The name and concept of a CBS Saturday television segment have been translated into a book, Chef on a Shoestring (Simon & Schuster, $23 hardcover).
It's a collection of about 120 recipes contributed by some of America's most reputable chefs in a generous spirit: All the royalties from the book will be donated to Share Our Strength, one of the nation's leading anti-hunger, anti-poverty organizations.
In the book, readers will find Mario Batali's Ziti al Telefono, Pilar Sanchez's Potato and Garlic Soup and Charlie Palmer's Seared Chicken Breast With Red Onion Vinaigrette among other treats.
The premise of the TV show is that a chef is given $20 to conjure up a three-course meal for four.
The book's editor, Andrew Friedman, says, "Rather than reprint complete menus from a small number of chefs, we've selected a greater cross-section of cooking talents and arranged this book according to conventional recipe chapters."