Does /ck/ like Alton Brown? I think he's funny and cool. How do you guys feel about Good Eats?
He offers a lot of good explanations. I hate the people that only watch him and blindly follow stupid rules like "no unitaskers" when the whole point is to critically evaluate whatever you bring into the kitchen and avoid obvious junk that you'll never use is and is hard to clean.
AB doesn't take himself seriously at all, but he takes food very seriously indeed. It made a good combination for an entertaining TV show about cooking; however, I really don't like competition shows in general, so other stuff he's been a part of sucks--like Cutthroat Kitchen or the Food Network Star*Search--and it doesn't help my opinion of him. Iron Chef America is OK, because it features real pros.
Hey man, ya gotta earn a living somehow. I kinda like Cuthroat, never really tune in but I'll watch it if I'm just flipping channels. Like you just said, I don't think the show takes itself too seriously. Pretty campy. I'm going to his live show this April. High hopes.
I'd like to say he's Bill Nye for adults, but instead he's Bill Nye for kids. His gay little skits, his "i suck cock" expressions, I'm sure in real life he's cool when he's not in character, but on television he's unwatchable.
You can find the science and methods and reasons why you do the things you do elsewhere. Don't watch this guy.
Tbh good eats is probably the best cooking show in tv.
It doesn't teach you just recipes. It teaches you how to cook and WHY certain things are done the way they are, from a flavour perspective, from a scientific perspective, from a cultural and historical perspective and from a health and hygiene perspective.
He's also charismatic and funny. He isn't permanently on his soapbox like certain other chefs, but when he does get on his soapbox it's for important things (proper technique to get the right results and preserve the cultural and historical importance of certain dishes, buying sustainable to ensure future generations can enjoy the art of cooking).
He's honestly goat. Huge fan.
Yes and yes. I still sometimes put on a random ep of Good Eats as I fall asleep
Food aside, the production of good eats is amazing. I notice details that I didn't see before when I re-watch it. I missed a chance to see AB live when he was in my town, maybe he'll be back.
He's a food personality who's an average American underneath
Good Eats is a very good show though. It teaches without bullshitting you, gives you the basics about everything and some advanced tricks too. There's a torrent of everything Good Eats on Pirate Bay still IIRC, it's a fuck ton of gigs but it's a good collection.
No he's not.
He worked in video production and decided that he didn't like that how most cooking shows just go over a recipe without explaining what the steps and ingredients actually do. He thought he could do a better job, so he went to culinary school to learn how to cook, and built the show from there.
Good Eats is a B+ cooking show.
- campy bits all over the place
- understanding of certain ingredients a bit dated now
Alton can speak with authority about food, but he often times is too forceful and opinionated, which makes him border on unscientific. The bits in the show can sometimes be informative, like a kid's science display, but are annoying if you're not into them.
The cooking game shows are mindless entertainment. Cutthroat Kitchen is also needlessly liberal. Alton has this quirky mad scientist persona that can be so cringe, too.
>How do you guys feel about Good Eats?
Good Eats is the only TV show I've ever purchased on DVD to watch over and over again. Fucking love it.
Especially W in that black leather catsuit... OMG...
>Cutthroat Kitchen is also needlessly liberal.
Never watched it, but what do you mean? Like pushing recent food fads, pushing environmentally-motivated food ideas, de-emphasizing white males/Western food ideas, or what?
How on earth can you watch it over and over again? I can see it being interesting when it's new and you don't know the information that he is presenting. But once you know it, it's painful. It's like attending grade school all over again...listing to someone explain very slowly something that you ALREADY KNOW.
Awesome show, and I like Alton a lot. Maybe I'm biased as a scientist, but I love his approach to the craft, and the historical factoids are great too. I don't watch Good Eats with the mindset of cooking, however. It's more like a learning experience.
The format made sense in a time when it was on network tv. Its still pretty interesting the first tiem you watch all the way through, but its frustrating as fuck when youre trying to watch an episode for just one recipe
I really like Alton. His recipes are solid, and he has a really dorky affect - he likes to reference old movies and stuff in Good Eats, he likes to do the James Bond villain/mad scientist in Cutthroat Kitchen, he enjoys his puns - and I find that dorkiness to be very relatable.
Also, because he explains the 'why' to a lot of things, he's been the only cooking persona that my gf has had any interest in watching, and she's starting to become a better cook as a result.