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The Cult Manual

  • Oct 24, 2009
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Good Eats is hands down, my favorite cooking show of all time. It's just as knowledge-packed as America's Test Kitchen, but waaaaaaaay more entertaining. Alton Brown's cookbooks, with the exception of Gear (my favorite), come really close to feeling like the show, but don't quite get you there. Enter Good Eats The Early Years.

Grab a copy; you're holding the essence of Good Eats in your hands. I say hands because this book has heft, at almost 400 pages, it is comprehensive to say the least. It takes you through seasons 1-6. None of the pages are wasted.

This neither a book for the novice nor the home expert. (Try his other books for that.) It is first and foremost a book for the Good Eats cult. Brown has "bested" the recipes from the shows as well as added new ones. You get the science and a healthy dose of the behind-the-scenes stuff that make the show work (think Behind the Eats.) Never fear, the detailed info on how to build his hardware-store influenced kitchen gadgets is included. I suggest cover-to-cover reading so that you don't miss anything.

I love this book!!!

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I'm a Southern Girl; Little Rock and New Orleans both count as home! I love my church & all things slow, honest & comfortable. I value time spent in the home & a good laugh.
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Every so often a cookbook comes along that wishes it were a television show. Brown's latest effort actually is a television show, or rather, a marathon of all 80 episodes from the first six seasons of his Food Network hit. Egotistical yet thrifty, Brown interviews himself in the introduction, describing this work as four hundred pages of liner notes. And that is sadly accurate. For all its girth, there are merely 140 recipes, ranging from chocolate syrup to butternut dumplings with brown butter and sage. That these entries appear sequentially exemplifies the book's biggest problem; it is organized by TV episode number, causing readers to repeatedly visit the index to make sure they're not missing anything. The roast turkey is toward the beginning of the book, for example, but the turkey salad is hiding out somewhere in the middle. Recipes that never made it into the show! are promised, but good luck identifying them, and is that really a bonus? Accompanying each meal is a chart labeled, Knowledge Concentrate. These contain the fun, quasi-scientific facts that are the author's bread and butter (The higher the egg-to-dairy ratio, the firmer the custard). The remainder of the pages are cluttered with photo strips, sketches and squiggly lines, lest you get bored and turn on the tube.(Oct.)
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Books, Cooking, Cookbooks, Food Network, Alton Brown, Food Science, Good Eats, Cooking Science

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ISBN-10: 1584797959
ISBN-13: 978-1584797951
Author: Alton Brown
Genre: Entertainment, Cooking, Food & Wine
Publisher: Stewart, Tabori & Chang
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