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Summer Reading: I'm Just Here For The Food

Summer Reading: I'm Just Here For The Food

The second season of Alton Brown's travel show Feasting on Asphalt premieres this Saturday, and I must admit, I am really looking forward to it. Alton is one of my favorite celebrity chefs, mostly because of his geeky scientific approach to cooking. In his first book, I'm Just Here for the Food, AB delivers the goods just like you would expect. There are recipes, science, history and lots of detailed instructions and handy diagrams. Much like his Good Eats tv show, Alton's book helps you understand your food, not just cook it. There's science behind it all and he wants to help you figure it out. Although there are recipes in the book, what Alton is really providing to his reader is knowledge. Know how things work, and you'll be able to do it yourself. Oh and did I mention that he does it in a way that is technical and somehow still loads of fun?

If you're an Alton fan and don't own this book, you should definitely remedy that. And if you've ever found yourself wondering about the how and whys in the kitchen, then definitely check this book out. In the recently updated 2.0 version of the book, there are now 15 more recipes and 4 refrigerator magnets. If you don't have the first edition, skip straight to this one. If you do have the first edition, not a lot has changed to justify a new copy.

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norak norak 8 years
alton's my favorite, after giada of course, but not rachael<---YUCK! she has no cred.
norak norak 8 years
alton's my favorite, after giada of course, but not rachael<---YUCK! she has no cred.
SweetE SweetE 8 years
This is a great cookbook...Alton gives this great analogy that if someone gives you directions and you get lost, you're jacked..but if they give you a map, you're set even if something goes wrong. He says his cookbook is like a map, not just directions...love it.
colormesticky colormesticky 8 years
He was a jerk on The Next Food Network Star, but so were most of the contestants. I would've been rude to them too. That said, I lurve me some Alton.
redsugar redsugar 8 years
I heart Alton Brown. I am constantly amazed at the visuals he and his team come up with to explain things.
lilchocoholick lilchocoholick 8 years
I LOVE Alton Brown. I am half way through reading this cookbook.. I am mad I completely forgot about the Feasting on Asphalt marathon this week. I can't wait for this new season of road food!! :-)
lilchocoholick lilchocoholick 8 years
I LOVE Alton Brown. I am half way through reading this cookbook.. I am mad I completely forgot about the Feasting on Asphalt marathon this week. I can't wait for this new season of road food!! :-)
ReverendZelda ReverendZelda 8 years
I spent last night curled up on the couch watching feeding on asphalt and reading cookbooks. The only thing that would have made it better is if it was THIS cookbook. I'll bump it to the top of my massive list of cookbooks that I might die if I don't buy.
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 8 years
I enjoy Alton Brown. I love learning how thinks work!
eaker eaker 8 years
A friend bought me this book on whim. I actually sat down and read it back to front. For a cook book it's an awesome read!
millarci millarci 8 years
I loved Alton Brown until I saw him on Next Food Network Star. I thought he was a jerk. However, he is basically the Food Encyclopedia of the Food Network, so he is very interesting to listen to. I love learning about the science behind the food.
coachgirl0807 coachgirl0807 8 years
For some reason I just can't get myself to like him...too bad since I'm a food networkaholic.
love-chocolate love-chocolate 8 years
lol! i think alton brown puts together a good cooking show.
ALSW ALSW 8 years
Sounds good!
ALSW ALSW 8 years
Sounds good!
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