I’ve been a gianormous fan of Alton Brown’s show Good Eats ever since I got into cooking. I can’t claim to be a 10-year viewer, but I have seen my fair share of the episodes. The Food Network randomly runs marathons and they quite frequently completely fill the DVR with Good Eats reruns. If you’ve never seen the show, you’re missing out. Part Julia Child, part science project, part kitschy skits and props, the show’s got it all. Alton does an excellent job explaining the science behind what’s going on in a down-to-earth, and quite frankly – lovable – kind of way. I heart Alton.
Despite the fact that I’m on a cook book buying freeze, when his 10th anniversary book came out, I had to have one. It reads like an encyclopedia of all your favorite food dishes. Funnily enough for a cook book, the recipes aren’t really the highlight. They’re reliably good, but nothing out of the ordinary. But after reading a few pages on, say, scrambled eggs, you sure know a ton more about why an egg can go so right – or so wrong. I highly recommend.
Alton’s on a book tour and we got tickets to his Seattle stop! I was shocked at the crowd; who knew he had such a following here. I was particularly struck by the broad range of attendees – from foodies to newbies, kids to grandparents. Alton’s witty charm has universal appeal. He bantered back and forth and answered fan questions for an hour or so, then stuck around to sign copies of the book for literally 3+ hours. I was just so stupidly excited to see him in person that I had to share a few pics from the night.
And yes, I did push small children out of my way to get a good seat, and I did have that ridiculous look on my face the entire night. Good Eats!
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