The Ungarnished Truth: A Cooking Contest Memoir

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Penguin, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 276 pages
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A woman, a chicken, and a million-dollar adventure in the heartland of America's competitive cooking culture.

When Ellie Mathews entered her recipe for Salsa Couscous Chicken-eight chicken thighs cooked in Old El Paso salsa-in the grandma of all cooking contests, the Pillsbury Bake-Off, she never imagined she'd win the grand prize. Immediately after Alex Trebek announced that her dish had won a million dollars, this amateur cook was thrown into the limelight. She soon found herself booked on Oprah-and even photographed for the New York Times in a vest made of ostrich feathers-as the reigning queen of chickendom, the Pillsbury "It Girl" of the moment.

With a dash of self-deprecating humor and a pinch of biting social commentary, Ellie Mathews takes readers with her on her roller coaster ride to the top of the food chain as the Pillsbury prizewinner. As a cooking contest insider, she goes behind the counter and beyond the aprons and oven mitts to reveal a fascinating slice of Americana.
  

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User Review  - candlemark - LibraryThing

While this was a breezy, fast read and a fairly good memoir, I couldn't shake the feeling that the author had a desperate need to be seen as "salt of the earth," and that this book was written, in ... Read full review

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User Review  - Francoise - Goodreads

A woman, A chicken Dinner, A Million Dollars. The writer shows us the exotic culture of cooking contests after she won a million dollars in the Pillsbury BakeOff for dumping salsa (the qualifying ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
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Section 2
19
Section 3
30
Section 4
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Section 5
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Section 6
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Section 7
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Section 8
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Section 17
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Section 18
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Section 19
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Section 20
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Section 21
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Section 22
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Section 23
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Section 24
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Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
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Section 16
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Section 25
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Section 26
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Section 27
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Section 28
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Section 29
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Section 30
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Section 31
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About the author (2008)

Ellie Mathews has been entertaining-and winning-cooking competitions off and on for fifteen years. She is also a short-story writer and the author of a prize-winning novel for young readers, The Linden Tree, and a nonfiction book based on her grandfather's 1913 journey to Antarctica, Ambassador to the Penguins.

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