Bobby Flay

  • Cookbook Review: Bobby Flay’s Throwdown Cookbook Review: Bobby Flay’s Throwdown

    Cookbook Review: Bobby Flay’s Throwdown

Cookbook Review: Bobby Flay’s Throwdown

  Bobby Flay didn’t always rub me the right way – especially during his appearances on “The Next Food Network Star.” He was arrogant, abrasive even. But when I caught a few episodes of “Throwdown,” in which he goes head-to-head with chefs who have staked their claim as the best at making iconic dishes or desserts, he was humble, generous. His companion book, “Bobby Flay’s Throwdown” (Clarkson Potter) gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at how the cooking challenges went down, lists both recipes, and declares the winner. I’ll admit it’s a hodge podge of recipes with no apparent theme and I didn’t really know where to start. But when I review I book, I have to try at least three recipes, so I buckled down and chose a few. You’ll find my quick and dirty reviews below, but keep reading to get excerpts of other recipes thanks to the good people at […]

  • Bobby Flay’s pumpkin pie with cinnamon crunch and bourbon-maple whipped cream Bobby Flay’s pumpkin pie with cinnamon crunch and bourbon-maple whipped cream

    Bobby Flay’s pumpkin pie with cinnamon crunch and bourbon-maple whipped cream

Bobby Flay’s pumpkin pie with cinnamon crunch and bourbon-maple whipped cream

  I have to admit I was wary when making this pie from Bobby Flay’s new book “Throwdown!”, which features recipes from his cooking challenge show on Food Network. For one, whenever he is challenged on his baking skills, he is nervous because he knows baking is not his forte. Second, even he acknowledges taking the easy way out by making a graham cracker crust rather than making a pastry crust. Third, he admits the “Throwdown” show audience booed him for using pumpkin puree from a can. Well, he won the challenge. So when my co-worker and I agreed to bring pumpkin pie leftover from our Thanksgiving celebrations, and be judged by our peers in an informal “Throwdown” of our own,  I was feeling pretty unbeatable. After all, I’m the more domestic of the two of us – married with a kid and I bake all the time, while my competitor […]