There has been an Alton Brown podcast since June 28, 2013, and I just discovered it this morning. I’m not sure how that happened, but now that I know the Alton Browncast exists, I have to make sure all my fellow food lovers know about it, too.

If you’re not familiar with Alton Brown, he’s the former host of the excellent “Good Eats,” a show he created to be part Mr. Wizard, part Julia Child, and part Monty Python. He’s also the host of “Iron Chef America” and Food Network’s current game show “Cutthroat Kitchen.” I don’t enjoy the contestant-type food television shows in general, so when “Good Eats” went off the air in 2011, I was disappointed because I enjoy Brown’s knowledge, wit and intelligence.

But, Brown promised that new things would be on the horizon after “Good Eats” and Alton Browncast is one of those new things that I can get into. During each podcast, Brown “reviews recent food news, chats with celebrities about their culinary passions, takes calls from listeners, and basically does whatever he flippin’ wants for 45 minutes.”

I downloaded one of last month’s episodes this morning. He interviewed “Hot in Cleveland’s” Valerie Bertinelli, and I could have listened to them talk much longer than the half hour they spoke. The conversation became particularly interesting to me when Brown started asking Bertinelli about her relationship with food.

Bertinelli famously lost 50 pounds a few years back using the Jenny Craig program. She spoke about food making her feel good during the end of her marriage to Eddie Van Halen and how she put on weight during that period. Then she learned that “the problem wasn’t food; the problem was eating.” Bertinelli said she still struggles and that she’s learned that if she’s going to eat what she likes, she needs to keep exercising.

I’m always looking for inspiration in my own relationship-with-food journey, and I found some while listening to the podcast this morning. I don’t know if the rest of the Alton Browncasts will be that inspirational or if they’ll just be entertaining, but I’m downloading several of them to listen to on a road trip I’ll be taking this weekend. I think episode #15 that features “scientific bourbon tasting” will definitely be in the queue and as well as episode #1 so I can discover how it all began.

Are you a listener of Alton Browncast? Tell me which episodes I should be listening to on my road trip this weekend.

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