Review: Good Eats 2: The Middle Years
Imagine having 83 episodes of Good Eats tightly bound in a handheld version complete with bonus material. Well you don’t have to.
Good Eats is the first Food Network show to win a coveted Peabody Award, the ultimate recognition for excellence in radio and television broadcasting. Host Alton Brown, one of the most beloved TV chefs in the business, created the award winning series currently in it’s eleventh year on the air.
The show is so popular that in 2009 Brown published an anthology of his first 80 or so episodes in book form. Good Eats: The Early Years was a smashing hit and Good Eats 2 looks destined for the same success. Recently I was given a copy of Good Eats 2: The Middle Years and I’ve spent the last few weeks thumbing through what is sure to become one of my favorite tomes. Alton says of his second GE book, “the food’s foodier, the applications more applicable, and the rigs are way riggier. And the comedy is more commodious.”
It’s not just that the book contains the recipes used in each and every episode within the time span. That in itself makes it worth it’s weight in gold (and this sucker weighs a lot!) but there is also a bonus DVD, tidbits of information (called “tidbits”), trivia that is actually important and lots of other in-depth information that goes beyond the actual 21 minutes of of footage in each episode.
In summary and in review: the book is good (really, really good), Alton Brown is a cool guy and well, I really don’t have a third point. Buy the book. Now that Alton has announced that he is shutting Good Eats down hopefully the third book will be out soon.
Oh, and don’t forget to check out Alton Brown’s answers to 7 Questions.