The FAQs

FAQ's about Alton, Good Eats and Specifics within the shows.

FAQ About Alton Brown Beginning at Question #1
FAQ About Good Eats Beginning at Question #100

FAQs about Misc. AB and GE Items

Beginning at Question #200
FAQs about Food on GE  Beginning at Question #300
FAQs from the Episodes  Beginning at Question #400
FAQs about Brining  Beginning at Question #500
FAQs about the GE Roast Turkey  Beginning at Question #600
FAQs about Mikemenn Beginning at Question #700

    Information comes from Food Network's & Means Street's web pages as well as Mr. Brown himself. I've also been privileged to taped for an episode so I've had the pleasure to get to know the crew who has also given me information. Thanks guys.

AB:" " (Green) = E-Mail from AB via Food Network, 3/7/2000
AB:" " (Blue) = Food Network Chat with AB, 7/7/2000
"Post" = The Good Eats Forum pre November 2001 posts at www.foodtv.com
AB:" " = USA Today Talk Today chat, 2/28/2002 Link

FAQs ABOUT ALTON BROWN (1 to 99)

1) What did Alton Brown do before cooking?
2) So, what kind of video work did he do then?
3) What sorts of things does Alton like and not like? Anything else about him?
4) Who are the other Brown family members?
5) What are the names of his hound dogs? What are their favorite recipes?
6) What kind of Computer does Alton own / like?
7) When did Alton Brown first begin to cook?
8) What kind of watch is he wearing on the show (seasons 1-4)?
9) What kind of glasses are those he's wearing in the 3rd season?
10) Might there be an emot-icon for Alton?
11) How tall is Mr. Brown?
12) If he had to eat one food every day for the rest of his life, what would it be?
13) What is his favorite Good Eats episode and what is his favorite recipe from the show so far?
14) What is the weirdest dish he's ever eaten?
15) If he could be any food what would he be?
16) How does he feel about being the sexiest food host on TV?
17) What are Alton's favorite and least favorite episode?
18) Has Alton ever won an award?
19) What was AB's bio at Foodtv.com before the took it down?
20) What books, food or otherwise, does Alton recommend?
21) Has anyone noticed the similarity between Thomas Dolby and Alton Brown?

FAQs ABOUT GOOD EATS (100 TO 199)

GOOD EATS HISTORY
100) How did the show get it's name.
101) When and where did Good Eats first get it's start?
102) When was Good Eats acquired by Food Network?
103) What was the original air date for Good Eats on FoodTV?

GOOD EATS PROGRAMMING
110) At what times does Good Eats air?
111) What is "Good Eats Cable In The Classroom?"

GOOD EATS CREATION: Writing & Research
120) How does Mr. Brown research the information for the show?
121) How does Mr. Brown come up with the recipes/topics and method for selecting them for the show?
122) What is the process for writing an episode of Good Eats?

GOOD EATS CREATION: Music
130) Where does the show's theme music come from? Does it have a name?
131) Who does the music and sound?
132) What information do you have on the Theme Music used in Good Eats?
133) Any other interesting sound/music facts?
134) What are the 10 notes that compose the Good Eats theme?
135) What are the programming instructions for my phone if I want this tune to play when I receive a call?

GOOD EATS CREATION: Location and Set
140) Where are the kitchen scenes taped?
141) Is there any more info on the season 5 & 6 house?
142) Has Alton's real house ever been used in an episode?
143) What are those posters on the wall of the house in Seasons 1-4?
144) What is Alton's kosher salt container?
145) What's the scoop on the objects in the kitchen (besides the salt container)?
146) Where did the pictures come from in the new kitchen in Seasons 5 and on?

GOOD EATS CREATION: Wardrobe
150) Where does Mr. Brown get his wardrobe for the show?

GOOD EATS CREATION: Good Eats Production
160) What's the process for making an episode of Good Eats (at Means Street)?
161) How is the show made from Season 5 and on?

SHOW FACTS
170) Is W Alton's real-life wife?
171) Is Marsha Brown Alton's real-life sister?
172) Okay then, what episodes have Alton's real family members been in?
173) What happed to The Egg Files III and IV?
174) What happened to True Brew III?
175) What other shows have series?
176) What foods have shown up in the Food Gallery?
177) Why are there two Use Your Noodle II episodes?
178) Has Good Eats ever won an award?
179) Are there any alternate titles to shows?

CONTACT INFO
180) Where can I write Alton Brown or Good Eats with Fan Mail?

FAQs ABOUT MISC. AB AND GE ITEMS (200 TO 299)

ALTON BROWN'S OTHER PROJECTS
200) What are the books that Mr. Brown has written?
201) What other Food Network shows has Alton worked on?

REQUESTING INFORMATION
210) How can I get any questions I have answered about Good Eats?
211) How can I get an autographed copy of Alton's picture or get in contact with him?

BUYING THINGS
220) Can I order the recipes from Food TV via snail-mail?
221) Is there any Good Eats Merchandise?
222) Can I get videos or DVDs of the show?

GOOD EATS POPULARITY
230) Does Food Network know just how popular Good Eats is?

FAQs ABOUT FOOD ON GE (300 TO 399)

300) What is Old Bay Spice and where can I get it?
301) What is Jalapeņo Spice and where can I get it?
302) Where can I find Kosher Salt?

FAQs FROM THE EPISODES (400 TO 499)

400) What's the Rice-to-Water ratio? (Power to the Pilaf)
401) What's the different smoke points of oils? (Steak Your Claim)
402) What's the different temps for beef doneness? (Steak Your Claim)
403) What are the different types of salt and why does Alton like/not-like them? (Steak Your Claim)
404) What's the stone that Alton used for his pizza? (Flat Is Beautiful)
405) What are the steps for making Clarified Butter (Ghee)? (The Fungal Gourmet)
406) What are the conversions for substituting honey for sugar? (Pantry Raid IV: Comb Alone) Deduced from comments about Aunt Verna's cake recipe conversion Alton did.
407) What kind of oil can you use on your cutting board? (Head Games)
408) What are the things you change/add for the Thin, Puffy and Chewy cookie recipes that gives each of them their consistency? (Three Chips for Sister Marsha)
409a) How do I season my new cast iron utensil?
409b) How do I re-season my cast iron utensil?
410) What's the conversion for table salt to kosher salt?
411) What's the conversion of regular elbow macaroni's weight to volume? (Use Your Noodle II)
412) Dude, how do you spell that hot pepper thing loaded with capsaicin? (Chile's Angles)
413) When is the first time AB used the word "Multi-Tasker"?

FAQs ABOUT BRINING (500 TO 599)

  1. BRINING WHOLE BIRDS
    a. Do I have to brine it? Can I brine it too long?
    b. Do I have to use aromatics? What happens if I brine too long?
    c. Which brine should I use? GE or IJHFTF?
    d. Can I scale the GE brine up?
    e. Can you brine a turkey injected with salt solution?
    f. Can you brine a turkey before deep-frying?
    g. Can you roast a brined turkey in a Reynolds roasting bag?
  2. BRINING JUST THE TURKEY BREASTS
    a. How much brine do I need for breasts?
    b. I want to cook multiple breasts? Do you have any suggestions?
    c. Do you have any other advice on the whole "breast brining process"?

FAQs ABOUT THE GE ROAST TURKEY (600 TO 699)

  1. PREPPING QUESTIONS
    a. How long will it take to quick thaw a turkey?
    b. Will the aromatics taste too strong?
    c. Are there any other aromatics I could use?
    d. How long will it take to cook a turkey that weighs XX pounds using the GE method?
  2. THE 500 DEGREE QUESTIONS
    a. Why do I have so much smoke from roasting turkey at 500 for 30 minutes?
    b. Won't 500° make it too dark?
    c. I'm having trouble getting the skin to brown. Do you have any advice?
  3. THE 350 DEGREE QUESTIONS
    a. What's up with the pink turkey meat at 161 degrees? Is it because of the brine?
  4. POST COOKING QUESTIONS
    a. Can you make gravy with drippings from a brined turkey?
  5. AB's Rant on Deep Frying Turkey (Copied from http://www.altonbrown.com)

FAQs ABOUT MIKEMENN (700 TO 799)

701) How did you get interested in Good Eats?
702) How did you come about making the Good Eats Fan Page?
703) How do (did) you transcribe the shows?
704) So, you must be the #1 fan of Good Eats?
705) What do you do, MikeMenn?
706) How can I contact you?

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bullet05.24.02: Added #122
bullet04.29.02: Added the musical notes to the theme, #110b
bullet04.24.02: Added a few bits of information I gleened from my interview with him on 4.13.02
bullet03.01.02: Added info from the USA Today chat. Added book recommendations from altonbrown.com
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