Cook the Book: 'Top Chef'

Book CoverFlipping through this week's Cook the Book selection, Top Chef: The Cookbook, is a sensory experience. And not just because of the up-close and personal photographs of memorable dishes such as Dave Martin's Truffle and Cognac Macaroni and Cheese from season one, or Hung Huynh's Sous-Vide Duck from season three. The book itself is wrapped in a canvas cover made from the same material as the jackets worn by the contestants on the show. Pretty cool.

More than a collection of recipes, Top Chef: The Cookbook is a backstage pass to the hit television show. Tour the kitchen and pantry to discover what staples Top Chefs always have on hand, or learn how to open a bottle of Champagne with a knife a la season one's Stephen Asprinio. There are insightful interviews with producers and judges, plus lighthearted inserts devoted to the "Top Coif," and the Anthony Bourdain Insult-O-Meter.

Win 'Top Chef: The Cookbook'

From perfectly executed classics to outlandish, newfangled creations, we'll be excerpting a recipe from Top Chef: The Cookbook every day this week. In addition, you can enter to win a copy for your own collection. Just tell us in the comments section below: If you were in a cooking competition, what dish would you prepare?