Friday, October 16, 2009

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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Jessica said...

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

JessCo said...

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!

VeggieGirl said...

Favorite Alton Brown recipe =

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/individual-peach-upside-down-cake-recipe/index.html

Mayra said...

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

Nikki said...

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!

Eva said...

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

Carla said...

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

Julia said...

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.

Sarah said...

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

slush said...

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!

Julie said...

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

rkostakis said...

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!

~ Kristie said...

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

Amy said...

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

overgrownwaltz said...

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

laurasrecipecollection said...

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

bellasbistro said...

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!!

Kayla said...

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

Molly Jean said...

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 ;)

Sarah Hurley said...

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

Brienne said...

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!

Kristy said...

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!

EJacks said...

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

Liz said...

I loved his stuffed grilled pork chops:

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/stuffed-grilled-pork-chops-recipe/index.html

alizardinthegarden said...

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!! :)

Stephanie said...

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

blissfullydelicious said...

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!!

Laura said...

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

Manne said...

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.

grifam93 said...

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.

Lindsay said...

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.

Bridget said...

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

Judge said...

"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?"

Cathy said...

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!

melbyforce said...

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

Jade said...

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!

Michael said...

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.

oneparticularkitchen said...

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

Chachee said...

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

Jennifer said...

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!

JanelleLiv said...

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!

Julie said...

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!

Annie Jo said...

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.

Kat said...

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!

Jaime said...

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.

Nina said...

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.

Joe said...

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.

Edie said...

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.

Darcey said...

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!

Andrea said...

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!)

Heidi said...

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!!

stephchows said...

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!

heart-gayle said...

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.

Heather said...

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

Sarah said...

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!

tastysnacktreats said...

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

Jess said...

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.

blackcatkitchen said...

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.

oneordinaryday said...

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!

HausFrau said...

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!

Rachel said...

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. =)

Lili said...

Favorite recent memory -- grape juice commercials!

Barbara said...

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!

jezinthekitchen said...

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 :)

christenandjames said...

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!

lauren kirsten said...

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

Shauna said...

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!

Linda and Matthew said...

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!

TPOX said...

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

Angry Asian said...

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.

Robby and Stephanie said...

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!

Joanna said...

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

Laurel said...

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

Ellie Delancey said...

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

anni said...

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

Jennifer said...

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!

Elaine said...

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

alexandjess said...

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.

G'ma Jan said...

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

JulieSMendez said...

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!

Cait said...

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!

k.carroll said...

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!

J said...

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.

carmencooks said...

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

Katrina said...

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!

The Blonde Duck said...

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!

ncflaggs said...

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.

Caleb said...

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.

feasting-on-pixels (terrie) said...

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.

Tanya said...

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 :)

wifeplzak said...

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!

Syrah said...

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.

Kristen said...

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! :)

Derrick said...

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

Alinda said...

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

Ryan said...

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!!

Mom2Be said...

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

Eric said...

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.

Meg said...

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

cndymkr / jean said...

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

Jenn said...

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

Kimberly said...

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.

Kerry said...

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

Andrea said...

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!

Brown Sugar said...

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.

Debra said...

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.

~Lana B.~ said...

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

Julie said...

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

Tiff said...

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

clstar said...

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. :)

brickfungus said...

AB's french toast has changed the way we look at french toast... it's all about the oven

Colleen said...

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!

erindekker said...

We LOVE AB's Pork Rib recipe... we watch him whenever he's on! YAY!

annieseats said...

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.

Luke said...

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

Pam said...

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!

cookienurse said...

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

Karin said...

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.

Wizardry of Oz said...

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.

Anu said...

I love the garlic episode with the vampire!

Kamei said...

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...

jCam said...

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.

Jillian said...

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.)

coolcatb said...

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.

Laura said...

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.

Audra said...

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!

becca said...

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! :)

Eve said...

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.

alison claire said...

i love love love the christmas cookie episode!

Jody said...

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...

Jessica B <3 said...

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!!!!

Corinne said...

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!

Frank said...

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

unlovething said...

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

Lana R said...

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!" :)

wittylass said...

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.

Minibrutus said...

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.

Ashlie said...

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

Margaret said...

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

Sherry G said...

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

Kathleen (One Tree Past The Fence) said...

How can you not love Romancing the Bird....

and I do love a good turkey.

liv said...

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!

sad.reggie said...

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!

Amanda said...

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.

Miki said...

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 :)

Fifteen said...

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

brokenglass said...

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

Megan said...

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.

Joy Lamberton said...

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!

Chacha Latte said...

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!

Chari said...

My favorite recipe is raised yeast doughnuts. YUM!

anu3bis said...

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!

Jen said...

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!

Lorie said...

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!

BeeKayRoot said...

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!

cookiekenney said...

What an idea to ship cupcakes to loved ones for birthdays. I am definitely going to try this for my son and my sister.
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Life on an artistic shoestring said...

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!

Ashley Betz said...

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. :)

kaitlin said...

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!

The Purple Foodie said...

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.

cherylsterling said...

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.

ioh said...

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!

Bethie said...

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.

time4t said...

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!

NSH said...

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.

Aly Cat said...

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.

tobes said...

Dr. Strangeloaf by far. Science plus puppets.

emtron said...

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

Jamieanne said...

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

Nicole (Gilbert) Organ said...

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

Temperance said...

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

mb720 said...

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

Claudia said...

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.

Michael said...

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

Jan said...

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

One SAHD Dude said...

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

danny6114 said...

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

Darkknight said...

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!

Ryan said...

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 :)

Theresa said...

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*

geet said...

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

Christopher said...

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.

Curt said...

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.

loltofu said...

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.

friedgreentomatoes said...

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

Lauren H said...

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.

paintress said...

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.

Emily said...

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. :)

Leah said...

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!

Rachel Ricchio said...

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

Amanda said...

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!

Dasha said...

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!

Jenni said...

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

Ian said...

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.

Little Miss Hova said...

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

Mark said...

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.

Adam Yala said...

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.

ziraray said...

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.

er.aka.blo said...

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

Mark Langford said...

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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