The Early Years
By Alton Brown
(Stewart, Tabori and Chang, Hardcover, 9781584797951, 400pp.)
Publication Date: October 2009
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Alton Brown is a foodie phenomenon: a great cook, a very funny guy, andunderneath it alla science geek who’s as interested in the chemistry of cooking as he is in eating. (Well, almost.) Here, finally, are the books that Brown’s legion of fans have been salivating fortwo volumes that together will provide an unexpurgated record of his long-running, award-winning Food Network TV series, Good Eats. From Pork Fiction” (on baby back ribs), to Citizen Cane” (on caramel sauce), to Oat Cuisine” (on oatmeal), every hilarious episode is represented. Each bookthe second will be published in fall 2010is illustrated with behind-the-scenes photos taken on the Good Eats set. Each contains more than 140 recipes and more than 1,000 photographs and illustrations, along with explanations of techniques, lots of food-science information (of course!), and more food puns, food jokes, and food trivia than you can shake a wooden spoon at.
The Food Network show is not your typical cooking show — it's more of a mix of MacGyver, Mr. Wizard and History Rocks. As the show celebrates its 10th year, Brown talks about looking back to the past for his new book, Good Eats: The Early Years. More at NPR.org
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