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Enter for a Chance to Win a Copy of Aarti’s First Cookbook

by in Contests, October 7th, 2014

Aarti Paarti Cookbook Giveaway
There’s something undeniably eye-catching about opening up a cookbook for the first time and feeling like the author has shared with you one of the most passionate parts of his or her life — including family roots, recipes and laughs about life. I’m talking about Aarti Sequeira‘s first cookbook, Aarti Paarti: An American Kitchen with an Indian Soul. So many Food Network fans first met Aarti when she won Season 6 of Food Network Star. Others were introduced to her when she hosted her first show, Aarti Party.

One of the most-approachable Indian-American cookbooks available today, the book is broken down into typical cookbook sections (including breakfast, salads, soups and stews, and dessert). There is also a section on chutneys. “Chutneys are a wonderful place to start for both new cooks and new-to-the-Subcontinent cooks because they either require no cooking at all or employ familiar cooking techniques,” Aarti shares. What makes this book stand apart are the anecdotes about how her mother and grandmother cooked these dishes — how they made exotic-sounding dishes sound familiar and comforting for their family. Before you get cooking, read Aarti’s introduction to common Indian spices — there’s no such thing as an intimidation factor in this book. FN Dish strongly suggests you read through the introduction, then run (not walk) to recipes for Eggs Poached in Tomato Sauce, Lasagna Cupcakes, Lucia-Lucica Fried Rice, Pregnancy Potatoes, Indian Street Corn, and Homemade “Magic Shell” with Garam Masala and Sea Salt.

You can buy a copy of Aarti Paarti: An American Kitchen with an Indian Soul here, or you can enter to win one for free from FN Dish. We’re giving five lucky, randomly selected readers each a copy of Aarti Paarti, and all you have to do to enter to win one is leave a comment below telling us your favorite recipe from Aarti (must include recipe URL). Need inspiration? Flip through her recipes here.

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Star Exclusive: Watch the Winner’s First Interview

by , August 10th, 2014

Star Talk caught up with the winner just moments after the memorable announcement. Click play on the video above to watch Star Talk’s exclusive interview and read more below.

“This is our first cowboy chef … it’s about time we’ve had a cowboy chef. We’ve been missing that!” Alton Brown told Star Talk after Lenny McNab was crowned the newest Food Network Star. “We have no one like Lenny on this network. I don’t think there’s anyone like Lenny in the world,” Bobby Flay added.

You’ve had highs and lows. Looking back over the season, can you sum up your experience for us?
Lenny McNab: When you have your highs you feel like you’re on top of the world. When you have your lows you feel like susceptible to pain. If there’s anything I can tell America, it’s to try and put that pain back and push towards those things that make you positive. Once you’re positive, don’t leave that area and you’ll be successful for your entire life.

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Rachael’s Thoughts About Episode 9 and the One Thing Every Star Needs to Have

by , July 29th, 2014

Rachael's Thoughts About Episode 9
Rachael Ray hosted the final five, as well as Alton, Bobby and Giada, on her talk show during last week’s episode, and tasked the finalists with helping to solve a common problem: dinnertime struggles. After several successes (and also several failures), Star Talk wanted to catch up with the host herself to find out her thoughts on the show.

Star Talk: Rachael, what are your final thoughts on how the final five performed in this episode?
Rachael Ray: I think overall they did really well. I think some of them were a little more comfortable than others, but you know, it’s a really tough thing to try to master working in front of a camera and a live studio audience and having the family that you’re cooking for literally at the counter. So it was sort of a triple threat. I thought once they each got into it, even those that weren’t as comfortable found their rhythm eventually.

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Guy Reveals 8 Techniques to Survive Guy’s Grocery Games

by in Food Network Chef, Shows, July 25th, 2014

Guy Reveals 8 Techniques to Survive Guy's Grocery GamesGuy’s Grocery Games: the only show where chefs have the supermarket to themselves, have to cook in it and have the chance to win some serious dough. “During the first season of the show, when chefs walked in the door, you’d hear, ‘Well, now what do we do?’” Guy shared. “But since most have seen the show, they understand how it progresses,” he continued. But even though they think they know the game now, many still make the same mistakes. And the competition is only getting fiercer.

With that said, FN Dish asked Guy to share eight ways (from his point of view) to survive Guy’s Grocery Games:

1. Don’t over-portion.

2. Don’t add a frivolous garnish.

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How to Survive Cutthroat Kitchen, According to Alton Brown

by in Food Network Chef, Shows, July 23rd, 2014

Cutthroat Kitchen is in full swing (now in its fourth season), and with time also come lessons learned — many lessons learned. Frequent judge Simon Majumdar recently revealed the mind of a Cutthroat judge to FN Dish, and now host Alton Brown is sharing survival techniques. From the pantry to the kitchen, Alton breaks down the most-common mistakes that can easily be rectified, as well as how a chef should best prep himself or herself for sabotages.

Click play on the video above to learn Alton’s tips for acing round after round in the Cutthroat arena.

Watch: Top Outtakes from Star Salvation

by , July 23rd, 2014


If you’ve seen an episode of Star Salvation, you probably know that it takes much more time to actually film one episode than the 10 to 13 minutes that is shown on FoodNetwork.com. So what happens to all that lost footage?

Click play on the video above to watch the hilarious cuts that didn’t make it on the Web series.

A Day in the Life of Alton Brown (from Start to Finish on Cutthroat Kitchen)

by in Food Network Chef, Shows, July 16th, 2014

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be Alton Brown for a day? It’s not easy. I mean, sure, there are numerous perks and fun moments. But to tape a TV show, in this case Cutthroat Kitchen, takes a lot of work. FN Dish had the opportunity to shadow the host of this evilicious show and capture the ins and outs of a full day of taping (one day equals one episode). He opened up the door to his trailer, and showed us where he gets his coffee and how he enters each show and interacts with the culinary production team. Have you ever asked yourself whether the money in that briefcase is real? Alton dishes on that too.

Click play on the video above and follow Alton as he goes from his trailer to the set of Cutthroat Kitchen.

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