Alton Brown was born on July 30, 1962 in Los Angeles, California, United States of America. He studied in the University of Georgia where he received a degree in drama. After studying he worked in cinematography and film production. He produced the music video “The One I love” where he became as a best known film producer and cinematographer. He also contributed works to the film School Daze by Spike. Alton Brown is a born again Christian. In Marietta, Georgia, he became a member of the Johnson Ferry Baptist Church (Parker, 2007).
Alton Brown was raised by his mother and grandmother and while growing up in their house, the passion of cooking was already a common thing for him. When he was in high school and college he had worked as a cook but he had never considered to enroll in a culinary arts school by those times (CNET Networks Entertainment, 2007). During sometime in his life in film production, he had observed the dissatisfaction he felt with the quality of food he eats. He was also dissatisfied with the way the American cooking shows were aired. Because of this observation, he planned to study culinary arts.
He then enrolled in the New England Culinary Institute. Brown revealed that when he was in high school and in college studying for his degree in drama, he showed poorness in science. When he enrolled for the culinary arts, he noticed that he needs to excel in science because the subject is needed for him to understand the processes of cooking in a scientific way. In 1997, he graduated at the New England Culinary Institute (New England Culinary Arts, 2007). Alton Brown is currently living in Marietta, Georgia together with his family. DeAnna is his wife and Zoey is his daughter.
DeAnna Brown is working with her husband in the Good Eats wherein she is the co-producer of the show. But DeAnna Brown had never appeared in one of the TV shows of her husband. Alton Brown had the opportunity to portray his currently arrested twin brother named “B. A”. As a result, many of his viewers kept asking him of what his twin brother’s do for a living. Many people and many of his viewers were not aware that the character of his twin brother “B. A. ” was simply a product of intelligent editing. In his culinary show Good Eats, he always features Apple-branded computers.
Aside from loving Apple computers, he also revealed in his interview with the MacWorld magazine that he also loves the fruit apple (Macworld, 2007). Alton Brown is a specialist of cheese and vinegar. Aside from being a specialist of vinegar and cheese, Brown also is a motorcycling enthusiast and because of being a motorcycling enthusiast he owns a 2005 BMW R12RT (Litscher, 2004). Alton Brown had also completed his first solo as an aviator last June 25, 2007 to be able to gain his certificate in private piloting. The Works of Alton Brown Books. Alton brown’s first published book is all about his recipes that are aired in his Good Eats show.
The book is entitled “I’m Just Here for the Food” won the title of 2003 James Beard Award. The book had detailed the stories of Alton Brown about his favorite ingredients as well as his favorite experiments. Comprehensive directions for finding the perfect cooking apparatus and tools are also included in this book. Handy diagrams about the importance of things that are related to cooking were also in detailed in the book (AltonBrown. com, 2005). Another book of Alton Brown is entitled “I’m Just Here for More Food:Food x Mixing + Heat = Baking”.
This book was suggested to be a required book for reading to those cooks aspiring to be great bakers. In this book, Alton Brown had explained and discussed in his own ways and manner of the processes that would help aspiring bakers to learn the things that they could use for their baking endeavors. Things such as the salt’s role in the process of baking are written in the book as well as the importance of eggs in baking is all written in he book (AltonBrown. com, 2005). The book “Gear for Your Kitchen” was a way for Alton Brown to let the people know that cooking is a lot fun.
He came to realize the fact that people are not having fun when cooking so he wrote the book. He also found out that people do not find fun and excitement because they do not use the right tool and implements in cooking (AltonBrown. com, 2005). “I’m Just Here For the Food: Kitchen User’s Manual” is also a book written by Alton Brown. Brown considered this book as a kitchen organizer because it is the ideal companion in the kitchen. This book is really written to be a cook manual and it does have eight separate sections dedicated for recipes and other cooking essentialities.
The eight section of the book consist of full page plastic pockets in order to have a place for holding and keeping the cooking clippings, equipment manuals and other important paperwork in the kitchen (AltonBrown. com, 2005). Television Shows. Alton Brown was the one who created Good Eats. Good Eats is a television cooking show wherein Alton Brown himself is the host. Good Eats is aired in North America on Food Network. Good Eats is a show wherein it showcases the familiar dishes that could be easily cooked at home. There are also segments in Good Eats where the important and the proper cooking implements and tools are being discussed.
Iron Chef America: The Series is also a television show wherein Alton Brown makes appearance. The television show is based on a Fuji Television’s Iron Chef and is produced by Food Network. The television show is a culinary game show. There is a cooking competition between a challenger and a resident ‘Iron Chef’ in every episode of the show. The competition is one hour long wherein a theme ingredient is featured (Food Network. com, 2007). Feasting on Asphalt is also a television series show where Alton Brown is the host. Since Alton Brown is an enthusiast of motorcycling riding, the third series of the television show is all about “road food”.
The third series was all about the restaurants which caters the needs of travelers during their long travels. The series gives an importance to the unique restaurants and regional cuisine wherein the travelers could eat when they are traveling. And in finding and looking for this unique and regional cuisine, Alton Brown go off the road by using his BMW motorcycle which proves that he is really an motorcycling enthusiast aside from being a chef (Food Network. com). Aside from all the books and from all the television shows of Alton Brown, he also contributed to the 2005 Cookbook of the Food Network Favorites:Recipes From All-Star Chefs.
He is a member of the Heifer International. Heifer International is a nonprofit world hunger organization
AltonBrown. com (2005). Books. BE Square Corporation. Retrieved September 24, 2007 < http://www. altonbrown. com/adventure/books. html>.
Food Network. com (2007). Iron Chef America; The Series. Scripps Network, Inc. Retrieved September 24, 2007 < http://www. foodnetwork. com/food/show_ia/0,1976,FOOD_16696,00. html>.
Food Network. com (2007). Feasting on Asphalt 2. Scripps Network, Inc. Retrieved September 24, 2007 <http://www. foodnetwork. com/food/show_ab/0,2857,FOOD_26776,00. html>.
CNET Networks Entertainment (2007). Alton Brown. CNET Networks, Inc. Retrieved September 24, 2007 < http://www. tv. com/alton-brown/person/219990/biography. html>.
Litscher, S. (2004). Chef Alton Brown of “Good Eats” Writer, Director, Food Hacker & Gear Head. Road Fly Magazine. Macworld.
The Mac Express (2007). Add Apples for Flavor; Q and A with Alton Brown. Retrieved September 24, 2007 < http://www. macworld. com/2001/03/bc/buzzbrown/ >.
New England Culinary Arts (2007). Profile: Anton Brown. Retrieved September 24, 2007 <http://www. neci. edu/profile_altonbrown. html> Parker, Virginia (2007). Alton Brown Steaks His Claim. Atlanta Magazine.
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