The other day, as we were driving in the car, my family and I were talking about famous people we'd like to meet. In further proof that opposites attract, my husband and I were having a hard time coming up with someone who we both wanted to meet until he mentioned Alton Brown. Of all the famous people we'd like to meet, the television cooking show host and author was the only one on both our lists.
G.E. fans, I've decided to cut the half hour series at 249 eps. There will be 3 new 1 hour eps this year and that's it. But mourn not. New things brew on the horizon ..."good" things.
Brown has said that when he created his long-running show, "Good Eats," he had in mind that he wanted to do a cooking show that was part Mr. Wizard, part Julia Child and part Monty Python. If you've ever watched "Good Eats," you'll know he succeeded.
"Good Eats" has been part of Food Network's lineup since 1999, and in my opinion it's one of the best shows that has ever run on the network. He explains the science behind what he does in the kitchen in an entertaining and approachable way. When he did a show on chocolate chip cookies, for instance, he didn't simply show viewers how to bake one recipe. He explained how different amounts of sugar in a recipe can create a cake-like cookie, a moist cookie, or a flat, crispy cookie.
I also appreciate his advice on kitchen gadgets and cookware. If you're at all a fan of the show, you'll know his advice about what he calls a "unitasker." If a kitchen untensil or gadget only has one function, don't buy it. There's almost always something else you have in the kitchen that can do the same job. Heeding this advice has saved me money and clutter in my kitchen many times.
Brown is still a part of "Iron Chef America," and according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, he recently re-signed with Food Network. He says new things are on the horizon, and I can't wait to see what he cooks up next.
Are you a fan of Alton Brown and "Good Eats?" Are you sad to see it go?