The Ungarnished Truth: A Cooking Contest Memoir

Author(s): Ellie Mathews


A woman, a chicken dinner, a million dollars - and a romp through the heartland of America's competitive cooking culture.

When Ellie Mathews entered her Salsa Couscous Chicken in the venerable Pillsbury Bake-Off, she never imagined she'd win the grand prize. Immediately after Alex Trebek announced that her dish had won a million dollars, she was thrown into the limelight. Booked with Oprah and Rosie - even photographed for the "New York Times" in a vest made of ostrich feathers - she instantly became the reigning queen of chickendom.

With a dash of self-deprecating humor and a pinch of biting social commentary, Ellie takes readers on her roller coaster ride to the top of the food chain as the Pillsbury prizewinner. As a cooking contest insider, she goes behind the counter and beyond the aprons and oven mitts to reveal a fascinating slice of Americana.


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aA page-turner.a
a"Seattle Post- Intelligencer"
aEnthusiastic and sharp.a
a"Kirkus Reviews"
aWith graceful writing, Mathews takes us behind the scenes at the Bake-Off.a
a"Minneapolis Star Tribune"


General Fields

  • : 9780425225783
  • : 9010000000000008090
  • : 9010000000000008090
  • : March 2009
  • : 209mm X 139mm X 19mm
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 276
  • : Ellie Mathews
  • : Paperback / softback
  • : 641.5092