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Inside the Food Network

Book - 2013
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"The autobiography the Food Network would write if it could write one--a candid, behind-the-scenes look at how one network launched one of the biggest cultural waves of the last 20 years"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2013]
ISBN: 9780399159329
0399159320
Characteristics: xiii, 434 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm

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What happened to Emeril? Why does Bobby have so many shows? Why does it seem like there are only food competition shows? If you have watched the Food Network for a long time, you will have noticed a shift in program offerings. Before tv chefs would show you how to cook like Emeril Lagasse and Mario Batali. Now the schedule seems filled with cooking competition shows between professionals, amateurs and celebrities. Discover how Food Network has come to be the TV cable channel we see today. Learn not only the history, but the behind-the-scenes decision–making that has shaped culinary television. It took guts, thought, hard work, some failures and big egos for the Food Network to finally become a profitable venture. Even if you’re not a fan, this book by Allen Salkin is a great read. (submitted by CC)

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GlenAbbeyWarrior
Jun 13, 2016

From its obscure beginnings in 1993 to becoming a billion dollar cable channel, The Food Network has minted a plethora of little-known chefs into household names, from Emeril Lagasse and Tyler Florence to Rachael Ray and Gianna de Laurittis. Documenting this meteoric rise, author Allen Salkin excels at highlighting twenty years of ups and downs as this network truly changed the way we view food. A behind-the-scenes look at how the network operated, from gritty contract negotiations to how they selected their next "celebrity chef." All the juicy details about your favorite personality is jam packed into this book, making it a real page-turner that sheds a lot of light on this influential channel.

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t_strang
Jun 08, 2015

Interesting and well written. Note that this is about *Food Network* and the business of building a television network devoted to food. You won't find a ton of gossip related to your favorite Food Network stars; nor will you find cooking tips or anything of that nature. But, if you're interested in pop culture, and want behind-the-scenes info about this channel, you're in business.

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