Good Eats: The Early Years - Alton Brown (Cookbook)

Released October 2009

My entire family has been a fan of Good Eats since the very beginning. My son's interest in cooking comes from Alton's scientific approach. We own every Alton Brown cookbook, but what's been lacking is the information being pulled from each show into a book. With Good Eats: The Early Years, that information is finally available. Don't get me wrong, his other cookbooks are great, but there are times we want access to tips he's given on his shows and that's what I've been waiting for.

In Good Eats: The Early Years, Alton Brown shares tips shown in the first 80 episodes of Good Eats. In addition, he shares photos and behind the scenes info about these shows. For example, who knew that in an episode about chocolate that he was bleeding from a head wound while filming a portion of the show. It's snippets like that that create a new understanding of just how much effort (sweat, certainly blood and I'm certain some tears) is put into each show.

The Early Years discusses how he refers to "recipes" as applications, so it's kind of weird that the front of the book would boast "with more than 140 recipes." It should say "more than 140 applications." The recipes are some of his best and I'm making a special run to the store later to get chocolate so that I can make his chocolate lava cakes. Think I'll start things off with the garlic clove chicken that's been a favorite for years.

The biggest downfall to this book is that it's heavy. My son suggested we also use it to built arm muscle. There is a job about the ink being part-uranium and given the weight I wouldn't be surprised given how much it does weigh. But the paper's much thicker and that's going to go a long way to keeping this book in great shape for years and years.

When you read, and you will read every page, Good Eats: The Early Years, don't be surprised if you end up reading the cook book more than once. I went through the first time reading the interview, tips and behind-the-scenes info and looking at the pictures. I went through a second time to actually read the "applications" and the footnotes that are included with each recipe.


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