I didn't know Alton Brown before I got married. In fact, I didn't watch the Food Network until marriage. It was during one of these rare viewing occasions that I realized my husband enjoyed watching this "food nerd's" show called Good Eats. At first I found him boring and pretentious. He's a bit of a "know it all" and always wants the viewer to cook things the long and difficult way. I prefer short-cuts, especially when I'm pressed for time. Eventually, I started to appreciate Brown's knowledge about cooking. Plus, I've always been partial to nerds. Once I realized that he had other shows, like Feasting on Asphalt and the position of expert commentator on Iron Chef, I was hooked. He grew on me, and I'm happy to say that I'm a huge fan of this food connoisseur. Alton Brown is truly a jack of all trades. He's not only on television but has some amazing books for sale about cooking and his television shows, which are easily found at your nearest bookstore.
I love this guy. My husband and I lay in bed and watch him and laugh at his funny wit but we also learn so much from his shows! I think shows like Alton's that have alot of humor mixed with education are definitely the best television viewing. I like the way Alton breaks down cooking into understandable steps that even the most uneducated cook can understand. I've watched his shows many times and vow to find his recipes on the internet so I can do some Alton magic too! Now … more
Alton Brown's flair in the kitchen developed early with guidance from his mother and grandmother, a budding culinary talent he skillfully used later "as a way to get dates" in college. Switching gears as an adult, Alton spent a decade working as a cinematographer and video director, but realized he spent all his time between shoots watching cooking shows which he found to be dull and uninformative. Convinced that he could do better, Alton left the film business and moved to Vermont to train at the New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier, Vt. Soon after, Alton tapped all of his training to create Good Eats, a smart and entertaining food show that blends wit with wisdom, history with pop culture and science with common cooking sense. Alton not only writes and produces the shows but also stars in each offbeat episode.
Alton Brown's first book, I'm Just Here for the Food (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2002) won the James Beard Foundation Award for Best Cookbook in the Reference category, was one of the bestselling cookbooks of 2002 and has sold over 300,000 copies to date. It was also chosen by Amazon.com as one of the top 50 books of 2002 by both editors and readers.
Alton Brown's Gear for Your Kitchen, his long-awaited homage to tools and gadgetry, was published by STC in September 2003 and was nominated for both a James Beard Award for Best Cookbook in the Tools & Techniques category and an IACP Cookbook Award in the Food Reference/Technical category. Gear is an ...