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An Ode to Alton Brown’s ‘Good Eats’
Daily Beast/ Newweek ^ | Feb 6, 2012 | Laura Colarusso

Posted on 02/10/2012 7:02:29 AM PST by iowamark

TV’s smartest chef, Alton Brown, is ending his blockbuster show after more than a decade.

More than 250 episodes later, Brown has achieved his goal of tutoring the masses, introducing terms like “hygroscopic,” “Maillard reaction,” and “polyphenol oxidase” into the vocabulary of the average home cook. He was the first TV food personality to get cerebral about groceries, helping viewers get to know the properties of ingredients and how best to manipulate them for maximum taste. (What other chef would use Tinkertoys to explain sugar crystallization?)

Brown and his wife, DeAnna, built the Good Eats empire from scratch, shooting the first two episodes them-selves on 16mm film in 1997, but it wasn’t until Kodak put clips of the pilot on its website (the company wanted to showcase what the film could do) that people began to take notice. It took two years, but Food Network picked up the show in 1999.

From there, the show covered every-thing from artichokes to crawfish to yogurt. It spawned a series of cookbooks, nabbing James Beard and Peabody awards along the way for its unique take on food. Each episode focused on a single ingredient or dish—a feature that allowed Brown to delve into history and nutritional information. “Good Eats was a game changer,” says Bob Tuschman, senior vice president of Food Network’s programming. “It expanded the possibilities, in both form and content, of what a food show could be.”

The last Good Eats will air Feb. 10, concluding with a celebration of dark chocolate, so that its bespectacled host can pursue other projects with the channel that made him famous.

The final show, Brown promises, will be the best yet. “We’re not going out with a whimper,” he says. “We pulled out all the stops.”

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TOPICS: Food; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: altonbrown; food; foodnetwork; goodeats; recipes
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1 posted on 02/10/2012 7:02:33 AM PST by iowamark
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To: iowamark

Hands down, the best cooking show of all time.

He won’t be able to top this, but I’m hoping his future efforts are better than Feasting on Asphalt.


2 posted on 02/10/2012 7:09:33 AM PST by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: iowamark

I love AB. His shows have been so fantastic, educational and entertaining.
Sad to see it end, yippee! for reruns.


3 posted on 02/10/2012 7:09:43 AM PST by svcw (Only difference between Romney & BH is one thinks he will be god & other one thinks he already is.)
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To: iowamark

Good Eats fan page:

http://www.goodeatsfanpage.com/GEFP/index.htm


4 posted on 02/10/2012 7:19:24 AM PST by iowamark (The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves)
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I love Good Eats. Even if the subject is some food or drink that does not interest me; the show is always entertaining and informative. I particularly love that "Colonel Sanders" character of his.
5 posted on 02/10/2012 7:24:09 AM PST by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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I loved the show, the characters, and the story the show told about food, especially why to do certain things. I use multiple recipes and techniques I learned from Good Eats. AB is a talented man.


6 posted on 02/10/2012 7:33:19 AM PST by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: Sans-Culotte
I particularly love that "Colonel Sanders" character of his

Heh, I saw that character fry up some catfish a few days ago in a rerun. I always loved his boyish infatuation with the lady in the refrigerator. I think one of my favorite episodes was the "Chili" with an "i" / "Chile" with an "e" episode, LOL.
7 posted on 02/10/2012 7:34:36 AM PST by andyk (Tax credits == Welfare)
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To: iowamark

We learned a lot from AB. Fried chicken? His way. Brining turkey? Who knew? His way.

It wasn’t just what he cooked but the science behind it so you could use it in other recipes and styles.

I still remember his “Haggis” skit. “Eat it or get the back of me hand!” Too funny! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuixJaAia84


8 posted on 02/10/2012 7:49:00 AM PST by Adder (Da bro has GOT to go!)
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Wonderful show. My favorite episode was the one Alton did about coffee and how to brew it. He said using less coffee and more water is what makes the brew bitter, which is the opposite of what most folks think.

Signed, someone who likes her coffee STRONG. :)


9 posted on 02/10/2012 7:53:49 AM PST by CatherineofAragon (I can haz Romney's defeat?)
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To: andyk

“.... chili...”
“With a -”
“SHUT IT!!”


10 posted on 02/10/2012 8:09:35 AM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers ("No. But I will.")
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To: iowamark

It’s been a long time since I watched FN regularly, but I used to really enjoy Good Eats. I watched it a lot when I decided I needed to expand my cooking repertoire beyond stuff in cans and boxes.

I wonder if Alton will follow in the footsteps of Sara Moulton and Ming Tsai and move over to public television...


11 posted on 02/10/2012 8:12:40 AM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers ("No. But I will.")
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To: iowamark

Well done, Mr. Brown. Well done.


12 posted on 02/10/2012 8:23:44 AM PST by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: iowamark

The most informative show on Food Network IMO. They need more shows like that and fewer shows where we just watch somebody else eat.


13 posted on 02/10/2012 9:18:45 AM PST by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: iowamark

2012 already killed 2 of my favorites shows - Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and now Good Eats...


14 posted on 02/10/2012 9:24:14 AM PST by ExCTCitizen (If we stay home in November '12, don't blame 0 for tearing up the CONSTITUTION!!)
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