy the book.
Anna Mari
Jan 15, 2011 Anna Mari marked it as to-read
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Robert William Flay is an American celebrity chef, restaurateur, and television personality. He is the owner and executive chef of five restaurants: Mesa Grill and Bar Americain in New York City; Mesa Grill in Las Vegas; Mesa Grill in Bahamas (Atlantis Paradise Island, Nassau); and Bobby Flay Steak in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

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