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Feb 12, 2007 02:04 PM

Alton Brown is my hero.

Not only is Alton Brown hugely entertaining, but he actually helps me understand why cooking works the way it does. Understanding leads to long-term skill, which ultimately leads me to freedom from the bondage of recipes! The copy of "I'm Just Here For the Food" at the local Barnes & Noble has my fingerprints all over it. I've never envied a celebrity before, but this guy... plus he probably gets to hang out with Giada De Laurentiis. WHOA! :-)

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  1. I had the good fortune of meeting Alton Brown (accidentally) at Pike's Market in Seattle. (He was in town for a book signing.) He was very warm and personable and a delight to visit with. Now, if I could just meet Giada.....

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    1. re: Leper

      Pike PLACE, PIke PLACE, Pike Place Market!

      Sorry, pet peeve : )

    2. Dude... so jealous I am! I'll let you know how Giada is. *dreaming*

      1. Hey maybedave

        If you liked Alton's book, check out

        Cookwise: The Secrets of Cooking Revealed (Hardcover)
        by Shirley Corriher

        Alton uses her occasionally on his show, her book is awesome.

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        1. re: Phaedrus

          And if you klike them, eat at Cafe Annie in Houston. Chef DelGrande holds a degree in chemistry.

        2. If you like Alton then read Shirley's book and Harold McGee's book, "On Food and Cooking." You'll realize that although is a great evangelist of food science, he's just a conduit of the greats. You'll be an Alton yourself in no time.

          1. we really enjoy his shows, but his hair on Iron Chef the other night looked like it was cut by someone's 3 year old! Battle chocolate - YUM.

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            1. re: jujuthomas

              My husband remarked to me during Iron Chef that I would totally marry Alton, because he could cook for me, and I (with my back to the TV) was like, "Eh, yeah he can cook, but he looks like Thomas Dolby. . ." then I turn around and see the beard! YUMM!! :-P

              1. re: Covert Ops

                He blinded you! With Food Science!!