Allen Salkin wrote the book on cable juggernaut The Food Network--literally. His industry tell-all, From Scratch: Inside The Food Network, does pretty much what its title implies: peeks under the lid at the simmering stew of outsized personalities and high-stakes executive politics that turned chefs like Emeril Lagasse, Paula Deen and Guy Fieri into household names.
Besides being "liberally spiced with gossip and unsavory tidbits," as Entertainment Weekly put it, From Scratch also charts the rise of The Food Network from humble--even ridiculed--beginnings to a broadcasting empire that has shaped how Americans view not just cooking and eating, but altered their lifestyles.
Salkin, a former New York Times reporter and food writer for outlets including Edible, Food Republic and Slashfood, will be in Boise stirring the pot at a lecture and book signing at Hyde Park Books, Monday, Dec. 2.
Whether you're a Food Network fanatic or just a fan of insider corporate exposes, there's something in From Scratch to satisfy your appetite.