Review: Master Chef Cookbook
The hot-off-the-presses MasterChef Cookbook is striking the first time you look at it. It’s satiny metallic cover embossed with the MasterChef logo is almost intimidating. Looking at it I was left with the impression that it might open up at any moment to reveal a bright red spandex suit that would give me super powers.
The book contains recipes from each of the 14 finalists plus a contributions from hosts Joe Bastianich and Graham Elliot Bowles. Glaringly absent from the book is Chef Gordon Ramsey but honestly if you wanted a cookbook by Gordon he’s already written over a dozen. However, if you saw a recipe on MasterChef that you just really loved then this is the book for you.
Within its 272 pages you’ll find 75 recipes and a 150 photographs making it first rate food porn. Additionally you’ll find an essay by Bastianich entitled “Wine Notes.” The chefs of the MasterChef kitchen have also assembled step by step instructions intended to help you master the basics of cooking called “Master the Basics.” Now that’s branding.
This torrent of culinary data is masterfully brought together by veteran cookbook author and producer JoAnn Cianciulli. Cianciulli (chan-chew-lee) is one of the food industry’s top insiders having worked with most of the country’s best chefs. She has also worked behind the scenes on some of the most popular food shows like Bravo’s Top Chef and numerous Food Network programs.
MasterChef Cookbook is a great companion to the hit series. It brings together a behind-the-scenes look at the contestants and hosts, recipe made famous on the show and ample bonus material. If you are a MasterChef fan then you need to get the MasterChef Cookbook published by Rodale Books and available at amazon.com.