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Aug 23, 2008 06:06 AM

Who the Hell is Alton Brown???

I'm serious. I was on the New England board with a thread about lobster rolls and someone mentioned Alton Brown's recipe with cucumber in it. For a Mainer, this is down right sacrilegious! Like using black beans for Tex Mex refried beans. Then I continued to notice references to him. It is obvious that I have no cable or satellite tv I, of course, "googled" him, read his Wikipedia bio and saw his Food Channel show on deep frying turkey. Very good video, informative and entertaining. But how good a chef is this guy? Cucumber in a lobster roll, bah humbug.

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    I don't know what is background is and whether or not he is a trained chef. I often enjoy watching his program though as he often has useful tips. His show usually focuses on an ingredient or a particular way of cooking - braising, say, and then goes into a deeper discussion about how to cooking something and why to do it that way, etc. I wouldn't want cucumber in a lobster roll either though!

    1. AB is a NECI graduate. His show is a quirky, science type schow that a lot of people enjoy, myself incuded.

      With that said, I wouldn't put cucumber in a lobster roll either, lol.

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      1. re: mcel215

        He's as much a 'pop' chef as all the other 'experts' on the Food Network.

        Serious cooking took a downturn from Julia Child with the advent of the FN. Sadly, it went to the very bottom with the advent of the Iron Chef and all the other 'challenges'.

        Alton, in hindsight, appears a genius against the likes of the current crop of 'chefs' on the FN.

        Even Alton himself has been dumbed down to provide an opiate to the masses.

        1. re: dolores

          FN didn't create Iron Chef, you know...

          It started in Japan in 1993.

      2. I like the concept of Alton's show - i.e. that he tells you the why of food preparation instead of just the how - but I find that many of his techniques and recipes aren't that great (although he definitely has some winners). When I watched his Pad Thai episode, I died a little on the inside.

        1. I'm a huge Alton Brown fan and I do not recall him ever making lobster rolls. I've watched every episode of Good Eats, many, many times, and I know he doesn't have a recipe in any of his cookbooks, so whomever said he put cucumber in lobster rolls must have him confused with someone else or confused one of his recipes.

          I love his shows because he does teach about cooking and techniques, put I find him very entertaining. His shows are the only thing I watch on Food Network.

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          1. re: MiseEnPlace07

            I agree that Alton Brown has never to my knowledge had a recipe for lobster roll on his show or in one of his books. Having gone to culinary school at NECI one would think he'd have a passing knowledge of what a lobster roll consists of.

            Passadumkeg, can you provide a link to that recipe?

            By the way, I've made his stuffed lobster recipe (the only lobster one I know of) and it was great.

          2. I am an Alton Brown fan. I usually enjoy his show, Good Eats -- less so when he and his writers resort to stupid skits and premises. He is tolerable as MC on Iron Chef America, except at the closing when he has to recite a glib pun. But he really shines when he does downhome food and interacts with townspeople; I really enjoy every segment of Feasting on Asphalt, both journeys. Funny, hungry, touching, evocative. I'm hoping it won't be too one-note, and tropical food isn't my favorite, but I'm looking forward to Feasting on Water or Islands or whatever the upcoming show is titled.