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fromscratch.jpgHere's the prologue to Allen Salkin's upcoming book From Scratch: Inside The Food Network. Following the cancellation of Emeril Live and Essence of Emeril — based on advice from outside consultants — Food Network execs pitched Emeril Lagasse to be on Iron Chef. He balked. Quote: "'How about Platinum Chef?' he barks at Susie [Fogelson], walking out of her office, his rage, embarrassment, and fear bubbling over. 'Have you thought of that?'" [NPR]

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