The Ungarnished Truth: A Cooking Contest Memoir
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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Stembie3 - LibraryThing
At first, Ellie Mathews made me want to enter a cooking contest, making me think it was easy enough to win, with her self-deprecating humor. Then, close to the end of the book she mentions what a ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser 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