From Scratch

Inside the Food Network

by Allen Salkin

Hardcover, 434 pages, Penguin Group USA, List Price: $27.95 | purchase

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Inside the Food Network
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A behind-the-scenes history of the Food Network, published to coincide with its 20th anniversary, draws on inside access and interviews with hundreds of leading contributors to trace its rise from a tiny startup to a billion-dollar media and cultural juggernaut.

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According to journalist Allen Salkin, Emeril Lagasse initially opposed bringing Rachael Ray, pictured here in 2007, onto the Food Network – and, at first, Ray agreed with him. "You have this all wrong," she told executives, "I'm beer in a bottle; you guys are champagne." Scott Gries/Getty Images hide caption

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