6 Things I Didn’t Know About Alton Brown

Alton Brown is a character on TV.

He’s a better character in person.

Anyone who has anything to do with cooking likely knows his “Good Eats” franchise. New fans may know him from “Cutthroat Kitchen” or “Food Network Star”. I’m not a fan of ‘Kitchen” so I questioned whether I would take the time to hear him speak at a very crowded Book People in Austin. (His book tour schedule is here.) I’m glad I did. His wit, sarcasm, snark and charm were so much more appealing than the “character” he plays on “Kitchen”.

So, here are 6 Things I Didn’t Know about Alton Brown:

brown-2He’s all-American! He proudly touted that his new book was printed in America because “I love America.” That was met with applause and cheer.

“Good Eats” is coming back. He’s going straight to the web though. The show will not return to traditional broadcast. “We’ll deal with how we pay for it down the road some how.” Brown makes no excuses about how he doesn’t like being controlled by network executives who oversee his shows. He wants full control…and going directly to the web will allow that.

He likes pastas for breakfast. Finally someone says it! Well, at least he questioned why we wait until the end of the day to eat heavy meals like pasta. In his new book he has a breakfast pasta carbonara. (Recipe here)

He listens to jazz while cooking. “Mainly 50’s, 60’s” jazz he pointed out.

brownHis team shot all of the photos in his new book with an iPhone. He makes a great case that the technology behind the camera can too often drive what we see on the plate – we make adjustments to let technology help for a better shot. He prefers to make the food, let the food drive the photos and photograph it with a camera most of us have.

His new book “Everyday Cook” has some “mistakes”. He pointed out that after the book was published he found parts of a few recipes that he wanted to “clarify”. You gotta give the guy credit for fessing up. (More here).


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