The second season of Alton Brown's travel show Feasting on Asphalt premieres this Saturday, and I must admit, I am really looking forward to it. Alton is one of my favorite celebrity chefs, mostly because of his geeky scientific approach to cooking. In his first book, I'm Just Here for the Food, AB delivers the goods just like you would expect. There are recipes, science, history and lots of detailed instructions and handy diagrams. Much like his Good Eats tv show, Alton's book helps you understand your food, not just cook it. There's science behind it all and he wants to help you figure it out. Although there are recipes in the book, what Alton is really providing to his reader is knowledge. Know how things work, and you'll be able to do it yourself. Oh and did I mention that he does it in a way that is technical and somehow still loads of fun?
If you're an Alton fan and don't own this book, you should definitely remedy that. And if you've ever found yourself wondering about the how and whys in the kitchen, then definitely check this book out. In the recently updated 2.0 version of the book, there are now 15 more recipes and 4 refrigerator magnets. If you don't have the first edition, skip straight to this one. If you do have the first edition, not a lot has changed to justify a new copy.
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