Good Eats: The Early Years by Alton Brown

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    • Categories: Main course
    • Ingredients: beef rib-eye steaks
    • Accompaniments: Cognac pan sauce
    • Categories: Sauces for meat
    • Ingredients: Cognac; blue cheese
    • Categories: Side dish
    • Ingredients: baking potatoes; potatoes; buttermilk; heavy cream; garlic
    • Accompaniments: Masher cakes
    • Categories: Side dish
    • Ingredients: potatoes; buttermilk; heavy cream; garlic; parsley; panko breadcrumbs
    • Categories: Egg dishes; Breakfast / brunch
    • Ingredients: eggs
    • Categories: Egg dishes; Breakfast / brunch
    • Ingredients: eggs
    • Categories: Dressings & marinades
    • Ingredients: store-cupboard ingredients
    • Categories: Salads; American
    • Ingredients: Italian bread; romaine lettuce; Worcestershire sauce; Parmesan cheese; black peppercorns
    • Categories: Main course
    • Ingredients: black peppercorns; lemons; parsley; carrots; celery; whole chicken
    • Categories: Ice cream & frozen desserts; Dessert
    • Ingredients: half and half cream; heavy cream; peach preserves; vanilla beans
    • Categories: Ice cream & frozen desserts; Dessert
    • Ingredients: club soda; lemons; limes; Key lime preserves
    • Categories: Bread & rolls, savory; American
    • Ingredients: store-cupboard ingredients; buttermilk
    • Categories: Cookies, biscuits & crackers
    • Ingredients: half and half cream; strawberries; orange blossom honey; whipping cream
    • Categories: Sauces, general
    • Ingredients: butter; all-purpose flour
    • Categories: Sauces, general; American
    • Ingredients: breakfast sausages; store-cupboard ingredients; milk
    • Categories: Soups; Appetizers / starters; French
    • Ingredients: Vidalia onions; beef consommé; bouquet garni; country bread; Cognac; melting cheese
    • Categories: Main course; French
    • Ingredients: fish fillets; store-cupboard ingredients; capers; parsley
    • Categories: Main course
    • Ingredients: striped bass; parsley; fennel; thyme; oranges; eggs; kosher salt
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    • Categories: Pasta, doughs & sauces
    • Ingredients: any shape pasta; saltine crackers; parsley
    • Categories: Rice dishes; Side dish; Mediterranean
    • Ingredients: red peppers; long grain rice; saffron; oranges; bay leaves; peas; golden raisins; pistachio nuts
    • Categories: Cakes, small; Dessert
    • Ingredients: dark chocolate; store-cupboard ingredients; cocoa powder; eggs; vanilla ice cream; espresso powder
    • Categories: Mousses, trifles, custards & creams; Dessert
    • Ingredients: dark chocolate; coffee; dark rum; heavy cream; gelatin
    • Categories: Main course; Thanksgiving
    • Ingredients: whole turkey; vegetable broth; kosher salt; black peppercorns; allspice berries; crystallized ginger; apples; cinnamon sticks; rosemary; sage
    • Categories: Cakes, large
    • Ingredients: golden raisins; dried currants; dried cranberries; dried blueberries; dried cherries; dried apricots; oranges; crystallized ginger; golden rum; whole cloves; allspice berries; cinnamon sticks; apple juice; ground ginger; store-cupboard ingredients; pecans; brandy

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  • Meatloaf again

    • cthdawn on February 17, 2011

      used ground pork and beef, green pepper instead of red pepper (had none) frontera hot sauce

    • cook4cowdog on June 21, 2014

      This is my go-to meatloaf recipe. The result is terrific every time. Leftovers (if any) make terrific sandwiches.

  • Pan-seared rib-eye steak

    • fprincess on November 05, 2010

      The famous cooking technique using a cast iron skillet. Perfection. Typically I do this 100% in the oven (never understood why the fist couple of minutes should be done on the stove). All the key steps are here - the dry pan, resting period, etc.

    • adrienneyoung on March 11, 2013

      This was fabulous way to cook a really good ribeye: crusty on the outside, a perfect 135F inside. But the smoke was really spectacular. Even my laundry room now smells of steak and smoke! Is it worth the smoky socks and undies? Absolutely!!! A keeper.

    • adrienneyoung on November 05, 2013

      Still a favorite. Flawless with the right piece of ribeye...

  • Semi-instant pancake mix

    • fprincess on November 05, 2010

      Makes fluffy and light pancakes. This mix can be prepared in advance.

    • adelina on March 09, 2015

      Best texture and so good. Substituted lemon juice with milk instead of buttermilk.

  • Semi-instant pancakes

    • fprincess on October 28, 2010

      Fluffy & light pancakes.

  • Free-range fruitcake

    • Aggie92 on March 30, 2013

      I make this every year for Christmas presents and even fruitcake haters love it. It tastes best if made around Thanksgiving and left to mature in the refrigerator until Christmas. This recipe will make 6 mini loaves baked at 325 degrees for 30-35 minutes. I also increase the amount of pecans to 2 cups.

    • Aggie92 on November 30, 2014

      High altitude adjustments (6200 ft)....increase flour by 1/4 cup, reduce both baking soda and baking powder by 1/4 teaspoon each and add 1 extra egg. Cooking time and change (for mini loaf pans).

  • City ham

  • Angel food cake

    • adrienneyoung on November 10, 2012

      Made this with orange extract, served with whipped cream sweetened with a lot of lemon curd, and a cherry/blueberry/blackberry compote made from frozen berries. Absolutely terrific flavour combination. Another keeper.

  • TBL panzanella

  • Hot cocoa mix

    • PinchOfSalt on January 15, 2013

      Used Splenda instead of the sugar and King Arthur Baker's Special Dry Milk instead of the non-fat dry milk. Wonderful! It dissolves with no lumps with only a little stirring and its body is nicely satisfying, so much better than watery stuff you get using commercial hot cocoa mix.

    • IowanCorn on December 24, 2022

      Not wanting to go out in the cold, and lacking commercial mix in the house, I found this instant mix recipe of AB's. I had everything in the cupboards, so gave it a try. It's not bad, although I'm not sure if the pinch of cayenne pepper actually does anything in this large of amount of milk/cocoa/sugar.

  • Lemon-ginger frozen yogurt

    • phytrptj on May 07, 2017

      Used Trader Joe's brand Greek whole fat yogurt and it was great.

  • Who loves ya baby back ribs

    • IowanCorn on February 26, 2023

      Raised in KCMO, I have a high bar for ribs, and AB cleared it easily. I left the jalapeno mix out, but used chipotle for the cayenne pepper, so I'm sure the heat was the same. These ribs were sweet, with the warmth from the spice coming pleasantly up from behind. The braising made these tender, but not completely falling off the bone, just the way I like them. I definitely would make these again.

  • Mac & cheese

    • IowanCorn on November 23, 2023

      A decent Mac and cheese recipe, if a bit basic, although I think that was the whole idea behind it. My son who really likes mac and cheese above everything else put it away.

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Reviews about this book

  • Kitchn

    ...for classics — like Alton’s turkey, biscuits, and mashed potatoes — this is the only volume you should need or want.

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  • ISBN 10 1584797959
  • ISBN 13 9781584797951
  • Published Sep 28 2009
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 396
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Stewart, Tabori & Chang Inc
  • Imprint Stewart, Tabori & Chang Inc

Publishers Text

One day, back in the summer of 1992, I decided I wanted to make a television food show. I wasn't going to let the fact that I was little more than a hobbyist get in the way. The odyssey that followed became the program Good Eats, which has managed to hold its own on the Food Network for over a decade. (It even won a Peabody Award, which is a pretty big deal.)

Good Eats: The Early Years is an encyclopedic work encompassing the show's first 80 episodes, from "Steak Your Claim" to "Casserole Over". Each show has its very own chapter, complete with remastered recipes, behind-the-scenes photos and lore, stunningly sophomoric illustrations, poetic narrative, and plenty of useful facts cleverly packaged in the form of knowledge concentrates (patent pending). We've even included bonus recipes that we've been selfishly hoarding over the years. Best of all, we've addressed a few nagging anomalies that have been chafing at our collective culinary conscience for all this time. Nothing big, mind you, but it does feel good to set a few things straight.

If you're a Good Eats fan, a cook, someone who eats, or just a sentient creature passing through the solar system, you'll want your very own copy of Good Eats: The Early Years. And don't worry, Good Eats: The Middle Ages is in the works as we speak.

May the food be with you.
--Alton Brown

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