Every so often a cookbook comes along that wishes it were a television show. Brown's latest effort actually is a television show, or rather, a marathon of all 80 episodes from the first six seasons of his Food Network hit. Egotistical yet thrifty, Brown interviews himself in the introduction, describing this work as four hundred pages of liner notes. And that is sadly accurate. For all its girth, there are merely 140 recipes, ranging from chocolate syrup to butternut dumplings with brown butter and sage. That these entries appear sequentially exemplifies the book's biggest problem; it is organized by TV episode number, causing readers to repeatedly visit the index to make sure they're not missing anything. The roast turkey is toward the beginning of the book, for example, but the turkey salad is hiding out somewhere in the middle. Recipes that never made it into the show! are promised, but good luck identifying them, and is that really a bonus? Accompanying each meal is a chart labeled, Knowledge Concentrate. These contain the fun, quasi-scientific facts that are the author's bread and butter (The higher the egg-to-dairy ratio, the firmer the custard). The remainder of the pages are cluttered with photo strips, sketches and squiggly lines, lest you get bored and turn on the tube. (Oct.)
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A new object to add to the Alton Brown shrine. The cover is a large poster and will look amazing in a poster frame in my dinning room while inside the book there is so much more... Read morePublished 1 month ago by samantha Kay
This book is awesome! There are so many fun facts and tips throughout.Published 3 months ago by Sunshine
We love Alton Brown and Good Eats and these cookbooks are like having his show in printed form. It's nice to have the recipes right in front of you, and Brown has added commentary... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jana Stocks