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Old 06-04-2019, 01:29 AM
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Good Eats: The Return -- We have a date, people


Those who follow Alton Brown on social media have known for a while that he was going to make a sequel to Good Eats. Many may also be aware of Good Eats: Reloaded, where he updates some older episodes on the Cooking Channel.

But the day has arrived, and we know where and when the new show will debut. While we didn't get the title "Good Eats: Another Show," we did get "Good Eats: the Return." And it will debut on Food Network (rather than just online) on August 25, 2019.

I am very excited. I need to catch the reloaded episodes now.
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I love Alton.
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Old 06-04-2019, 08:07 AM
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Marked my calendar. Thanks
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Old 06-04-2019, 09:11 AM
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Good Eats: Reloaded is pretty good, but there are only eight or ten episodes. Just enough to whet your appetite, not enough to satisfy the craving for more Alton.

Yet another reason to look forward to August.
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Old 06-04-2019, 09:15 AM
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I get Food Network! It was either Cooking Channel for a shocking amount for Basic Cable Plus with no other channels I wanted--not one!--or faster internet. You can guess which won.
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Old 06-04-2019, 09:32 AM
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I get Food Network! It was either Cooking Channel for a shocking amount for Basic Cable Plus with no other channels I wanted--not one!--or faster internet. You can guess which won.
I'm excited that it's back on Food Network. If it does well, maybe we'll see the return of some "Stand and Stir" shows.
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Well, crap. Any options for those of us without cable? I assume it'll eventually wind up on Hulu?
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What is Good Eats like? Can anyone compare it to another show? I've never seen it.
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Old 06-04-2019, 05:55 PM
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What is Good Eats like? Can anyone compare it to another show? I've never seen it.
Emeril meets Beakman's World?
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What is Good Eats like? Can anyone compare it to another show? I've never seen it.
Mr Wizard cooks?
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This time around, will he correctly pronounce plantain, astaxanthin, arthropod, and oligosaccharide? Has he learned that 2% milk has NOT had 98% of its fat removed?
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Old 06-05-2019, 01:27 PM
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Did anyone else catch his live show when it toured? There was at least one explosion.
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Old 06-05-2019, 02:04 PM
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I love Alton and give him full credit for igniting in me a love of cooking. Unfortunately, we no longer have cable and I haven't seen an episode of GE in several years. I've pretty much lost my love of cooking by now (mostly due to the combo of having picky teenagers and trying to finish my MA degree) and would love to watch another season of Good Eats. I'm dying to catch the new series.

Unfortunately we don't have cable, satellite, and or Hulu Live. I've been tempted to give Hulu Live a chance, but at ~$45 per month that a bit rich for my blood. This, however, may be the deciding factor.
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Did anyone else catch his live show when it toured? There was at least one explosion.
I have a coffee mug someone left in the office break room from one of his shows. That's as close as I ever got.
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Emeril meets Beakman's World?
Without, sadly, Liza, Phoebe, or even Josie.
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What is Good Eats like? Can anyone compare it to another show? I've never seen it.
When it was originally conceived, Brown allegedly wrote down three names: Julia Child, Mr. Wizard, and Monty Python. That's probably as accurate an encapsulation as you'll find.

I loved the original run for a number of reasons, but mostly because it was the first cooking show I had seen that explained the whys of cooking. It wasn't a chef standing in a demo kitchen making a dish and narrating while he or she did it. It was this slightly goofy guy that had recurring characters, puppets, and a visual style unlike any other cooking show on the air. Brown isn't a professional chef. He was a cameraman/DP who went to New England Culinary Institute so he could get the grounding he needed to make this show.

Each half-hour show would usually cover one ingredient or one cooking technique, and feature just a couple of recipes. Most importantly, Brown would explain why you do certain things with the ingredient, or how yeast do their thing, or why buttermilk is so important to good biscuits. I was an OK home cook before that show, but I was a slavish recipe-follower. After Good Eats, I started deviating. I was able to look at a recipe and have a better idea of how it was going to turn out, where I could make ingredient substitutions, or how to improve on it.

His sense of humor doesn't always land with everyone, and there are times he can seem a little up his own ass, but I will be forever grateful to him for creating this program and providing actual educational television in the food arena.

Perhaps there can be no higher praise than that Anthony Bourdain actually liked Good Eats. He wrote an essay once, wherein he watched a day's worth of Food Network TV, commenting on each program. As you might expect, he savaged the likes of Samantha Brown and Rachel Ray. When it came time to watch Good Eats, he said something like, "wait - why is this guy on TV? He's actually informational and entertaining." I paraphrase, but you get the idea.
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And with Bourdain's "The Layover" show came to Atlanta, he actually had Alton Brown on it as one of his hosts to the city (quite an endorsement for a Food Network person).
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I loved the original run of Good Eats but have sadly found "old, skinny Alton" to be much more of a grump and less entertaining and wizardly than his earlier, more jovial self.

I'll still watch, though, and reserve further judgment for after I have seen a few episodes.
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What is Good Eats like? Can anyone compare it to another show? I've never seen it.
You can find segments and even full episodes on YouTube.

But the descriptions are pretty accurate. It's the wacky kids science show, but for cooking.
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I loved the original run for a number of reasons, but mostly because it was the first cooking show I had seen that explained the whys of cooking.
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I was an OK home cook before that show, but I was a slavish recipe-follower. After Good Eats, I started deviating. I was able to look at a recipe and have a better idea of how it was going to turn out, where I could make ingredient substitutions, or how to improve on it.
This was me, to a T, except I hated cooking. A gourmet meal was spaghetti with sauce from a jar, and super gourmet included frozen meatballs added to the sauce.

Today, people seem to love my cooking, but they’re always disappointed when I can’t provide a recipe, because, well, I just improvise. This has the unfortunate effect that I never really make the same dish twice, in that I have no consistent method of measuring. Except baking, of course, which is chemistry and requires exacting standards.

The number of cooking science books that I have now takes up quite a bit of shelf space, including, yes, the famously expensive Modernist Cuisine. A.B. is my culinary hero.

(Funny thing: he’s often quoted as having said his least favor episode is “Scrap Iron Chef” from season 5, but this is the first episode I ever saw, having randomly landed on the otherwise stupid Food Network while channel surfing. It hooked me instantly.)
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Old 06-06-2019, 09:57 AM
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This was me, to a T, except I hated cooking. A gourmet meal was spaghetti with sauce from a jar, and super gourmet included frozen meatballs added to the sauce.
Did super gourmet for that special someone involve heating the meatballs?

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I loved the original run of Good Eats but have sadly found "old, skinny Alton" to be much more of a grump and less entertaining and wizardly than his earlier, more jovial self.

I'll still watch, though, and reserve further judgment for after I have seen a few episodes.
I think 'old skinny Alton' is scary looking. Like the 'Breaking Bad' guy. I have heard IRL from gossip from somebody who worked on the show that he isn't Mr. Nice and doesn't have much sense of humor/isn't exactly laid back. Religious, maybe.

I'll watch his new show, for sure. Mr. Salinqmind is enamored of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, but he used to watch the original GE with me in the past, I think he might watch the new episodes.
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When it was originally conceived, Brown allegedly wrote down three names: Julia Child, Mr. Wizard, and Monty Python. That's probably as accurate an encapsulation as you'll find. . . .
That sounds amazingly accurate.

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. . . Most importantly, Brown would explain why you do certain things with the ingredient, or how yeast do their thing, or why buttermilk is so important to good biscuits. . . .
As an example, his chocolate chip cookie episode showed how changing the ratio of certain ingredients would give you different results. He essentially gave three different recipes for three differently textured cookies.
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I think 'old skinny Alton' is scary looking. Like the 'Breaking Bad' guy. I have heard IRL from gossip from somebody who worked on the show that he isn't Mr. Nice and doesn't have much sense of humor/isn't exactly laid back. Religious, maybe.
Used to be. A divorce cured that shit for the most part. The current AB is pretty chill, I hear.
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Those who follow Alton Brown on social media have known for a while that he was going to make a sequel to Good Eats. Many may also be aware of Good Eats: Reloaded, where he updates some older episodes on the Cooking Channel.

But the day has arrived, and we know where and when the new show will debut. While we didn't get the title "Good Eats: Another Show," we did get "Good Eats: the Return." And it will debut on Food Network (rather than just online) on August 25, 2019.

I am very excited. I need to catch the reloaded episodes now.
sorry, good eats: the reload debuted in May
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