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Bobby Flay's Throwdown! More Than 100 Recipes from Food Network's Ultimate Cooking Challenge
(Clarkson Potter) ISBN 978-0307719164 0307719162

This Food Network cookbook contains 102 cook-off recipes from Bobby Flay's Throwdown! Ultimate Cooking Challenge TV show. In each cooking competition, celebrity chef Bobby Flay challenges cooks who specialize in American regional cuisine, ranging from pulled pork sandwiches to sticky buns.

Cooking competition

Organized by type of American regional cuisine in Food Network episodes of Throwdown!, each chapter describes a cooking competition. For example, in the chapter on sticky buns, Bobby Flay competes in a sticky bun cooking competition with Joanne Chang, owner of Flour Bakery in Boston.

Judges taste-test Bobby Flay's sticky buns with orange honey brown sugar glaze and toasted almonds and Joanne Chang's sticky sticky buns. The chapter includes the reasons judges selected the winner (Joanne Chang's pecan sticky buns), both recipes, and her biography.

A sidebar includes contact information for the competing chef in each chapter of Bobby Flay's Throwdown! e.g., Joanne Chang's phone number and the website for Flour Bakery.

Quotes from cooks describe their reactions to competing with Bobby Flay in the Throwdown! Food Network show.

Color photos depict dishes made from Bobby Flay's recipes, as well as the signature recipes of the American regional cooks. Other photos show Bobby Flay and each chef during the Food Network Throwdown! cooking competition.

Restaurant signature dishes

Bobby Flay's Throwdown! helps you re-create cooking competition recipes for American regional cuisine. The 272-page Bobby Flay cookbook contains restaurant signature recipes, including Mike's Deli eggplant Parmigiana from David Greco, in Bronx NY, and San Antonio puffy tacos from Diana Barrios Trevino.

Sample cook-off recipes

Bobby Flay's grilled rib eye with molasses mustard glaze. Tony Luke's traditional Philly-style cheesesteak. Bobby Flay's toasted coconut cake with coconut filling and coconut buttercream. Jasper Alexander's Hattie's southern fried chicken. Delilah Winder's seven-cheese mac and cheese. Bobby Flay's caramel apple cheesecake. Jeff Nathan's Sephardic chicken soup. Bobby Flay's gingerbread cupcakes with caramelized mango buttercream. Drew Cerza's Bourbon Street buffalo wings. Bobby Flay's honey rum baked black beans.

Bobby Flay's Throwdown!: More Than 100 Recipes from Food Network's Ultimate Cooking Challenge


  • Barbecue
  • Chowder
  • Red Chili
  • Steak
  • Breakfast
  • Cocktails
  • Cheesesteak
  • Fried Chicken
  • Chicken Cacciatore
  • Meatloaf
  • Mac 'n' Cheese
  • Fish and Chips
  • Cheesecake
  • Cuban Roast Pork
  • Cupcakes
  • Buffalo Wings
  • Sticky Buns
  • Crepes
  • Puffy Tacos
  • Jerk Steak
  • Fruit Pie
  • Muffuletta
  • Meatballs
  • Lasagna
  • Ice Pops
  • Eggplant Parmesan
  • Chicken and Waffles
  • Arroz con Pollo
  • Grilled Cheese
  • Dumplings
  • Pulled Pork
  • Arepas
  • Coconut Cake
  • Seafood Gumbo
  • Paella
  • Chiles Rellenos
  • Falafel
  • Chocolate Bread Pudding
  • Cioppino
  • Ravioli
  • Chicken Pot Pie
  • Matzoh Ball Soup
  • Shrimp and Grits
  • North Carolina Ribs and Beans
  • German Chocolate Cake
  • Country Captain Chicken
  • Green Chile Cheeseburger
  • Steak Fajitas
  • Barbecued Chicken and Potato Salad
  • Lobster Club Sandwich
  • Pumpkin Pie


Chef Bobby Flay owns two Bar Americains, three Mesa Grill Restaurants, five Bobby's Burger Palaces and Bobby Flay Steak. He hosts several Food Network cooking shows in addition to Throwdown! with Bobby Flay.

Stephanie Banyas is Bobby Flay's business assistant and co-author of four Bobby Flay cookbooks. Miriam Garron is a Food Network sous-chef.

Other Bobby Flay cookbooks:

Bobby Flay's Grill It!

Bobby Flay's MESA GRILL Cookbook

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