Big personalities, high drama—the extraordinary behind-the-scenes story
of the Food Network, now about to celebrate its twentieth anniversary: the
business, media, and cultural juggernaut that changed the way America thinks
In October 1993, a tiny start-up called the Food Network debuted
to little notice. Twenty years later, it is in 100 million homes, approaches a
billion dollars a year in revenue, and features a galaxy of stars whose faces
and names are as familiar to us as our own family’s.
But what we don’t know about them, and the people behind them,
could fill a book.
Based upon extensive inside access, documents, and interviews
with hundreds of executives, stars, and employees all up and down the ladder,
Allen Salkin’s book is an exhilarating roller-coaster ride from chaos to
conquest (and sometimes back). As Salkin takes us inside the conference rooms,
studios, homes, restaurants, and after-hours meetings, we see a salty Julia
Child lording it over the early network performers; a fragile Emeril Lagasse
staggering from the sudden public shock of cancellation; a very green Rachael
Ray nearly burning down the set on her first day; a torn Tyler Florence
accepting the Applebee’s job he knows he can’t refuse, but with a chill running
down his spine; and a determined Bobby Flay reinventing himself once again to
Paula Deen, Tom Colicchio, Anthony Bourdain, Mario Batali, Jamie
Oliver, Martha Stewart, Guy Fieri, Cat Cora: Salkin illuminates the people we
thought we knew, and the ones we never knew about, in this irresistible story
of the intersection between business, television, pop culture, food—and us. Download and start listening now!