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: 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 #3: Giada De Laurentiis
Giada De Laurentiis joins Alton Brown on this week’s podcast. Giada reflects on family, goals, beauty and how appearing on Iron Chef America affected her—plus find out what Alton realized about Giada that kept her curious for months. Alton answers some of your questions and talks meatballs.
Sep 13 2013
Rank #4: Alex Guarnaschelli
Alton Brown’s musings on summer’s unsung vegetable hero, the truth about eating bugs, lobster immortality, and the decision of whether to toss the mystery meat lurking in the back of the fridge. Alex Guarnaschelli joins Alton for a chat about Iron Chef America, her (not so secret anymore) dream, and a special kind of lemonade stand.
Jul 19 2013
Rank #5: 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 #6: Sid Mashburn
This week fashion is the main course as Alton Brown talks with Sid Mashburn about what to look for in a suit jacket, style icons, movies and fashion. Alton also takes style questions from fans.
Sep 27 2013
Rank #7: 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 #8: 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 #9: The Spice House
You’ve heard Alton mention these folks numerous times, and today Tom and Patty Erd of The Spice House join Alton on the podcast. Inspired by their chat, Alton examines vanilla, cinnamon, and paprika.
Dec 06 2013
Rank #10: 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 #11: Ted Allen
Alton Brown and Ted Allen dish on food competition shows and compare commencement speech strategies. Ted also tells us why you should read and not sniff wine corks and what a chihuaua has to do with Chopped. Then, Alton rifles around the pantry to concoct weird food combos from your Twitter suggestions.
Aug 30 2013
Rank #12: 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 #13: Julian Van Winkle
Alton travels to the Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery in Kentucky to talk with Julian Van Winkle. Then Alton sets up quite the scientific bourbon tasting for friend, pilot, and bourbon-lover Joe Gravalec, where the results shock and awe.
Oct 04 2013
Rank #14: Geoffrey Zacharian
Join Alton Brown and Geoffrey Zakarian as they drink martinis, talk cruise ships, breakfast, and how this chef got his start. Inspired by Iron Chef Zakarian’s love of soufflés, Alton takes a closer look at the dish
Sep 06 2013
Rank #15: Thanksgiving - Everything BUT the Bird
Alton knows you are already panicking about Thanksgiving, so he and The Alton Browncast producer, Patty Catalano, wade through your tweets, Facebook posts, and email inquiries trying to make sense of it all. This week it is all about Thanksgiving history, gravy, sides, dessert and the great stuffing v. dressing debate.
Nov 15 2013
Rank #16: Thanksgiving - The Bird
Alton Brown and his podcast producer, Patty Catalano, are back again, this time answering your questions about the Thanksgiving turkey. Alton also tackles the tricky topic of intruding in-laws.
Nov 22 2013
Rank #17: 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 #18: Justin Warner
Alton Brown and Justin Warner, Food Network Star Season 8 winner, sit down for a têtê-à-têtê, dishing on creativity in the kitchen and adventures in filming Rebel Eats. Inspired by a dish he had at Justin’s restaurant, Alton mulls over melons.
Aug 02 2013
Rank #19: 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 #20: Taylor Guitars
Join Alton Brown from the road in El Cajon, California, as he tours Taylor Guitars and interviews this legendary guitar maker’s founder.
Oct 25 2013