March 2, 2011

March 2, 2011

Sorry I Missed It: Good Eats

Alton Brown is one of my favorite reality show hosts. It’s quite all right if you haven’t heard of him. He doesn’t shepherd entrepreneurs or Grammy hopefuls. He’s not shedding for the wedding or dancing with the stars.

Alton Brown is the Bill Nye the Science Guy of food. That’s really the simplest way to put it. His program, Good Eats, isn’t really a cooking show. It’s more of a…food history. Take the episode about popcorn. Alton doesn’t just give us popcorn recipes. He explains how popcorn was first invented, its iterations through history, and even the science behind the pop. THEN he gives us popcorn recipes.

(Be warned that Alton loves him some science. Watch this show regularly and you will see more people dressed as molecules than you can shake a stick at.)

Allow me to also shout-out his weird penchant for making things himself despite perfectly acceptable market-ready alternatives. What’s the difference between Absolut and homemade pepper vodka? About a week, it turns out.

Still, God bless a man who will rig up a homemade turkey fryer out of a ladder and cabling:

I wanna do Thanksgiving at HIS house.

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