Rank #1: 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.
Apr 18 2014
Rank #2: 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.
Apr 04 2014
Rank #3: 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.
May 02 2014
Rank #4: 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.
Mar 28 2014
Rank #5: 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.
Apr 25 2014
Rank #6: 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.
Apr 11 2014
Rank #7: 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.
Mar 21 2014
Rank #8: 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.
Mar 14 2014
Rank #9: 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.
Mar 07 2014
Rank #10: 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.
Feb 28 2014
Rank #11: 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.”
Feb 21 2014
Rank #12: 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.
Feb 14 2014
Rank #13: 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.
Feb 07 2014
Rank #14: 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.
Jan 31 2014
Rank #15: Philip Preston
Philip Preston of PolyScience fame joins Alton for this week’s podcast to talk temperature control and innovative culinary technology.
Jan 24 2014
Rank #16: 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.
Jan 17 2014
Rank #17: 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.
Jan 10 2014
Rank #19: 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.
Dec 27 2013
Rank #20: 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.
Dec 20 2013