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  1. Thanks for the story link. When this show is gone, I'm not sure I'll have much desire to see anything on Food Network. But give credit to the man: he did long and very worthy service to his audience.

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    1. re: Bada Bing

      I absolutely adore him. My favorite episode was when he went salmon fishing and created a smoker out of a cardboard box, an electric element, hand fan, some sawdust and a pie plate. Freakin' awesome!

      1. re: cbauer

        The late British chef/TV personality Keith Floyd was the pioneer of cooking on TV. His adventures in cooking seafood are legendary. Whether in a sandstorm in the Kalihari or a windstorm on the Thames, his shows were entertaining.

        1. re: Mayor of Melonville

          With all due respect, I think Julia Child deserves that honor.

          1. re: JoeyH

            James Beard was even earlier (ref. Ruhlman Reach of a Chef, and Wiki article on Beard).

            1. re: JoeyH

              To which "honor" do you refer? I'll assume you mean the "pioneer" label. But anyone who has watched "Floyd on Fish" knows that his style was indeed "pioneering".

      2. Haven't watched in awhile, although I have thought of buying some CDs. I learned a lot from watching his shows in the earlier years, and I think I learned the most when I watched the same show 2 or 3 times. He really gave his audience good episodes, full of information and laughs. I think I thought the episode about roast, wrapped in foil and cooked in a trailer's oven, was one of the more humorous episodes I watched. I also thought the garlic/vampire show was clever.

        AB used to be spokesperson for Lodge cast iron. I imagine he was responsible for an uptick in their sales.

          1. I like the guy and his show, think it got a little boring when he lost weight and changed cooking habits, but maybe we should all strive to be healthier.

            Sorry to see it end

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            1. re: dolly54

              There are 250 episodes in the can. It will never "end."

              1. re: Samalicious

                Currently they are playing weekday mornings (10/11).

                Last time the end of GE was discussed, there was mention of a few more 1hr specials. I've seen one of those. Any news of other AB projects?

                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/784400

                1. re: paulj

                  Also, there is a two-hour block on Cooking Channel on Friday nights, and eps on same on Wednesdays.

                  I thought it was terrific that it all ended with Chocolate Mousse!

                  1. re: nikkihwood

                    from an N2O cream whipper no less!

                    Now that foams are passe in the trendy parts of the culinary world I'll have get one myself.

            2. Thanks for the story link. Hell of a guy and show.

              1. Note the brief mention of the other AB (or as someone insisted TonyB, there can only be one AB), a topic of discussion on 2 other threads.

                1. Boo hoo. I love the science and history behind cooking and I learned a lot from AB and I was entertained by his quirky comedy. I never learn anything from other FN shows, nor do they make me laugh.

                  1. Oh, that sucks. I was drawn to Good Eats by its quirkiness and good recipes/techniques. Obviously he is not a researcher, more of a pop scientist, but that's OK. I loved his show. I was lucky enough to see him give a live talk at my university campus, and then answer a whole bunch of audience questions. He was pretty funny and I really respected the guy. Also, he flew his own little plane there... what a renaissance man!

                    1. I'm glad I have a few of his books. I wouldn't mind buying some DVDs.

                      1. While my two younger children were growing up Alton Brown was a bit of a super hero in our home. They'd watch the show and I'd hear giggles every time. He especially appealed to my finicky son who was enlightened to try certain foods because of Alton's series. Thanks for that Alton and good luck.

                        The link highlighted in the OP states: Brown isn’t disappearing any time soon. He’s set to release the third of three “Good Eats” books September 27. He’s still a spokesman for Welch’s Grape Juice. He remains the sardonic commentator of “Iron Chef America” and co host of ‘The Next Iron Chef.” In March, he signed a three-year extension with the Food Network with new projects forthcoming.

                        1. Alton Brown's "Good Eats" has been an extraordinarily good television show for thirteen years. It has been witty, informative and highly entertaining. I have learned more from Mr. Brown's shows than any other cooking show which I have watched.

                          After 250 episodes, roughly eleven seasons on regular network television, he deserves a break. Interestingly, the article said that his ratings were consistent all the way to the end. What a great commentary that fact is on the quality of his shows.

                          I will miss you, Alton, on "Good Eats" and hope to see you on other shows for a long time to come.

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                          1. re: gfr1111

                            According to the article, AB signed a three-year extension with the Food Network with new projects forthcoming.

                          2. New 1hr episode tonight - 'Turn on the Dark', dark chocolate for valentines.

                            1. // waves good-bye with anthropomorphic yeast sock-puppet buddy