Alton Brown: EVERYDAYCOOK: this time it's personal

Alton Brown: EVERYDAYCOOK: this time it's personal

My name is Alton Brown, and I wrote this book. It’s my first in a few years because I’ve been a little busy with TV stuff and interwebs stuff and live stage show stuff. Sure, I’ve been cooking, but it’s been mostly to feed myself and people in my immediate vicinity—which is really what a cook is supposed to do, right? Well, one day I was sitting around trying to organize m...

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Title:Alton Brown: EVERYDAYCOOK: this time it's personal
Author:Alton Brown
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ISBN:1101885718
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:304 pages

Alton Brown: EVERYDAYCOOK: this time it's personal Reviews

  • Tori Centanni
    Oct 30, 2016

    Funny, insightful... and this is a book full of recipes. I'm a huge fan of Alton Brown, and have been since Good Eats. My mom used to watch Food Network relentlessly, and my brothers and I despaired at how it was the only thing on our one television all day long. But then Good Eats arrived, and it was the one show my whole family loved.

    I got to meet Alton at his signing and get this book signed (got a copy signed for my mom as well), and I'm excited to try the recipes within.

  • G
    Nov 04, 2016

    Probably not many people actually “read” a cookbook, right?

    But when that book is by Alton Brown, you are doing yourself a disservice to simply look at the recipes. It’s funny, insightful, and fascinating. I’d expect nothing less from the creator of “Good Eats” the hands down best show ever on Food Network.

    There are three major things to recommend this cookbook:

    1. Almost every recipe comes with a brief description as to why he likes it or some history of the dish, which is fascinating reading on

    Probably not many people actually “read” a cookbook, right?

    But when that book is by Alton Brown, you are doing yourself a disservice to simply look at the recipes. It’s funny, insightful, and fascinating. I’d expect nothing less from the creator of “Good Eats” the hands down best show ever on Food Network.

    There are three major things to recommend this cookbook:

    1. Almost every recipe comes with a brief description as to why he likes it or some history of the dish, which is fascinating reading on its own.

    2. He has separate sections about what you should have in your pantry as basics, and what equipment you need. Be warned that some of the pantry items are pretty unique and if you live in a remote rural location, you’ll probably be challenged finding them all. For myself, the most daunting undertaking would be acquiring all the cooking tools needed. I don’t own a food processor. Or a dutch oven. Or a pressure cooker. And I recently lost my blender to an ill-fated attempt at pumpkin puree. But I’m strongly considering acquiring or re-acquiring all of them as I can afford them.

    3. The food looks terrific. How can you go wrong with something called Snapper Dome which requires 3 POUNDS OF SALT (for baking, not for actual consumption, but still…3 POUNDS OF SALT)!

    I’m anxious to try out many of these recipes. Oh, and I had the pleasure of meeting him and getting my book signed at a reading thanks to the keen eye of my wife!

  • Jan Polep
    Oct 24, 2016

    Two things I like in a cookbook...BIG pictures and selections that include something I might actually eat. Winner, winner...chicken piccata dinner. Oh, and a good index. I may even try fish sticks for the very first time. Seriously.

  • Kylara Jensen
    Jan 26, 2017

    I really loved reading the section on hardware especially but also pantry and methods. Alton Brown has such a good way of explaining things with a little fun snarky tongue in cheek thing going on.

    As for browsing the recipes, there are some I want to try, some that sound good but also seem really intimidating and some that seem out of my taste-bud range or just plain unrealistic for me to ever do.

    I mean, it's interesting that this book is called everyday cook, but in reality this is not a book f

    I really loved reading the section on hardware especially but also pantry and methods. Alton Brown has such a good way of explaining things with a little fun snarky tongue in cheek thing going on.

    As for browsing the recipes, there are some I want to try, some that sound good but also seem really intimidating and some that seem out of my taste-bud range or just plain unrealistic for me to ever do.

    I mean, it's interesting that this book is called everyday cook, but in reality this is not a book for noobs or everyday home cooks. It's for people looking to up the level of their cooking game. Be prepared to go out of your comfort zone and cook with anchovies and nos handheld whipped cream dispenser (but probably not in the same recipe.

    Would I buy this book? That's always the question I ask myself when I read cookbooks. I'd probably get a digital copy.

  • Melenia Gibson
    Jan 26, 2017

    This is not a beginners cookbook; however, it is highly entertaining. I did actually read it cover to cover and enjoyed myself, even though I will probably never cook or eat anything in it because I am a picky child.

    There are a ton of great dishes and the pictures are amazing. All taken with an iPhone if I remember correctly.

  • Pixie
    Dec 27, 2016

    Did I really like it? Actually I was ambivalent. First of all, Alton Brown went to UGA at the same time I did, and there is always one track in the multiple tracks that are going every time I see or read his stuff, wondering if we ever met, etc. We are among the hordes who have loved his work ever since Good Eats went on the air (I've heard of a facebook group that is called something like "I will cook whatever the f*ck Alton Brown tells me." Hubby still brines the Thanksgiving turkey according

    Did I really like it? Actually I was ambivalent. First of all, Alton Brown went to UGA at the same time I did, and there is always one track in the multiple tracks that are going every time I see or read his stuff, wondering if we ever met, etc. We are among the hordes who have loved his work ever since Good Eats went on the air (I've heard of a facebook group that is called something like "I will cook whatever the f*ck Alton Brown tells me." Hubby still brines the Thanksgiving turkey according to one of Alton's early recipes), but then in his later hosting of other shows he seemed a lot grumpier, and I really wondered what it would be like to know someone with such strong reactions to things. In this book he says a couple of super grumpy things, like if you own one of those milk frothers he's done with you, or if you've never had french fries in bed he feels sorry for you. And speaking of bed, what is with that flirty in-the-bed (that's how they say it in Georgia) cover photo? Is he expressing his inner teenage girl, as hubby opined, or just flirting (many of the recipes in the late-night section are "for two")? Or is it coming from his team of (I'm guessing young) women helpers? A lot of the healthier, trendier, recipes seem to come off some young woman's blog (including one that I think did come straight off a blog that I found when I was trying to google whether he meant use coconut milk from a can or a carton). But that's probably an honest reflection of how he eats now (the book totally delivers on its title promise that it's personal). I know my cooking and eating habits have changed accordingly as well. The teams he assembles always contribute to his doing a great job. I liked the creative photos, and the way they overlaid most of the recipes onto the photos. No empty filler or empty space as in many cookbooks. You will be treated to many trademark Alton-isms such as how he uses his gadgets, and his "final" turkey recipe. I think any Alton Brown fan, or anyone who is just keeping up with current food trends, will be pleased with this book.

  • Robin
    Jan 01, 2017

    I have always enjoyed Alton Brown on TV and have especially loved the science behind various cooking methods. This was a fun book to peruse but I found that while the recipes were appealing, most required equipment and/or ingredients I have no plans on buying for my kitchen.

  • Evelyn
    Jan 19, 2017

    I love this cookbook. Alton Brown is one of my favorite chefs. Great recipes. This is definitely a must have cookbook to keep on the shelf.

  • Lynnie
    Jan 23, 2017

    I adore Alton Brown. He is, in fact, on the list of people I'd like to have a martini with (especially if he wants to make the appetizers!). His recipes are always solid & this collection is no exception. Some of these are recipes he's already shared- on line or on tv- but there are also plenty of new ideas to explore. He does use some less-than-common ingredients but nothing that seems to hard to get my hands on. I can't wait to try some of his ideas.

  • Mischenko
    Feb 08, 2017

    This is a great cookbook by Alton Brown! It has a good mix of recipes, and a few healthy ones. All are easy recipes. Worth keeping in your kitchen!

    5*****