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Day 3: I’m Just Here For The Food by Alton Brown
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Alton Brown is my hero. He’s always been my favorite TV chef. His innovative Good Eats series taught me how to cook, more effectively than any TV show or book. Seriously, Alton Brown almost single-handedly taught me how to cook. Let’s just say I spent a lot of my five-and-a-half year (undergraduate) college career drunk on the sofa watching Alton wax poetic about peas while measuring a half-cup of honey in that cool plunger measuring cup. If you’re lucky, he’ll dispense some beans or cereal out of those enviable clear plastic cereal dispensers on his counter.
But Alton isn’t just a gadget nut. I’m Just Here For The Food reduces cooking to its basics. And I mean really basic. The point of the book is to teach you how to control the 3 basic elements of cooking: (1) heat, (2) salt, and (3) water.
While this might sound like a book for beginners, it is definitely not. Alton goes into great detail about vital things to know about some of the most common American ingredients, like chicken, for example. You get a full diagram of every part of the chicken, how to butcher it properly, instructions for different cooking methods, and then a few useful and simple recipes.
Plus it’s funny. Yeah, a funny cookbook. What a novel idea :)
Drew and Hot Dog The Rapper ponder Alton Brown’s sage advice about cooking sausages on an outdoor gas grill.
Grab a copy of I’m Just Here For The Food for less than $24 (free shipping with Prime) on Amazon.com.