""All chefs are equal in the eyes of an ingredient."" So challenges Fuji Television's heart-palpitating Iron Chef: The Official Book, translated by Kaoru Hoketsu. In his foreword, Gourmet Academy chairman Takeshi Kaga remembers the early days of the competition: ""Battles were fought and gourmet dishes created."" Readers must hold on to their saliva glands, as they are whisked through ""exclusive stories and recipes behind meals never before attempted, meals filled with lobster, foie gras, truffles, and other delicacies."" The book reveals the show's apparatuses with the breathtaking hype familiar to its television audience, via ""The Rules of the Game,"" Iron Chef interviews and profiles, ""Testimony of the Cast and Staff"" and various ""Prestige Menu[s]."" Nearly a household name, the Iron Chef will please legions of fans with this volume.