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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 essential guide to all the "hardware" you need in the kitchen. Packed with practical advice and tips, this book takes a look at what's needed and what isn't, what works and what doesn't.
Alton's third book, on baking, I'm Just Here for More Food, hit bookstores in November 2004 and has since gone on to become a New York Times bestseller.
On Feasting On Asphalt, Alton had only his motorcycle, a few buddies and the clothes on his back during a nostalgic trip across the country to rediscover the disappearing people, places and stories of great American road food. In 2008, Alton traveled the Carribean in search of America's culinary roots and Caribbean flavors in Feasting On Waves.
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Quick Tip by . October 02, 2011
While I don't consider myself a culinary genius by any means, Alton Brown has really gotten me to think about food and the science behind cooking it. His show, Good Eats, is easily one of the best food shows ever made, because not only did he make cooking look more simple, but his show was so much fun to watch, even if the episode was about dishes I don't like.
Quick Tip by . December 01, 2010
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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. …
Quick Tip by . December 01, 2010
Alton Brown is on of the most effective food educators of our time. And his cookbooks are pretty darned good too.
Quick Tip by . December 13, 2010
I like the fact that I learn something almost every time Alton Brown is on television.
Quick Tip by . June 27, 2010
Loved his early Good Eats episodes. The new stuff has gotten pretty commercial and watered-down. This once funky, off-beat food nerd (I mean that in the good way) has become too mainstream and overexposed.
Quick Tip by . June 17, 2010
Our Nerd in the Kitchen.
Quick Tip by . June 02, 2010
Ahahaha... I love Alton Brown. Funny guy.
Quick Tip by . September 28, 2009
Love how he breaks everything down to make it "sound" so scientific. He removes mystery and intimidation of cooking.
review by . December 09, 2008
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 …
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