Cookoff: Recipe Fever in America

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Penguin Books, May 1, 2004 - Cooking - 333 pages
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Baking and barbecuing for big bucks--a guided tour of America's competitive cooking circuit and its cast of colorful characters. Competitive cooking isn't limited to The Iron Chef. All over America, amateur chefs cross spatulas at more than a thousand competitions covering numerous states and a pantry full of ingredients. Following a small group of contestants for a year on the contest circuit, journalist Amy Sutherland introduces us to well-known cookoff luminaries as well as some of the most bizarre cooks and recipes at local and national contests across the country--from the Great Garlic Cook-Off to the National Chicken and National Beef Cookoffs, from the World Champion Jambalaya Cooking Contest to the Pillsbury Bake-Off, the Holy Grail of competitive cooking. When the fanatics gather--be they chiliheads or barbecue fiends--and hunker down at the hot plate, it can be a recipe for delight or disaster as attitudes get spicy and tempers flare. Bursting with humor, Cookoff is an entertaining and in-depth look at a quirky, cutthroat, and (sometimes) delicious world.

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Hidden behind the names of recipe contest winners on the covers of checkout-line magazines is an entire subculture of food competition. Flooding cookoffs and recipe contests with their entries ... Read full review

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Amy Sutherland is the author of "Kicked, Bitten, and Scratched" and "Cookoff." Her articles have appeared in "The New York Times, Los Angeles Times," and T"he Boston Globe." She has a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University. Her feature piece "What Shamu Taught Me About a Happy Marriage," on which this book is based, was the most viewed and most e-mailed article of "The New York Times "online in 2006. Sutherland divides her time between Boston and Portland, Maine.

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