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The Alton Browncast

TV Host and Foodist Alton Brown reviews recent food news, chats with celebrities about their culinary passions, takes calls from listeners, and basically does whatever he flippin’ wants for 45 minutes.

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John Hodgman

Alton Brown aka Encyclo-smokia Brown and John Hodgman remember their epic barbecue journey, talk facial hair, and hear what happened when John’s Twitterfeed was hacked by a tiny human in his house.

1hr 10mins

18 Apr 2014

Rank #1

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Michael Ruhlman

This week Alton interviews Michael Ruhlman about freeing people from recipes, the future of cookbooks, and what sets the great chefs apart. They try to predict the future of food and get excited about eggs.

34mins

4 Apr 2014

Rank #2

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Sother Teague

Alton visits with Sother Teague, Beverage Director at Amor y Amargo, on today’s podcast. While they taste their way through bitter tinctures and potables, Sother explains why all the drinks he makes are brown, bitter, and stirred.

1hr 4mins

2 May 2014

Rank #3

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Katie Allen

Ever wonder whose job it is to build a kitchen in the middle of a beach, design the sabotages on Cutththroat Kitchen, or wash the dishes when the cameras stop rolling? For many of Food Network’s shows, it is Katie Allen, culinary producer. She talks with Alton about the magic of Kitchen Stadium and how a bell pepper almost kept her from her dream job at Food Network.

53mins

28 Mar 2014

Rank #4

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Samantha Brown

Samantha Brown (no relation) joins Alton Brown this week to talk travel. Find out why Samantha always talks to the nighttime security man, what words you must know in any language, and why she caught the travel bug in Latin America - not Europe. She also shares some tips on travelling with kids.

51mins

25 Apr 2014

Rank #5

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Mark Dacascos

Actor and martial artist, Mark Dacascos joins Alton on the podcast to talk about his early desire to become a Buddhist monk, his love for Shakespeare, and improvising the character of Iron Chef America’s Chairman. Find out what he says when asked about his uncle in Japan and if Alton Brown is really that smart.

33mins

11 Apr 2014

Rank #6

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Brooks Reitz – Jack Rudy Cocktail Co.

Alton Brown talks to Brooks Reitz of Jack Rudy Cocktail Co. about his company’s namesake (the man, the myth, the legend), the inspiration for interesting elixers, and the reemergence of cocktail culture. Alton shares his technique for the perfect G&T.

49mins

21 Mar 2014

Rank #7

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Kevin Brauch

Alton Brown asks Kevin Brauch how he got the Drinking Robot nickname, hears a vintage speech about McDonald’s hamburgers, and defends his fruitcake. All this, and why Kevin slapped Alton and shouted down the hall of the Food Network studios.

1hr 16mins

14 Mar 2014

Rank #8

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Sparks – Martin Lawrence Galleries, USA

Rock stars, tattoos, the history of modern art and the impact of those oh so famous soup cans – that’s where the conversation goes when Robert Sparks, Senior Consultant for the Martin Lawrence Galleries, USA joins Alton for this week’s podcast. Sparks also gives an inside look at the world of fine art and advises on how to get rid of those posters from college and put some treasure on your walls.

54mins

7 Mar 2014

Rank #9

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Gretchen Pfarrer

Alton talks to The Boss… well, the boss of The Edible Inevitable Tour, Gretchen Pfarrer. This tour veteran shares stories from 17 years on the road, and explains why she thinks tours like this one are the wave of the future.

41mins

28 Feb 2014

Rank #10

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Mike Martin

Alton interviews Mike Martin, the production manager for The Edible Inevitable Tour. Mike takes us through a typical day, talks about the difference between TV and theater, and why it is “all about the out.”

35mins

21 Feb 2014

Rank #11

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Donatella Arpaia

This week on The Alton Browncast, Alton and Donatella Arpaia talk about what it was like growing up in an Italian immigrant family and how celebrity guest judges and her legal training help her judge Iron Chef America. Then the tables turn when Donatella asks Alton a series of questions.

34mins

14 Feb 2014

Rank #12

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Todd Bailey

Listen as Alton and Todd Bailey, Art Director extraordinaire, reminisce about the evolution of sets and props on Good Eats. Hear about when they got a standing ovation at the grocery store, solve the mystery of who “Thing” was, find out why the set was dubbed “The Snowflake Factory,” and learn about their shared love of googly eyes.

1hr 5mins

7 Feb 2014

Rank #13

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Scott Witherow – Olive and Sinclair Chocolate Co.

Alton is in Nashville visiting Scott Witherow of Olive and Sinclair Chocolate Co. Scott describes the path he’s taken from high-end restaurants to making chocolate in his home kitchen to developing a line of chocolate charcuterie.

44mins

31 Jan 2014

Rank #14

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Philip Preston

Philip Preston of PolyScience fame joins Alton for this week’s podcast to talk temperature control and innovative culinary technology.

50mins

24 Jan 2014

Rank #15

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Simon Majumdar

Alton Brown and Simon Majumdar sit down for a talk that ranges from reading the New Testament in Greek to a lifesaving dal recipe, a goal to go everywhere and eat everything, and adventures in frogging. Along the way Simon lists places he thinks Alton should travel and describes the ultimate food experience. 

42mins

17 Jan 2014

Rank #16

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Valerie Bertinelli

After watching each other on TV for years, Alton Brown and Valerie Bertinelli meet for the fist time. Valerie talks about how characters she’s played have affected her, shares thoughts on food and body image, and gets advice on how to judge Iron Chef America.

33mins

10 Jan 2014

Rank #17

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Roger Scott & Carolyn O’Neil

This week, Alton Brown interviews his trainer, Roger Scott, and nutritionist Carolyn O’Neil (aka The Lady of the Refrigerator). 

1hr 1min

3 Jan 2014

Rank #18

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Lucky Yates

Alton Brown hosts Lucky Yates (aka Archer’s Dr. Krieger aka The Dungeon Master) on his podcast this week. They reminisce about Good Eats, debate the clones vs. robots, and talk tattoos, broken bones and puppets. Then, in honor of Lucky’s award-winning role as Sylvester Graham, Alton reexamines the graham cracker.

54mins

27 Dec 2013

Rank #19

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Santa Stops By

Santa Claus has stopped by The Alton Browncast to help Alton answer some of your holiday questions. Find out what they do with instant potato flakes, whether you should cream butter for an hour, and what Alton’s two favorite Christmas memories are.

41mins

20 Dec 2013

Rank #20