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Inside Graham Elliot's MasterChef-Inspired First Cookbook

'Cooking Like a Master Chef: 100 Recipes to Make the Everyday Extraordinary' hits shelves this fall.

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Here now is a look inside the very first cookbook from longtime Chicago chef and MasterChef judge Graham Elliot. Cooking Like a Master Chef is squarely focused on home cooking, the kind he judges and mentors on the show. As exclusively revealed by Eater earlier this spring, fellow MasterChef judge Gordon Ramsay has written the foreword. Organized by season, these mostly beginner-level recipes include shortrib stroganoff, cheddar cheese risotto, and desserts like banana splits, lemon blueberry bars, and summer peach cake.

It's no surprise that for his first cookbook Elliot chose to focus on home cooking, capitalizing on the unstoppable force that is MasterChef and its absolutely essential spinoff MasterChef Junior. He's basically pivoted from being primarily known as a Michelin-starred Chicago chef to mostly being a celebrity in his own right, having shuttered the original Graham Elliot back in 2013 to re-concept and relocate it, and closing most of his other properties. (His Chicago restaurant Graham Elliot Bistro remains open.) Since his impressive 150 pound weight loss, Elliot has doen other high profile project with the the NFLLollapalooza, and, of course, continuing to be a major part of MasterChef.

Published by Atria Books, Cooking Like a Master Chef hits shelves on October 27 (pre-order on Amazon now).

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