For fans of Top Chef: Texas

As the season finale approaches, check out these cookbooks and more:

Top Chef: The Cookbook --introduction by Tom Colicchio
Books and more by judges and guest judges

Tangy, tart, hot & sweet: a world of recipes for every day –Padma Lakshmi

Farm to fork: cooking local, cooking fresh – Emeril Lagasse 

A new turn in the South: Southern flavors reinvented for your kitchen – Hugh Acheson Available through interlibrary loan. 

Patti LaBelle’s lite cuisine: over 100 dishes with to-die-for taste made with to-live-for recipes – Patti LaBelle

Cat Cora’s classics with a twist: fresh takes on favorite dishes – Cat Cora 

Mesa Mexicana – Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger with Helene Siegel 

Monster – starring Charlize Theron 

Pee-wee’s big adventure – starring Pee-wee Herman 

 

Films about chefs and restaurants
Pressure Cooker Documents an entire school year at Frankford High School in Philadelphia with culinary arts teacher Wilma Stephenson, a tough and passionate teacher who shows her students how to work hard toward their goals as she prepares them to compete in a one-day cook-off where top chefs judge the students' skills and talents. 
Kings of Pastry Follows chef Jacquy Pfeiffer, co-founder of Chicago's French Pastry School, as he journeys back to his childhood home in Alsace, France to practice for the Meilleurs Ouvriers de France pastry competition. 
Julie & Julia Julie Powell is a frustrated insurance worker who wants to be a writer. Trying to find a challenge in her life, she decides to cook her way through Julia Child's 'Mastering the Art of French Cooking' in one year, and to blog about it. As Julie begins to find her groove as a cook, and her voice as a writer, the project takes on a life of its own. 
Big Night The story of two brothers whose Italian restaurant is on the brink of bankruptcy. Their only chance for success is to risk everything they own on an extravagant feast for bandleader Louis Prima. But their big night is complicated by a lovers' triangle, a sneaky restaurant rival, and the hilarious perfection of chef Primo. 
No Reservations Master chef Kate Armstrong is a perfectionist who leads a regimented life while running the kitchen of an exclusive restaurant. She revels in the sense of power and control her career affords. When her sister is killed in an automobile accident, her nine-year old niece Zoe comes to live with her. Kate's life is turned completely upside down and she is suddenly forced to split her focus between work and family. 
Ratatouille A rat named Remy dreams of becoming a great chef despite his family's wishes and the obvious problem of being a rat in a decidedly rodent-phobic profession. When fate places Remy in Paris, he finds himself ideally situated beneath a restaurant made famous by his culinary hero. Despite the apparent dangers of being an unwanted visitor in the kitchen of one of Paris' most exclusive restaurants, Remy forms an unlikely partnership with Linguini, the garbage boy, who inadvertently discovers Remy's amazing talents. 

--KC

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