Food Network: Spike on Iron Chef, Throwdown on Bookshelves

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What’s new in Food Network’s world? First, we hear the next new episode of Iron Chef America, premiering March 7, will see none other than newbie pizza practitioner Spike Mendelsohn taking on Michael Symon. And this from the Desk of Inevitability: Publishers Marketplace reveals that Iron Chef Bobby Flay is spinning Throwdown into a book.

NYT bestselling author, celebrity chef, and restaurateur Bobby Flay's THROWDOWN!, from the Food Network's show which goes head-to-head with cooks who have staked their claim as masters of an iconic dish -- buffalo wings, chicken cacciatore, sticky buns, coconut cake; both Bobby and his challengers' recipes will be included, comprising a "best of" cross-country tour of regional specialties, featuring more than 100 recipes and full-color food photographs, to Rica Allannic at Clarkson Potter, for publication in fall 2010, to Jennifer Rudolph Walsh at William Morris Endeavor (world).