Calling all Alton Brown fans – a Giveaway

As I said yesterday, I got to meet Alton Brown this week. It was one of the best days in recent memory. I was literally giddy.

Have you seen his new book? It weighs about 4 pounds and contains about 400 pages about the first SIX seasons of Good Eats. He’s got recipes and drawings and tips and random facts about the show.

I’m offering an autographed copy of Alton Brown’s Good Eats The Early Years to one lucky reader!

Some rules:
- The prize will only be shipped to US mailing addresses.
- Enter by midnight (EST) next Thursday, October 22.
- One lucky winner will be chosen at random on Friday, October 23.

To enter, leave a comment answering:
- What is your favorite Alton Brown recipe/episode/tip/memory?
- If you aren’t as big of an AB fan as I am, that’s fine, you can still enter. Just comment with something you hope to learn from reading this cookbook.

To answer my own question, my favorite episode is “Chips for Sister Marsha” which is no surprise since I love The Chewy so much.

Don’t forget about my Power of Pink Challenge going on all month.

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325 Responses to “Calling all Alton Brown fans – a Giveaway”

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    Jessica — October 16, 2009 at 11:02 am

    I think the funniest episode is the turkey frying one. I love the Chewy, too :)

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    JessCo — October 16, 2009 at 11:13 am

    I love the one where he makes soft pretzels – yum – and well just about every other episode I’ve seen. He’s just so fascinating!

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    Mayra — October 16, 2009 at 11:56 am

    My favorite recipe is the chewy. I never did see the episode of it but i stumbled upon the recipe and I LOVE it.

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    Nikki — October 16, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    My favorite is his Romancing the Turkey episode. His brining recipe is the one I used when I hosted my first ever Thanksgiving, and it was delicious!

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    Eva — October 16, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    One of the most memorable moments for me is when Alton explains why cutting on the bias for meat is important – that way, you don’t get long, chewy strands of muscle!

    evitawylie at hotmail dot com

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    Carla — October 16, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    I really enjoyed the episode he did on olives, I never realized how versatile olives could be.

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    Julia — October 16, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    I used to watch Good Eats back when I had cable. There was an episode about breads and yeast that I thought was pretty interesting.

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    Sarah — October 16, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    Man, I don’t think i have one favorite episode, they’re all genious.

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    slush — October 16, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    I like all the meat related episodes, where he pulls out the diagrams of a cow or pig. Ab was the first person I ever saw actually explain where cuts of meat came from and what eat cut is good for. Fascinating stuff.

    Fav episode- The cake lady. I love coconut cake!

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    Julie — October 16, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    Great giveaway! I recently made his butternut squash dumplings and really enjoyed them!

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    rkostakis — October 16, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    My favorite Alton recipe is for chocolate chip #10. I’ve tried the Puffy and the Chewy and they’re good, but for me #10 is the winner!

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    ~ Kristie — October 16, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    I love both Romancing the Turkey and the turkey frying episode. AB has forever changed the way we cook Thanksgiving dinner.

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    Amy — October 16, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    I love the one when he made marshmallows and made the little peeps. He makes it look so easy!

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    overgrownwaltz — October 16, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    I just watched this episode last night- AB’s crawfish episode, where he does a boil and crawfish rolls. My favorite is actually the Turkey Frying episode as well, but tiny crustacean bugs gets my second vote. :) I would hope his book would be as informative and interesting as Good Eats, and my hubs would DROOL over this book!!! :) What a great giveaway!
    -CME25 from Nest WC

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    laurasrecipecollection — October 16, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    I’ve actually only ever made The Chewy, so I suppose that, by default, would be my favorite of his recipes I’ve made :)

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    bellasbistro — October 16, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    My favorite episodes are the ones where the yeast puppets come out (sock puppets that do nothing but burp). LOL – they crack me up every time!!

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    Kayla — October 16, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    I love so many episodes! But I really like Romancing the Bird.

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    Molly Jean — October 16, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    Alton Brown is so much fun! Whether you’re just starting out or a seasoned cook, I always learn something from his shows. I love hearing the science and “why” part of each of his recipes… it helps me know why my flops are, well, flops ;)

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    Sarah Hurley — October 16, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    He’s the best. It’s a tough call, but “A Pie in Every Pocket,” edges out “Romancing the Bird” for my favorite.

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    Brienne — October 16, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    I love any show with his puppets. My favorites are the Flaky and Tender boxing puppets from the pie crust show and the yeast sock puppets. I’m not sure why but I usually end up giggling like a 5 year old when they burp. I love AB!

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    Kristy — October 16, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    I’m so addicted to Alton Brown! My favorite episode of his is “Eat This Rock” featuring an hour of salt! Who knew salt could be so interesting! And I tried the “chewy” recipe… it was a hit!

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    EJacks — October 16, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    I love Alton Brown!! I don’t know about a favorite – but one I loved was when he made soft pretzels.

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    Liz — October 16, 2009 at 1:51 pm
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    alizardinthegarden — October 16, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    I am sure it is hard to believe, but I am a somewhat new fan to Good Eats/Alton Brown. I recently saw his buttercream frosting episode and have decided to start DVR-ing all Good Eats episodes to catch up…and just an FYI…Good Eats is on A LOT!! :)

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    Stephanie — October 16, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    My favorite Good Eats episode is the one about spuds that is the spoof of Kathy Bates from Misery!

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    blissfullydelicious — October 16, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    Oh wow–I can’t even list all of my fave Good Eats episodes. I remember cupcakes, muffins, crepes, fried turkey, etc… I would *love* a signed cookbook!! I am making his fritatta tomorrow!!

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    Laura — October 16, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    My favorite episodes are “Peanut Gallery” and “Honey I Shrunk the Cake.”

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    Manne — October 16, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    I actually haven’t watched him before now, but when I read your blog about him, I started to DVR his episodes. I watched the first one this morning, it was on Pork Ribs. I think my goal for the cookbook would be to give it to my girlfriend and hope she likes some of the recipes.

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    grifam93 — October 16, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    My husband is a huge Good Eats fan and when I cook and have questions he always seems to reference something he saw on Good Eats. I always find that no matter what the topic, even if it’s an ingredient I don’t care for, I always take something from the show.

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    Lindsay — October 16, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    I love so many episodes, but my favorites are probably Fudge Factor (love the easy to make recipe for fudge in the microwave), Urban Preservation II: The Jerky, and Peanut Gallery.

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    Bridget — October 16, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    I think my favorite episode is the one on water. It’s extra sciencey.

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    Judge — October 16, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    “Q” is definitely one of my favorite episodes. I love the shows that are so focused on a specific process. I built my own electric flower pot smoker like AB did, but I always end up burning out the electric hot plate required. My friends and I have joked that if I ever met Alton, the first question I would ask him would be a technical one- “Where do you get a hot plate that won’t fizzle out?”

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    Cathy — October 16, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    I don’t have a favorite, but I just love how he explains in detail how to do anything and why should should do it that way. I’m so jealous you go to meet him!

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    melbyforce — October 16, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    The science of food is absolutely fascinating to me, every episode I learn something new!

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    Jade — October 16, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    I don’t really have a favorite, but I do know that if I am looking for a recipe his is one of my first to go. I know that a recipe I get from him is going to be great. He is such a wonderful chef and so full of knowlege. So excited you got to meet him!

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    Michael — October 16, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    I’d have to say I, of course, love them all(which is why I bought them all!) But my favorite episodes would have to be the ones about cheese.

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    oneparticularkitchen — October 16, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    Romancing the Bird!! Turkey has never looked so good. :)

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    Chachee — October 16, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    I love Alton Brown!
    My fave episode is For Whom the Cheese Melts 2…I love the mac n cheese recipe!!!

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    Jennifer — October 16, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    I made his recipe for fried turkey last Thanksgiving and it was absolutely amazing! I plan on making it again this year. I pretty much love most of his recipes… And I love that he actually discusses the science of cooking. BIG fan!

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    JanelleLiv — October 16, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    It is so hard to pick just one episode as my favorite. I think his show format is so unique! I’m a science geek at heart and a lover of all foods. I’m not sure what I like more about his show- the science behind the food or the food itself! If I have to pick, I’d say I learned to make a mean omelette from watching him.
    P.S. – I’m so jealous you met him!

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    Julie — October 16, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    AB helped me prepare my first Feast of Christmas Eve for my ILs… my very first dinner party of 25 guests. I made roast beef. I was scared out of my mind and had tivo’d the AB episode that showed me what to do. Without him, I would have been clueless. He not only showed me what to do but explained why. I.LOVE.HIM!

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    Annie Jo — October 16, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    I use the Ultimate Nachos recipe often because I eat nachos often. Mostly I reference it just to remember what temp to set the oven at.

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    Kat — October 16, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    Oh goodness, I love Alton Brown! Several years ago when I had cable and my parents didn’t, I made a VHS tape full of episodes of Good Eats for my dad. I can’t think of a favorite episode, but I love learning the science behind the recipes. What a great giveaway!

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    Jaime — October 16, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    What I love about AB is that he fills the niche of actually teaching about cooking and the “whys” to the steps in the recipe. I’m a horrible baker because I didn’t see the need in following the directions exactly, i.e. “Add in eggs one at a time, . . . but why?” He answers those questions and many more to make you feel confident about cooking. Oh, and he’s insanely funny too.

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    Nina — October 16, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    My most vivid Alton Brown memory was a few years ago when I was over at my sister’s house and we were watching an episode about beef. The show was grossing grossing my sister out. She ran to the bathroom and puked. I thought the show was fine and couldn’t figure out why she couldn’t handle it. The next day she took took a test and found out she was pg. Good times.

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    Joe — October 16, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    I would say the Omelet episode. I forget if it was Eggs or just the Omelet, but it was awesome. I could never get an omelet right before this, and even though it’s so basic, it was the technique that he used and expressed to his viewers that made this show one I never forgot. And because it’s such a classic, I’ve gotten to use it dozens of times since then.

    Second favorite…the Avocado.

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    Edie — October 16, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    Ok asking us to narrow it down to 1 is tough!
    So many of mine are based on HOW he tells the story.
    I’m not a big fan of chili but chili with an I is a funny show that makes me want chili!
    I love the potato one where he’s up in Maine with his biggest fan :)
    I love biscuts w/ Ma Mae, too. She’s too cute!
    I could go on and on.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win. Good luck everyone.

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    Darcey — October 16, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    I loved the episode, “A Pie in Every Pocket,” and also got a recent idea from him to use eggplant as noodles, which I hope to try very soon!

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    Andrea — October 16, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    I love the garlic related episode, but honestly, the “geekiness” of the entire show is what gets me going. I DVR it constantly, and MH loves watching it with me! Now, I just need to actually start cooking more (hint, hint, the cookbook would be perfect!)

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    Heidi — October 16, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    I love his Southern Biscuit episode. He was so cute with his grandma making them side by side. I love how the biscuits taste too!!

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    stephchows — October 16, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    As much as I love watching him, I don’t think I’ve ever actually made one of his recipes!! SO SAD!! I need to remedy that! As for favorite episode… ugg there are too many to choose from!! The one that sticks out in my mind right now is the banana ice cream one :) too fun!

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    heart-gayle — October 16, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    I’ve been enraptured by Alton Brown’s Good Eats since it first aired. I was 10 at the time and I just started getting into cooking. I remember getting giddy every time Good Eats was on, and ten years later, I still get butterflies whenever there’s a new episode.

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    Heather — October 16, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    My favorite episode is “Feeling Punchy.” I love all the history he adds to his recipes. AB just makes everything so interesting!

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    Sarah — October 16, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    My husband LOVES Alton Brown and insists on watching just about every episode. My favorite show was the one about tamales. I Loved the Hot tamale recipe!

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    tastysnacktreats — October 16, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    I love the one about ice cream, Churn Baby Churn. But every episode is great!

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    Jess — October 16, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    Alabama Alchemy from I’m Just Here for the Food is by far my favorite. Collard greens and corn bread might just be the most divine meal ever.

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    blackcatkitchen — October 16, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    oooh what an AWESOME giveaway! I loved his Feasting on Asphalt episodes. I’ve only made a few of his recipes (WHY?!?!?! I have no idea), but I loved his soft pretzels.

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    oneordinaryday — October 16, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    Oh my gosh, what an awesome giveaway!!! So cool!
    My favorite tip from AB is to not buy a gadget than can only be used for one thing. Saves lots of money and a smart tip!

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    HausFrau — October 16, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    Oh, I love Alton Brown! I just made his Blueberry Muffins the other day. My husband brought one to work for breakfast, then called me when he ate it to rave over it! That never happens! I am also super appreciative of his chicken stock recipe. Nothing feels better and more nourishing than homemade chicken stock. I <3 Alton Brown!

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    Rachel — October 16, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    pancake episode. Definitely. I had never thought of making my own mix and storing it. Love alton because he explains the science of food – thus making it easier to try your own recipes. I must try this chewy you keep mentioning. =)

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    Lili — October 16, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Favorite recent memory — grape juice commercials!

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    Barbara — October 16, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    Turkey episode, definitely. I used his turkey recipe for Thanksgiving one year (the first time making it) and since then I’ve been making it every year. For that, I thank you Alton!

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    jezinthekitchen — October 16, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Ooooh, I’m so jealous!! I love Alton – even more than I love Paula, and that’s saying quite a bit :) My favorite episodes are the ones featuring Southern foods – the grits and biscuit episodes are probably top of my list. Really, though, I enjoy the show no matter what he’s cooking … he is such a goof :)

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    christenandjames — October 16, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    I don’t have a favorite, I love them all! My husband is a HUGE AB fan so I was planning to get him this book for Christmas. It would be extra special to get an autographed one!

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    lauren kirsten — October 16, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    My favorite Alton Brown tips are everything he ever recommended for apple pie. His tips transformed my father’s tasty apple pie into perfection!

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    Shauna — October 16, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    What an awesome giveaway! I not only love Good Eats, but I also loved his Feasting on Asphalt shows. I don’t have a favorite episode, but I just love his stories, characters, etc. It makes it easier to learn and retain things. Oh, I did love the Christmas cookie episode with Santa, that is one that sticks out!

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    Linda and Matthew — October 16, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    I love the turkey frying episode. We watch it every year at Thanksgiving. Last year we finally attempted it ourselves, using his recipe for a brine and it was delicious. I love AB!

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    TPOX — October 16, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    I love the chocolate truffle episode and have used his truffle recipe for years!

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    Angry Asian — October 16, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    i like alton brown, but it’s been a gradual thing for me. the one episode of his show that i watched was about scallops and he was on a boat. i do like his commentary on Iron Chef.

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    Robby and Stephanie — October 16, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    I love how he makes the science behind cooking so entertaining and easy to understand. I also love his “stand-offs” at Bed, Bath, & Beyond!

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    Joanna — October 16, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    I ove teh episode thatw as just on about making corndogs. I made some myself after watching it and they were awesome!

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    Laurel — October 16, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    SPAZ! I’m a huge AB fan. I love the Chewy, but I think my favorite is his soft pretzels… mmmmmm.

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    Ellie Delancey — October 16, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    My favorite show was about substitutions! I substitute ingredients all the time, so that was definitely the show for me :)

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    anni — October 16, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    I just got cable and finally have been able to watch Good Eats but so far I loved the eggs episode!

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    Jennifer — October 16, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    I really liked the episode where he made omlets. I never knew all those things. I have now incorporated them into my omlet making and love them even more!

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    Elaine — October 16, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    I think I’m going to have to go with his homemade marshmallows.

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    alexandjess — October 16, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    Oh, another blog I read did a series on cooking and featured a lot of AB tips, http://jenn.maruskadesign.com/category/two-spoonfuls/

    I enjoy his show but don’t have a favorite bit. I would love to learn more about AB’s cooking though.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

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    G'ma Jan — October 16, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    I think my favorite episode is the one with his grandmother making biscuits, but my favorite recipe is his Dutch Baby recipe.

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    JulieSMendez — October 16, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    I love the how-to and “why-this-works-this-way” sections. I think the first thing I ever saw him do was a lesson on how and why to sharpen your knives. I was hooked!

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    Cait — October 16, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    I definitely think the episode where he featured eggs was one of the most informative!

    It’s not really a cooking episode, but i remember seeing a show about the behind the scenes stuff, it was so much fun!

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    k.carroll — October 16, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    Favorite episode would have to be on pop overs. He explains how batter works on a molecular level to create the most delectable crusty yet chewy pastry.

    FOR SCIENCE!

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    J — October 16, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    My hubby loves to watch AB, but never cooks. I’m hoping that if I win this copy not only will I use it, but that he will also be inspired to try cooking something other than steak or hamburgers!

    Jessica E.

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    carmencooks — October 16, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    LOVE Alton! I make his brined roast turkey every year and am never disappointed. :)

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    Katrina — October 16, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    I had to make cupcakes for my friend’s wedding shower and my favorite cupcake recipe is for vanilla cupcakes. Luckily, the week before I had watched Alton Brown’s cupcake special and learned that to make chocolate cupcakes, you have to subtract the same amount of flour as how much cocoa you add to make a vanilla cupcake recipe a chocolate cupcake recipe. Had I not learned that, I would’ve just added some extra cocoa to the batter. It seems like such a no-brainer, but I never thought of it before!

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    The Blonde Duck — October 16, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    I saw your giveaway on the sidebar of Sporadic Cooking and I had to come by! My husband is a die-hard AB fan–we watch him before bed every night and make almost all his recipes!

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    ncflaggs — October 16, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    I can’t pick just one. I learn something new with every episode and my oldest son (who’s 7) loves the science of cooking angle, and my hubby just loves AB’s humor – so we end up watching Good Eats as a family.

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    Caleb — October 16, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    I’ve been making AB’s pancakes for a few years now, and invite friends and family over when I do. It’s one of my daughter’s favorite things to do with her Daddy.

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    feasting-on-pixels (terrie) — October 16, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    I have so many fave episodes, but if I have to pick just one episode it would have to be Okra-phobia.
    I’ve made all the Okra recipes and AB taught me to love-me-some-okra…!
    Would love to have this book signed by AB as I missed the signing in Chicago yesterday…
    Thanks for this giveaway.

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    Tanya — October 16, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    I’ve seen a lot of his episodes, but the one I remember the most (because I use it almost every year) is the Roast Turkey episode. My thanksgiving turkey is always wonderful because of Alton :)

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    wifeplzak — October 16, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    I love how he is against single use tools in the kitchen. I couldn’t agree more! An avocado slicer is silly… just use your knife!

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    Syrah — October 16, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    I could never choose one single favorite episode, recipe, or tip – my adoration truly lies in his:
    -whimsical foam models
    -peculiarly groovy PJ’s
    -impeccable ability to infuse each show/book/interview gloriously cheesy witticism.
    Alton is the bomb diggity.

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    Kristen — October 16, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    My favorite episode is the souffle episode. It taught me the importance of maintaining an even oven temperature, and how to gently “fold” ingredients together, versus just mixing them. Very helpful stuff! :)

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    Derrick — October 16, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    Flat is Beautiful – the pizza episode. Using sock puppets that belch and fart was epically amusing to me.

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    Alinda — October 16, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    I liked a lot of his episodes…like the one where he made buttercream. I think I drooled through the whole episode.

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    Ryan — October 16, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    Alton is my hero! My favorite episode would probably be either the episode about cooking oils because it was so informative and I love when he pulls the creepy guy out of the dungeon or the fried chicken episode. Fry some more!!

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    Mom2Be — October 16, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    I would have to go with his homemade soft pretzels…I’m a sucker for soft pretzels and his recipe is the best! : )

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    Eric — October 16, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    I love the cultural Anthropologist. She’s so… real. No television shows today have people like that, smart, intelligent women who are themselves.

    She doesn’t have to act like a cultural anthropologist, she just is one.

    I want to meet her.

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    Meg — October 16, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    I don’t have a favorite recipe. I mostly refer to his recipes when I am trying to find a really good classic dish with a possible new twist…plus i love him on iron chef

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    cndymkr / jean — October 16, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    I don’t think I’ve seen an episode that I didn’t love. He makes cooking fun, educational and just plain interesting.

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    Jenn — October 16, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    I don’t just have one favorite recipe of his..I love them all! And I really enjoy watching him on Good Eats!!!

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    Kimberly — October 16, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    I love Alton Brown! Good Eats is my favorite show on The Food Network. I really liked his episode on cast-iron cooking, but all of his shows are super-informative, and good for a few laughs.

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    Kerry — October 16, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    I’ve had the recipe for “The Chewy” bookmarked for a long time now. I really need to try them ASAP.

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    Andrea — October 16, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    My favorite moments with Alton Brown have to be when he pulls down the representations of molecules like starch and pectin! And as a previous commenter said, the yeast sock puppets are adorable. As for my favorite recipe, I think it has to be his baked macaroni. So good! It’s always the little things that make the difference!

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    Brown Sugar — October 16, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    The most important/useful thing I learned from Alton is to cook and shop locally and seasonally! It’s made a bigger variety in the diets of my family and has given us a better appreciation of fresh produce.

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    Debra — October 16, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    My brother missed out on meeting Alton because he’s away at college. I think it would make an extra special birthday/Thanksgiving/Welcome Home surprise to give him this book. We’ve been watching Good Eats since the beginning.

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    ~Lana B.~ — October 16, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    He taught my husband and I how to cook and eat lobster! We ran right out to *practice* what we had learned! LOL
    Thanks so much for sharing!!
    ~Lana B~
    mamastamps at sbcglobal dot net

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    Julie — October 16, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    My absolute favorite has to the episode where he spoofed Sweeney Todd. Hilarious!

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    Tiff — October 16, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    The Chewy is one of the best. I also like his recipe for guacamole.

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    clstar — October 16, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    I can’t help but love the episode with his biggest fan, the creepy stalker-ish lady. It’s insanely hilarious. I also love the episode where he builds a contraption with which to fry a turkey. He is pretty much the most amazing person ever, haha. :)

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    brickfungus — October 16, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    AB’s french toast has changed the way we look at french toast… it’s all about the oven

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    Colleen — October 16, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    I love AB! I am of course drawing a blank on my favorite eposide but I am making his pork wellington tomorrow and I can’t wait!

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    erindekker — October 16, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    We LOVE AB’s Pork Rib recipe… we watch him whenever he’s on! YAY!

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    annieseats — October 16, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    I absolutely love AB and Good Eats. My favorite episode is the one where he talks about how to make a Thanksgiving turkey and dresses like a pilgrim :) Lots of great tips that I hope to use this year.

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    Luke — October 16, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    My favorite is Fry Hard II: The Chicken, if only for the homage to The Raven in the beginning.

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    Pam — October 16, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    I think my favorite episode is the new ‘Man’s Breakfast” show, with the coffee, bacon, hashbrowns, & eggs. Too funny. Love the ‘treatment’. :) AB rules!

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    cookienurse — October 16, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    I enjoyed the cookie show as well; my favorite is the puffy!

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    Karin — October 16, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    I enjoy all Alton Brown’s shows! And as I said yesterday everytime I go to Harrys Farmers Market or Whole Foods here in Marietta I have my eyes big just incase I see him.
    My fav episode is the one where he was teaching how to split layers and score a cake. Very insightful and humorous as Alton can be.

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    Wizardry of Oz — October 16, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    We enjoy ALL the episodes. My kids watch and like to try the things he makes because his explanation makes them easy enough for them to try (6, 8, 9 & 12-yrs old). They really enjoy the Parsnip Chips and the Pearsnip Sauce. My favorites are too numerous to list, but the Chips episode is the most usefull for us…NOW we know how to convert a recipe to make the Crispy, the Soft and the Chewy. I love what I learn after over 70 years of cooking.

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    Anu — October 16, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    I love the garlic episode with the vampire!

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    Kamei — October 16, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    Without a doubt, Romancing the Bird. This was the episode that started the whole thing for my family! I made the turkey derrick and the whole nine yards. Since then it’s been one great AB recipe after the other. Never did get a photo of that yeti, though…

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    jCam — October 16, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    My husband and I LOVE AB!! I am so jealous you met him, and I wish I knew he was coming, we would have gone to meet him too!

    A funny memory relating to AB is last Thanksgiving, after watching the turkey episode, we went to the ILs for dinner. My husband’s uncle started to prepare the turkey for eating after taking it out of the oven, and we commented on seeing AB’s show, and he said I just watched that too and I’m trying his tricks! We thought it was so funny that we all had watched it and he was now trying it.

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    Jillian — October 16, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    The first good eats episode I ever saw was the okra episode, and I’ve been hooked ever since! The idea that someone was incorporating costumed-men and goofy skits into a cooking show completely blew my mind (in a good way.)

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    coolcatb — October 16, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    My husband and I love Alton Brown. We have the episode called “The Big Chili” saved on our DVR. It is hilarious. But I think our favorite recipe is for his popovers. So good and they work every time.

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    Laura — October 16, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    My husband is a big AB fan. If I won, I would probably save this as a Christmas gift :) I love Alton’s chewy and I am planning on trying to make his pretzels soon.

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    Audra — October 16, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    wow, how cool! my dad would love this book, even if he didn’t get to meet Alton Brown. ;) i don’t catch his show very often, but i’d love to be able to learn to cook more efficiently and with more knowledge about the process and how different things effect the outcome. thanks for the contest!

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    becca — October 16, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    I’m a big fan of the episode “The Dough Also Rises” (at least I believe that’s what it’s called). I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with yeast. I love baking bread, but hate how sometimes my dough doesn’t rise the way it should. This tip about putting the dough in a warmed (then turned off oven) proved to be very useful! :)

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    Eve — October 16, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    I hope to learn some new recipes from this cookbook, like Alton Brown’s style of cooking. And using different spices and flavors I would have not thought to use.

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    alison claire — October 16, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    i love love love the christmas cookie episode!

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    Jody — October 16, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    I would not have remembered the name, but I too like the chocolate chip cookie episode, I liked him baking and taking the cookies all over the place for his sister…

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    Jessica B <3 — October 16, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    I love love love alton brown … and as for a favorite epsiode .. i couldnt pick one i love them all …. but i can narrow a few down .. i love the cookie one with all the different types of cookies and how i can now make my perfect cookie …his ginger show … yummm ….. i love his magnetic organization and he is my FAVORITE!!!!

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    Jessica B <3 — October 16, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    I love love love alton brown … and as for a favorite epsiode .. i couldnt pick one i love them all …. but i can narrow a few down .. i love the cookie one with all the different types of cookies and how i can now make my perfect cookie …his ginger show … yummm ….. i love his magnetic organization and he is my FAVORITE!!!!

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    Corinne — October 16, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    My favorite tip is to preheat the oven to 15 degrees less than the cooking temperature when making muffins, and then turn the temp up when you put the muffins in the oven. Never would have thought to do that!

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    Frank — October 16, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    i love watching his diagrams and humor and also watching him narrate on Iron Chef & next iron chef

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    unlovething — October 16, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    I like when his “nephew” is on and he is teaching him to cook and his “sister” keeps popping in and freaking out.
    Jillian

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    Lana R — October 16, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    I can’t pick a favorite episode, theyre all so great. I’ve actually met him once before right after Iron Chef America became popular, he was really hilarious.

    I remember him telling everyone at the Q&A about the only time he cut himself while cooking. (he put his hand into a bag or something and a boning knife went thru his finger) ouch.

    Then my mom asked him what his advice for an aspiring young chef would be and he said, “Get good shoes!” :)

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    wittylass — October 16, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    My favorite episodes would be where the little Alton Brown lookalike comes on and they cook together. The one that I can remember off the top of my head is where they are making sandwiches and they use a frying pan filled with cans to make paninis.

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    Minibrutus — October 16, 2009 at 11:50 pm

    How generous of you to give out a book!

    I think I liked his episode on rice the best, just because I learned so much from it.

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    Ashlie — October 16, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    One my favorite recipes is for his tofu chocolate cream pie – I’m lactose intolerant so this was a wonderful treat. I also loved his garlic episode with the vampire – he is so goofy! I would love to have this book!!!

    abelmore@purdue.edu

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    Margaret — October 16, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    Love Alton Brown! My favorite shows are his special “Feasting” series…Loved last years Feasting on Waves. Made me want to be there.

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    Sherry G — October 16, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    I loved when he showed how to make your own Dutch Baby pancake at home. the jokes were pretty funny in that episode too.

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    Kathleen (One Tree Past The Fence) — October 17, 2009 at 1:04 am

    How can you not love Romancing the Bird….

    and I do love a good turkey.

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    liv — October 17, 2009 at 1:29 am

    my fave episode was the one about the search for the elusive cake lady. AB wanted to make the best coconut cake ever and hunted down an official cake lady to get her recipe. loved it!

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    sad.reggie — October 17, 2009 at 1:47 am

    I’ve loved AB since I started watching when I was 12 (when it started in ’99!). He’s who got me into cooking in the first place. My favorite episode, hands down, has to be “Squid Pro Quo”.

    Of course I will watch anything and everything with him in it. I even get excited when the Welch’s grape juice commercial comes on!

    I swear Alton Brown taught me way more about cooking than I learned in culinary school. I went in and was like, “Well, I learned that on Good Eats last year!” I would loooove to have gotten to see him!

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    Amanda — October 17, 2009 at 2:00 am

    What a difficult question! Chips for Sister Martha is so good. I’m a chewy, too. I think one of my favorite Good Eats episodes is Apple of My Pie.

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    Miki — October 17, 2009 at 2:13 am

    I ABSOLUTELY LOVE AB’s Chewy Chocolate chip cookie recipe. I adapt it and use browned butter and put in white chocolate, orange zest and dried cranberries. soo good.

    I taught my boyfriend how to cook by watching good eats together :)

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    Fifteen — October 17, 2009 at 2:22 am

    The entire squid bit…the beach, the method, everything…

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    brokenglass — October 17, 2009 at 2:28 am

    Explaining how to determine how much capsaicin is in a pepper with help of his willing subject.

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    Megan — October 17, 2009 at 2:33 am

    I love Alton Brown too! I read your entire write up and really enjoyed it.

    I make my kids watch Good Eats because they learn so much – he makes everything so fascinating.

    It’s hard to narrow one episode down, but one of my favorite recipes of his are crepes. They turn out perfectly every single time.

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    Joy Lamberton — October 17, 2009 at 2:35 am

    I love the rice episode – I mean wow, a thing that is more genetically complex than me should have its own show…

    close second – him squeezing a store bought “tomato” in a vice. It took like 40lbs of pressure before it split. best visual I’ve seen EVER for local and mindfully grown produce!

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    Chacha Latte — October 17, 2009 at 2:42 am

    I don’t have a favorite but I seem to understand why something I cook works or doesn’t when or as I watch his shows. The last one I saw was on salt and that was fascinating. If I only knew cookery is truly chemistry WHEN I suffered through college chemistry, I would have done so much better.

    Viva la Snark!

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    Chari — October 17, 2009 at 2:43 am

    My favorite recipe is raised yeast doughnuts. YUM!

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    anu3bis — October 17, 2009 at 3:19 am

    AB is my kitchen muse. My favorite thing is “I’m Just Here for More Food, which, for me, blew away the line between the technique-driven art of cooking and the precise science of baking.

    Tomorrow, I’m making his breakfast sausage for my wife’s birthday brunch. AB rocks!

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    Jen — October 17, 2009 at 3:54 am

    Oh wow, my husband and I LOVE Alton Brown!!! Even my 6 year old daughter loves to watch Good Eats. She loves the omelet episode. My husband makes his everyday bread recipe in “I’m Just Here for More Food” often. His books are so informative and the show is so witty. It’s definitely in a class of its own.

    Thank you for offering this giveaway!

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    Lorie — October 17, 2009 at 4:33 am

    I LOVE AB!!

    And the Chips for Sister episode is so good! I love them all.
    Cuckoo for Coq au Vin is one of my new favorites…but mostly becaue I think the name is great!

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    BeeKayRoot — October 17, 2009 at 5:16 am

    I don’t know I have a specific memory/moment that I cherish about Alton, but I will say that I love how he is so adventurous in how he tells the viewer simple things. (i.e. costumes, cheesy actors, etc.)

    I feel like he would be a great kindergarden teacher.

    He’s brilliant though, and I would love this book!

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    cookiekenney — October 17, 2009 at 6:49 am

    What an idea to ship cupcakes to loved ones for birthdays. I am definitely going to try this for my son and my sister.
    cookiekenney6@hotmail.com

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    Life on an artistic shoestring — October 17, 2009 at 7:26 am

    My favorite epi was when he was kidnapped after his car broke down and had to make all kinds of potato dishes all night long. Funny!

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    Ashley Betz — October 17, 2009 at 7:30 am

    I love his cinnamon roll and baklava recipe! These are always crowd-pleasers. I love how AB always has fascinating tips.. like how to make rose water. :)

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    kaitlin — October 17, 2009 at 7:32 am

    i’m in love with his cherry couscous pudding recipe. AMAZING. the episode is hilarious too! honestly, i have yet to find even one AB recipe or tip that hasn’t worked for me. i’m dying to read his book!

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    The Purple Foodie — October 17, 2009 at 7:38 am

    I love Alton Brown’s chewy chocolate chip cookie. I love how he gives reasons/facts/trivia about food. You always learn something new when you watch his show.

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    cherylsterling — October 17, 2009 at 11:02 am

    Oh bother, I love Alton Brown. I have a thing for smarty pants boys. He just doesn’t rattle off recipes he educates you. I like that about him. I have already told my husband that I will not be responsible for my actions if I ever get to meet him. One of my favorite Alton-isms is when he talks about “club hand”. I just can not choose one favorite episode.

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    ioh — October 17, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    thanks, he’s funny. i like his commentary for iron chef america, esp when it was rachel vs giada. looking forward to trying his recipes!

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    Bethie — October 17, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    I have always enjoyed Mr.Brown. I have made several of his recipes that two are repeated often are his Cocoa Brownies and Oven Baked Brown Rice. I have to say he made me a brown rice convert. I had no idea how much flavor it has till I fixed his recipe.

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    time4t — October 17, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    OH, My,Gosh!
    I luv Alton Brown. I have watching his show ever since I was nine (I am now nineteen).
    What a cool give away, i love his shows, especilly Good Eats, he is such a great teacher!
    my favorites would havee to be the chocolate episode and the egg episode, but really I love them all!
    Thanks for the opportunity!

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    NSH — October 17, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    I love Good Eats and have a cook’s crush on AB. Of all the episodes, I use the biscuit recipe and coffee brewing tips the most.

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    Aly Cat — October 17, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    My favorite episode is definitely Oat Cuisine. Oatmeal is a staple in my house, so to have an entire episode of Good Eats devoted to it is like dying and going to heaven.

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    tobes — October 17, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    Dr. Strangeloaf by far. Science plus puppets.

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    emtron — October 17, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    Scrap Iron Chef is the best episode ever, because who doesn’t love bacon?

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    Jamieanne — October 17, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    I love Alton Brown! I love how his show combines science and cooking/baking to show how and why it works. I always enjoy his shows, but my favorites are the cookie episode (of course! and I always remember to take my cookies out of the oven BEFORE they look done!) and the ones he’s done about brewing coffee (because I’m a coffee fanatic!). Thanks for this super awesome giveaway, I’m crossing my fingers for myself! :D

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    Nicole (Gilbert) Organ — October 17, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    I love them all, but Romancing the Bird is a classic and a Thanksgiving must-see!

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    Temperance — October 17, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    Woot Alton! honestly they are all favorites, but meeting his nana has to be one of the best

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    mb720 — October 17, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    I love the turkey fryer episode. AB is so creative in making alternative cooking vessels

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    Claudia — October 17, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    I’m a fan of Alton Brown, and while I couldn’t name a favorite recipe or episode (I love them all!), I especially love his soup recipes.

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    Michael — October 17, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    Jen, my favorite recipe is the Chewy, because if it is your favorite, it is mine also.

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    Jan — October 17, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    I love LOVE LOVE his creme brulee! YUM!! :)

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    One SAHD Dude — October 17, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    Definitely Alton’s Dutch Baby recipe. I make one about every week or so. The skit was great too!

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    danny6114 — October 17, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    I like the episode where Alton throws the skirt steak directly onto the coals and cooks it in two minutes!

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    Darkknight — October 17, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    My favorite memory was the part with the yeast puppets jumping into the bowl of water. That’s what got me hooked on the show, it was so random!

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    Ryan — October 17, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    My favorite AB moment is really, really hard to choose. I would have to say its a toss-up between the Down and Out In Paradise episode,the turkey frying episode, or the different times I’ve tried several of his recipies. I love Good Eats :)

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    Theresa — October 17, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    My favorite episode is the original “Man Food” because my then-boyfriend (now husband) had it on when I came in half-way through. I thought Alton was incredibly clever– and a little snarky– an absolute win. We met him in DC a few years back (Feb 2005 I think?) and asked him about the Food Network Thanksgiving special: how did he get the honor of making the main dish (the turkey)? And he responded, “I’ve eaten Emeril’s turkey…” *swoooooon*

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    geet — October 17, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    My favorite episode is Tender is the Loin. I liked the detail in how to process a whole tenderloin.

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    Christopher — October 17, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    Ive been watching for years…my favorite tip and most financially smart one was the ceramic smoker. It works great and is so much cheaper than purchasing a smoker…the funniest one i think is the most recent christmas episode! there are so many more funny moments such as his dress up skits.

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    Curt — October 17, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    My favorite AB memories are getting a chance to meet Alton as the Food Network Southern Food and Wine Festival in Nashville in 2009. I also celebrated his 10th birthday by making all 3 cookie recipes from the chocolate chip cookie show. I also had friends over for an AB breakfast where I made breakfast recipes from AB.

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    loltofu — October 17, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    I remember the first time I didn’t flip past his show. I was always a little confused by his show, and thought it was just SO simple (being the food snob that I am). The first episode I watched in its entirety was the sawmill gravy episode, and I was completely hooked. From then on, I’ve known how to make gravy (including the most decadent vegetarian sausage gravy) without ever consulting recipes. That’s the magic of Alton, isn’t it? He doesn’t teach you to follow recipes, he teaches you how to COOK.

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    friedgreentomatoes — October 17, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    I love AB’s Peanut Butter Fudge recipe. So easy in the microwave and everyone always wants the recipe for it.

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    Lauren H — October 17, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    There isn’t one specific episode that I love but what I enjoy most is the fact that he integrates chemistry into his cooking. For me, that inspires me to want to make things and experiment with food. It also makes me think more about the process of cooking and what happens. From the book I would hope to gain more information on that part of cooking.

    Alton Brown has also been the inspiration for my friends to sit down and have a dinner together with each of us bringing different recipes (many which are Alton Brown’s) – this is something that brings us closer together and let’s us try new foods. Another thing that I would hope to gain from this.

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    paintress — October 17, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    I love the one where he does a spin off of the iron chef set in a junkyard. Love this guy! Enjoy the way he explains things and the how and why of how things work! Laughter in the kitchen makes everything taste better.

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    Emily — October 17, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    I LOVE Alton Brown! Whenever he’s on TV I grab my boyfriend and we sit there highly amused and interested by all his little factual tidbits. I really enjoy every episode, but my favorites are the ones I can readily apply to my everyday cooking, such as the famous chocolate chip episode. :)

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    Leah — October 17, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    Boston girl here!
    I would NEVER be able to choose one episode as a favorite. Alton Brown is my absolute favorite. I utilize his marinade techniques all the time, love the crepes episode, love the cupcake episode, I just love love love.

    I would <3 this cookbook!

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    Rachel Ricchio — October 17, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    my favorite episode was about the different types of ice cream, gelato, etc. it made me want to make my own ice cream!

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    Amanda — October 17, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    The funniest episode was the one where he made marshmallows. He dressed up as Colonel Sanders and made ambrosia. My husband and I watched that part twice because we thought it was so hilarious. Just thinking about it makes me want to watch it again!

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    Dasha — October 17, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    I love ‘em all…but I was really happy when he did American Pickle and Jam Session…showing us how to make things that people used to make at home all the time rather than buying them…and they taste sooooooo much better homemade!

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    Jenni — October 17, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    I don’t have a fave from AB. I love all of his episodes of Good Eats. It’s my favorite food show!

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    Ian — October 17, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    I absolutely love AB specifically for his chemically-intensive introductions to both rice cooking and baking among many other things. The fight between rice and the spoon in making risotto made me laugh, and it’s because of him I know about amylopectin and amylose.

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    Little Miss Hova — October 17, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    This Supds for You Too is my favorite episode but I love them all. I heart Alton!

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    Mark — October 17, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    Asking for just 1 favorite Good Eats ep? Man, that’s too hard. I guess I’ll go with Scrap Iron Chef: Bacon Challenge because it was cool to see him use all the junkyard stuff to cook; kinda a break from the norm of the kitchen.

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    Adam Yala — October 17, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    Three chips for sister marsha all the way. It launched on my cookie making adventures!

    My favorite good eats memory is by far the cutting board blues jam with AB on harmonica.

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    ziraray — October 17, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    Alton Brown taught me how to make a good cup of tea. I’m a huge fan of loose-leaf tea, but Alton Brown was responsible for refining my method–he informed me that I should just let the tea leaves float freely in the pot before straining instead of fiddling with those little mesh baskets that fit into the teapot, and my tea has been much better ever since.

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    er.aka.blo — October 17, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    I really liked the brewing beer episode, mmmmmh beeeer !!

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    Mark Langford — October 17, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    I love the turkey episode where he gave us his brine recipe. I have used this recipe every time I’ve done a turkey, and it ALWAYS comes out fantastic. If you want a great turkey, BRINE IT the AB way.

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    Danny — October 17, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    He’s added amazing production values to cooking shows. Nearly everything he’s done is great. My personal favorite has to be the man food show and sliders!

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    Stephany — October 17, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    I’m a big fan of the episode when he makes Gyros on his grill! I also adore anytime he has the food anthropologist on – she’s wonderful!

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    Erik — October 17, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    No unitaskers – well, except one. That’s my biggest takeaway.

    I use his paper bag with staples microwave popcorn hack all the time.

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    Ian — October 17, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    Favorite show is the Man Food Show. My boys and I have watched it so many times. They loved the segments after the commercials. We also made the corn dogs outside for all their cousins. Great time!

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    Kristina R. — October 17, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    I love AB. Much to my husband’s dismay, he is my man crush. Partly because I love his show and partly because his brined turkey recipe made me a star last Thanksgiving.

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    Lilola — October 17, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    I am crazy about the man!! I loved the “Let Them Eat Foam” episode…

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    Brave Sir Robin — October 17, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    The best episode EVER – is the one spoofing Iron Chef, where he makes bacon in the junkyard.

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    Jasmine — October 17, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    I love the entire cheesecake episode. Besides loving cheesecake, it’s the good ol’ days of silly science and Elvis is an alien jokes.

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    Mai — October 17, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    I think my favorite episode is the brewing beer episode, I really enjoyed how the episode played out. As to my favorite recipe, it’s probably the macaroni and cheese recipe

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    Laura — October 17, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    It’s so hard to pick a favorite…but right now I’m craving steak, and his t-bone recipe (stove-top to oven) is absolutely fantastically good eats.

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    Sierra Starsong — October 17, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    For me, the first “Good Eats” episode that comes to mind was a Junkyard Wars ripoff, making either bacon or ham (I forget which) by building smokers from old school lockers and whatever other scrap he could find, battling against a little old granny that kept cheating.

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    Vien Nguyen — October 17, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    My favorite was episode – shell game IV – about scallops! Everything looked so tasty I had to try them out at a restaurant first to “see how they should taste like” and on my second try, I found out I was allergic to them. Aha, not good eats. But my fav Good Eats Episode next to the haggis recipe, I totally wouldn’t eat haggis… but it was just so funny I was laughing out loud the entire time!

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    Charlene — October 17, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    My favorite Alton tip is that when washing herbs you need at least 5″ of water for the dirt to settle on the bottom of the container where it will stay unless, of course, you stir it back up.

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    Clint — October 17, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    i liked the peppercorn episode

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    TScottW99 — October 17, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    My favorite recipe is the upside down corn grit pineapple cake. I do love the Chips for Sister Marsha also though, my favorite cookie recipe.

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    Piee — October 17, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    My favorite one has got to be the beer brewing one. He makes me so happy when I watch his show.

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    Julie — October 17, 2009 at 11:52 pm

    I love Alton Brown. I don’t think I could pick a favorite episode because each one I see becomes my new favorite.

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    Heather — October 18, 2009 at 12:04 am

    love the soft pretzel episode

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    Chris — October 18, 2009 at 1:13 am

    I love everything Alton does, I’ve learned so much from him and he is a lot of fun. My favorite is the Dining on Asphalt, being over the road truck drivers and motorcycle enthusiasts. I hated to see Alton get hurt, but I thought it was neat that they incorporated that into the show. I hope they do another season!

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    TranceGemini12 — October 18, 2009 at 1:31 am

    “What’s Up, Duck?” gave me the courage to cook duck @ home…and my family LOVED it!

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    Space Monkey 1138 — October 18, 2009 at 2:11 am

    My favorite AB tip was using Dr. Pepper for baking a ham! Wow, did that ever turn out good. The sweet/salty conbo was perfect.

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    meliass — October 18, 2009 at 2:26 am

    My favorite episode is the one where he taught us how to make bacon!

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    Bret — October 18, 2009 at 2:38 am

    Love ‘em all.
    Just watched the Southern biscuit episode the other day. Got up right after and went to the store, bought flour and made biscuits. My Texas GF whipped up some white pepper gravy and we were happy campers.

    The Fried Chicken episode is the first one I remember watching and I was hooked by the time it was over. I also wanted some fried chicken.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    bret1t at gmail dot com

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    Skarms — October 18, 2009 at 2:50 am

    My favorite episode is the take-off on Misery with all the potato recipes. Alton’s book would become my go-to book on how to do, well….everything.

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    Skarms — October 18, 2009 at 2:51 am

    My favorite recipe is the take-off on Misery with all the potato recipes. I would learn so much from Alton’s book. It would become my go-to resource for, well… everything!!

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    Robin — October 18, 2009 at 3:05 am

    I’d have to say that my favorite episode of Good Eats is the Vanilla one. I think this because it was the first Good Eats episode I ever saw, and you never forget your first :P

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    Meredith — October 18, 2009 at 3:05 am

    Alton is the personal hero of my husband. I also love him, but I know that my love does not compare to that of my dear hubbie.

    Our favorite Alton recipe is his baked “boiled” eggs. Every time I read the recipe I can’t believe it, but it is true.

    Cold eggs in a cold oven straight on the rack.
    Turn the oven to 325F and the timer for 30 minutes
    Immediately plunge in ice water.

    Incredibly creamy eggs – especially the yokes. And for some reason it just seems so much easier than boiling.

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    zach — October 18, 2009 at 3:18 am

    Pancake episode

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    jackmanfan — October 18, 2009 at 3:24 am

    I love any of the shows with BA and Alton,I think they are very clever…

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    Tracey — October 18, 2009 at 3:27 am

    Awesome giveaway! I love Alton! I have so many favorite episodes I’m not sure I can choose just one. I’m a big fan of the cinnamon roll episode.

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    Aimee — October 18, 2009 at 3:32 am

    You are so lucky to have met AB!
    When I was a wee lass of 12 ten years ago, I would only watch Food Network for AB, Emeril and Iron Chef, SciFi, and Discovery.

    My favorite episode is Scrap Iron Chef where Alton made Bacon Junkyard Wars style! How ironic he ended up hosting Iron Chef America!

    My favorite recipe, as much as I love The Chewy and AB’s Soft Pretzels, my favorite recipe is his Overnight Cinnamon Rolls. A breeze to make the night before and pop in the oven in the morning. I always make them when I have people over.

    I’m always making Alton’s recipes. My boyfriend is currently in love with his curried mango pocket pie filling. He also loves AB’s chicken pot pie. I make his recipe’s so much my college roommates bought a sign for our kitchen that says “Good Eats Served Here”

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    Jen — October 18, 2009 at 4:45 am

    What I love about Alton Brown is that he’s as good a teacher as he is a chef. His demonstrations and learning devices are so clever.

    I’ll never forget the episode about fudge.. I learned more about candy making in 30 minutes from him that I did in the previous ten years of my candy making life!

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    Xanny — October 18, 2009 at 4:57 am

    I love the episode about pizza. I use his pizza dough recipe every time.

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    Audrey — October 18, 2009 at 5:13 am

    I LOVE Alton Brown! In fact, I used to watch his shows so much that my then 2 year old daughter called him “Uncle Brown” (only because she couldn’t pronounce Alton). She’s 5 now but still calls him Uncle Brown.

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    quickbite — October 18, 2009 at 5:15 am

    I like when his sister comes to discuss cookies with him…very silly, very funny!

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    Emily Daniels — October 18, 2009 at 5:24 am

    I LOVE all of his recipes, but I really love the one where he makes spareribs! I love spareribs and am always looking for a new method, but I’m pretty sure I’ve found my favorite.

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    Emily Daniels — October 18, 2009 at 5:24 am

    I LOVE all of his recipes, but I really love the one where he makes spareribs! I love spareribs and am always looking for a new method, but I’m pretty sure I’ve found my favorite.

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    Kristi — October 18, 2009 at 5:31 am

    I like the one about hamburgers, I don’t know what it’s called though.

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    Amy — October 18, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    I LOVE Alton Brown and Good Eats! The show is so funny, and I always learn something. One of my favorite recipes from Good Eats is Cocoa Syrup. It’s quick, easy, and tastes great on ice cream.

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    unlovething — October 18, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    I love the episode where he teaches his “nephew” to cook and his “sister” keeps freaking out and interrupting.
    Jillian

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    DillonMarx — October 18, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    Its hard to just pick one episode. I like them all but my favorite Alton Brown moment was when he was on Jimmy Fallon and they made the carbonated smoothies.

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    Trisha — October 18, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    There are so many awesome episodes! My all time favorite one though is the wonderous waffles b/c theere were like 4 great waffle recipes. great giveaway!!
    paislie98 at hotmail dot com

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    thewaytohisheart — October 18, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    My fav. episode is the Thanksgiving special and the Turkey frying one. Yes, it’s two but they are kind of the same thing. I just love how AB is AB with the turkey. He debunks everything and makes a great meal!

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    Jingle — October 18, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    The STEAK episode!!! It has revolutionized steak in our house! LOL! I have the picture of the cow all parted out hanging on our fridge! I downloaded it from the AB website and colored it and mounted it and everything! LOL! We are HUGE AB fans around here!!! I wish I had known about this event because I SO would have been there!

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    jasminedagreat — October 18, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    My favorite episode is “Coconut Cake Revival” when the cakes are ready to be frosted and he takes off the parchment paper and says, “Don’t leave that on -licks-…Ever.”

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    seejencook — October 18, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    I love Alton Brown! I have a hard time choosing just one episode that I love, but I think my favorite was the one on yeast with the burping sock puppets…hilarious and informative!

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    Leigh — October 18, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    I love the bread and yeast shows also! I used it to explain to my son’s fourth grade class why their bread rose, yeast farts, yummy! We also love the scrap Iron Chef episode, his bacon brine is our go-to recipe every fall.

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    Susie — October 18, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    I can’t single it out to just one (or even two). I adore AB, totally and utterly. He is quirky, all-food-knowing, and just so darn funny!

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    Newman's girl — October 18, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    It is hard to pick just one. We love the chewy and the baked meatballs. I learned so much from the episode where he cuts a part a whole chicken (with the dino-cam). And it is the only cooking show my husband likes to watch as much as me!

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    Mike — October 18, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    I couldn’t pick a favorite Good Eats episode, but I do love his commentary on Iron Chef America.

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    Jen — October 18, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    My favorite is his soft pretzals although I haven’t found the recipe since. He taught me how to keep my bread dough in my bowl. Love it!

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    Andrew's Mom — October 18, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    I love Alton Brown too….I think it was the pancake one or the one with mac and cheese with his nephew that I liked the most.

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    impudentchit — October 18, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    Omgiod. I looove AB! You’re so luck! :D I’ve watched every episode. He is what got me through college and is now helping me survive grad school!

    My favorite would have to be the Sheperd’s Pie episode! Or the Chili one. Mmm! Funny, and delicious!

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    Michelle — October 18, 2009 at 11:56 pm

    My favorite episode has to be the Broccoli episode! Learning how to cook broccoli properly is so important, and it makes it so awesome to eat!

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    Laura — October 18, 2009 at 11:57 pm

    What a wonderful giveaway. I must say I love the chili episode the best. It’s the first episode I ever watched, and I thought it was odd at the time…but he grew on me like a fungus.

    So cool you got to meet him! Thanks for this!

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    Laura — October 18, 2009 at 11:58 pm

    For whom the cheese melts, great give away.

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    Jessirenae485 — October 19, 2009 at 12:55 am

    I just like the science behind his shows but I like the vanilla bean episode…So much knowledge there.

    Jessi
    Jessirenae485@aol.com

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    AYAMI — October 19, 2009 at 12:56 am

    I always think of the fried chicken episode. Classic Alton filled with great tips!

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    Rebecca — October 19, 2009 at 1:54 am

    I like AB on Iron Chef! He’s so crazy knowledgeable.

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    Ky — October 19, 2009 at 2:51 am

    Tender is the Loin 1 is my favorite episode, especially the Steak au Poivre recipe. But then again, I love anything AB puts together.

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    Atam — October 19, 2009 at 3:00 am

    I am a foodie but my scientist boyfriend finds cooking to be a chore. To get him to help more in the kitchen, I searched the Good Eats Fan Page and found episodes featuring his favorite dishes. Then I made sure he was around when I played those episodes on my computer, knowing the food AND the science would peak his curiosity. Now he loves Alton almost as much as I do, and we cook alot of Good Eats together!

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    cassie — October 19, 2009 at 4:10 am

    we love the chewy cookie recipe in our house!!! oh how we LOVE alton brown in our home!

    sassiesissie(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    Kelly — October 19, 2009 at 4:10 am

    Alton Brown is one of the few to reach the coveted status of my “TV boyfriend”. The title is shared between him and Anthony Bourdain.

    I love the avocado episode, where he uses it to make cake frosting. I also have come to disdain kitchen “unitaskers” thanks to AB.

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    Brian McElfresh — October 19, 2009 at 4:24 am

    The Haggish clip for sure!

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    Ruth — October 19, 2009 at 7:34 am

    I’ve only seen AB’s clips on Hulu but I’ve tried “The Chewy” and “The Puffy.”

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    M — October 19, 2009 at 11:33 am

    For my favorite I think I have to go with “Steak Your Claim”. This episode introduced us to a quirky yet lovable nerd-chef who would in the following years solidify a place in our hearts and kitchens. With his band of characters, both real and fictitious he has provided us with an incredible wealth of knowledge from culinary history, to breaking down the science of foods and cooking to dissecting the various tools and showing us how to make them when applicable.

    So I can see no better episode than that which introduced us to this crafty culinarian which seemed to spring up not from the CIA but out of the Footlights Revue.

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    tangeibook — October 19, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    I love Good Eats! I’ve tested out a few recipes and they’ve turned out great. During this cooler weather I’ve been making the steel cut oats. Love the multi-tasking tools.

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    Crystal — October 19, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    Ok. I have never watched Good Eats or tried any of Alton Brown’s recipes. So, I went and watched a few videos, and I think I’m in love! I want to make Dulce de Leche.

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    cjmills — October 19, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    I’m trying to remember my favorite episode but there are so many. I just find them all entertaining! My favorite go-to recipes are for the Chewy and Overnight Cinnamon Rolls.

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    Andrea — October 19, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    I LOVE Alton Brown!!! My most memorable Alton recipe is from his original Thanksgiving episode. I was about 23, had a new baby, new home and hosting Thanksgiving for the 1st time…. for 22 people. I was scared. I taped the episode and followed his Brined Turkey recipe to a “T”. It was AMAZING!! And to this day, it is still what my family asks for every year… :)

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    mrsdanigirl8 — October 19, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    I don’t know what episode title it was but I LOVE Alton Brown’s overnight cinnamon rolls. They are now my go-to cinnamon roll recipe for every brunch!

    http://tinyurl.com/ykr2jns

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    cera — October 19, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    I really enjoy the episode where he bakes cupcakes in actual cups- who knew!

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    Judellen — October 19, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    I love “In the Bulb of the Night” Vlad and W are hilarious + great recipes & tool tips. The man does it all!

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    Shannon — October 19, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    ooh, alton brown!! i love everything i learn from him :)

    his peach upside down cakes were fab!! although i’ve never tried anything i didn’t like ;)

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    spngebobmyhero — October 19, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    My favorite episode of Good Eats is the biscuit making one. I love his interactions with his grandmother (who is his real grandmother!) and he makes biscuit making seem so simple!

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    Danielle Thomas — October 19, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    My favorite episode is A Chuck for Chuck. It makes me laugh every time I watch it, and its great for cheering me up. I really wanted to see Alton when he was in Chicago recently, because that’s closest to where I live, but I wasn’t able to get there. Hopefully I get lucky this time.

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    Bekah — October 19, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    It’s hard to pick one favorite episode…they are all great! I like the sushi one because I’ve always wanted to make my own. Great giveaway!

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    Marc & Sarah — October 19, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    My husband and I love Alton Brown! We especially liked the chicken wings episode where he used a steamer to make them. mmmmm!

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    Marc & Sarah — October 19, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    My husband and I love Alton Brown! We especially liked the chicken wings episode where he used a steamer to make them. mmmmm!

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    Bee — October 19, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    I don’t know the name of my Fav episode but it was the one that he talks about how to make an omelette. I love omelettes and learned the proper way to make them!

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    Micalela — October 19, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    HAGGIS! I loved that show. I agree with Alton it is my favorite. Hardly ever see it in rerun but it’s a gas.

    I also like the pretzel show. Didn’t think I could make good pretzels at home but following his recipe it’s actually easy.

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    Carl — October 20, 2009 at 2:17 am

    My favorite episodes are the Dr Pepper Ham (country ham ) and the bananas foster. But what’s even better is the interest in cooking my son has since watching Alton Brown. He makes it fun and interesting.

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    ellysaysopa — October 20, 2009 at 2:25 am

    My two favorite Alton Brown methods are for a pan-seared ribeye and baked brown rice. Mmm.

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    Justine — October 20, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    My favorite episode is the “biscuits with Ma Mae”. I met AB a few years ago at a signing and I thanked him for sharing his grandmother with me. I told him I had a Grandma Mae but she and I never got the chance to cook together.

    After I left the booksigning I felt so completely dorky for tearing up when I met AB. He was patient with me. I was completely nonplussed by the attention and eye contact. He was not only signing books, he was “present and accounted for”! :)

    I still feel embarassed and dorky when I think about it though! I’m still working on perfecting my “biscuit groove”. Each time I put a thumbprint in the top before I bake them, I think of AB & his “Ma Mae” and I smile.

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    zethw — October 20, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    Amber waves of grain…the beer brewing episode. I remember first hearing about Alton in Wired Magazine several years ago. He was being described as Mr. Wizard meets Julia Childs and MacGyver. Brilliant

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    Holly — October 20, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    My favorite Alton Brown recipe is his Chocolate Chip Cookies. I love chocolate chip cookies, especially his!!

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    madebymel — October 20, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    I love AB! I have learned so much from his shows. The first episode that comes to mind is the classic, Chips for Sister Martha!

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    Brian V. — October 20, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    My first ever for reals reals cooking project was his recipe for potstickers. Its pretty much responsible for me getting into food as much as I have. I owe that kat a lot.

    http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/perfect-potstickers-recipe/index.html

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    Christine — October 20, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    I’ve been a fan for years and years, I love the fact that he’s a cross between Julia Child and MacGyver!! My fave recipe is his homemade fudge, totally awesome.

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    BBro — October 20, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    I loved his biscuit episode. If only I could remember how to make is granny’s biscuits!

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    Jelli Bean — October 20, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    My favorite episode is the Man Food episode, when Alton urges the men to get their wives away from the tv, charging that he’ll be teaching the husbands how to make a delightful breakfast for wifey, when really he teaches corndogs and fried things.

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    nutmegnanny — October 21, 2009 at 3:31 am

    I have been away on vacation and when I saw you were doing this giveaway I about freaked! First I’m so jealous you got to meet AB….that is dream of mine. Second I’m almost giddy in excitement that I might win this totally awesome prize. I have my fingers and toes crossed!!! Now my favorite episode of Good Eats is where he makes pickles. Since watching that episode my boyfriend and I have perfect the art:)

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    Chris — October 21, 2009 at 4:40 am

    I liked the one where he talked about different nut butters, mainly because I like making almond and pecan butter. Yummy!

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    Serean — October 21, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    My favorite recipe is the chocolate-dipped macaroons. Yum!

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    Erik — October 21, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    My favorite episode was when Alton Brown showed how to cook Ahi Tuna on the chimney charcoal starter. It works out perfectly every time.

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    Katrina — October 21, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    Favorite thing about AB is that he’s funny besides teaching something in the kitchen. For some reason, I made his Chewy CCC and it didn’t turn out great–but your blog is encouraging me to make it again. And I’m gonna.
    We love his jerky making eposide about air drying instead of heat drying. My husband loves jerky!

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    Mansi — October 21, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    Oh, I just love AB!! He’s such a talented chef, and the insight he provides behind each ingredient and recipe is what makes him, and Good Eats, a perfect cooking show!

    I love all his baked goodies!!:)

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    Annette M. — October 22, 2009 at 1:48 am

    The chewy is my favorite!

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    Andrew — October 22, 2009 at 2:31 am

    The Misery episode about potatoes is genius…and the popover episode really changed the way I thought about baked goods.

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    steph — October 22, 2009 at 2:43 am

    The one that comes to my mind right now is the potato episode with the creepy fan lady. Mostly, Alton Brown is my hero because he makes science accessible! I was lucky enough to see him speak at an Institute of Food Technologists convention, and he is really, truly awesome.

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    Steven — October 22, 2009 at 3:50 am

    I love the fact that AB had a beer episode on food network. That was so ballsy! He motivated me to try homebrew.

    steven.pirrello (at) gmail (dot) com

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    AnonymousBosch — October 22, 2009 at 4:02 am

    I have always loved his mixture of science, food and sense of humor when applied to cooking. My favorite episode, so far, is when he showed how to make a guerilla-styled smoker in the backyard. I actually went out and bought all the components, but have yet to find a good time to build it.

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    seventh sister — October 22, 2009 at 4:33 am

    my favorite episode is the first one I ever saw, A Bowl of Onion. Alton is dressed up in this onion costume that was hilarious. I was hooked immediately. I guess you could say that he had me at onion.

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    Emily — October 22, 2009 at 4:42 am

    The Egg Files! Alton has a wonderful way of showing an entire spectrum of possibilities in 25 min (unless it’s 2-parter) Whether it’s creating a simple breakfast or an impressive souffle Alton rocks and has taught me so much!

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    D — October 22, 2009 at 5:38 am

    My favorite is the Lentil Soup. It’s to die for!

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    Kristen616 — October 22, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    It’s so hard to pick just one episode/recipe but I did really love the one on pretzels. And the recipe was so good!

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    DPLK — October 22, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    I think the episode with his grandmother where they are making biscuits is the cutest! but I like them all.

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    Justine — October 22, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    I love the episode on cuts of beef! It makes it so easy to understand, and makes me want to run right out and find a reputable butcher immediately!

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    Linda — October 22, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    Last year my family decided to have Thanksgiving Dinner at my house. I had never before even cooked a turkey. I remember one night I was watching the FoodNetwork and Alton Brown was doing a “Dos and Don’ts” of cooking a turkey. He said that the best way to cook a turkey is to brine it. I followed his recipe and the turkey turned out so moist and delicious. I know this is how I will always cook turkey.

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    Julie — October 22, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    I love Alton Brown! I think my favorite episode might be the two back to back ice-cream episodes my husband got sucked into. We learned SO much and our ice cream stays much fresher now!

    That is SO NEAT that you got to meet him! :D

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    deesmelissa — October 22, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    I LOVE Alton!!!!!!!! My favorite episode is where he makes Creme Brulee. A favorite of mine that I make for my friends. It definitely has a “wow” factor!

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    Amy and Jeff — October 22, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    I don’t have a favorite episode, but what I really love about him is he inspires me to learn more about the actual ingredients themselves. Cooking is so much easier/interesting when you know different things about your ingredients and how they grow, how best to store them, etc. And he’s funny. :)

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    Mrs_Fish — October 22, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    I love the episode “The Egg Files.” My husband likes his eggs over easy, and Alton helped me accomplish this. Before, I had only ever scrambled them for breakfast. Seems silly, but it helped.

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    Jen — October 22, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    My favorite is the Chewy – my husband loves them.

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    Audrey — October 22, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    I love all his episodes…especially when the camera is angled so that you can his face / head from inside the fridge. So funny!

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    Julie — October 22, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    My husband and I DVR every episode! I liked the episode where he was hiding the veggies for his niece – the parsnips.

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    am+a — October 22, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    I love the tuna recipes he does. Super yum! And my husband and I have not fried bacon since we saw Alton put them in the oven. Double Yum!

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    Allison — October 22, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    I’m a huge Good Eats fan, my current favorite is the “How to deep fry a turkey” episode. So many great tips that we are going to use for our Thanksgiving turkey this year!

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    stadvocate — October 22, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    My total favorite episode was the one all about bread. I love to cook breads every year for christmas and i always had to dedicate nearly a week of my time to make bread. He’s given me new insight on methods, as well as his ‘hardware’ he uses with making bread.. the new episode with the whole sweeney todd thing was pretty epic too! he’s so funny!

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    mamakrystal — October 23, 2009 at 12:20 am

    Geeesh, I feel like playing tug of war with this question. It’s so hard to pick…but on the top of our list would have to be, Tender is the loin. This was the hubs & I starting point in our cooking career. We have this episode permanently saved in our dvr. Filet au Poivre is our fave steak dinner.

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    thoomp — October 23, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    Favorite episode? Probably the Chili (with an E!) episode with Rusty. My wife and quote that episode all the time…

    Seth AT bigbluetag DOT Com

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    Rachel — October 28, 2009 at 4:56 am

    My sister and I are both head-over-heels for Alton Brown and Good Eats. My favorite episode would have to be Popover Sometime. We saw this episode just a few days after learning that our mother loved popovers but hadn’t had them since her grandmother died. Thanks to Alton Brown I was able to make them for her on Mothers Day.

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    www.bookofseven.com — February 26, 2013 at 3:35 am

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