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Episode 250: Nerdist Podcast
Alton Brown
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Nerdist Podcast: Alton Brown

Alton Brown sits down with Matt and Chris to talk all things food and cooking! They also talk about Doctor Who, of course, and how Alton flies his own planes!

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  1. Chassidy says:

    Damn, I wish I could think of sonemhitg smart like that!

  2. Mark Kane says:

    Been a big AB fan since the first good eats. Mixing a little science with a little culinary skill with a lot of humor got me into the kitchen and I never looked back.

    Suggestion – Home BBQ and DIY smokers. I have built a couple of small rigs and would love to know more about it.

  3. Chuck Kurtz says:

    Listen to your podcast all the time. I decided to try your recipe for peanut brittle. It was a failure. This was your all sugar recipe on food network. Could not get the amber color. Any tips?

  4. cheryl loper says:

    I listened to the podcast that gave instructions on how to make cranberry sauce. I was so excited to serve it to my daughters on Thanksgiving. I made a really big deal that it was “Alton Brown’s recipe” like you personally called me with it or something. I wanted to present on a crisp, white plate and put it on the table next to all the other dishes. I DID notice it was dark in color, but thought maybe there was something in the honey I bought from the local Mullet Festival this fall that made it turn dark. Plus, the lights were low. My daughters (13 and 16) said, “it looks, well, DARK!” Like black beans!” I poo-pooed, it, until I licked the lid of the container (which was the same kind of the container I stored the cranberry sauce). It was black beans. Sitting atop a crisp white plate in the middle of the Thanksgiving table. Let’s just say, after the laughter stopped, the Alton Brown cranberry sauce was thoroughly enjoyed.

  5. Brett says:

    I’m really enjoying the The Alton Browncast. I’ve Been listening religiously since its debut. I do have a few small suggestions that might make for a better sounding show. Feel free to tell me to STFU, but I hear quite a bit of mouth noise and a chronically whistling nostril throughout all the content. Mr. Brown might want to try a foam sock or pop filter to reduce these sounds. Also muting his mic while the guest is speaking would help eliminate the extraneous heavy breathing that’s quite audible.I also hear many rough edits that could be smoothed out. In addition to this the overall sound of the podcast is thin and trebly. I’m not sure what mics or preamps he’s using but the sound should be a little rounder and fuller. For a guy who’s as meticulous and precise as Alton Brown I feel that technically the Browncast falls a bit short of his high standards. These are just some suggestions. Love the Browncast!

  6. Rich says:

    Alton, I just found your podcast, and I’m glad I did. I just finished listening to the episode with Keith Schroder. Good stuff.

    I, like many I’m sure, love the way you bring science into the kitchen, and was quite sad to see Good Eats end. But life does go on, and I look forward to your next big thing.

    I think my dream would be to go flying with you. I’m one of those guys who has had a Sport Pilot Student Certificate in his wallet for years, but hasn’t had the chance (read: money) to exercise it. I’m in EAA Chapter 690, and enjoy being one of the ground crew volunteers for the Young Eagles program, which our chapter is very proud of, and often when I’m out at KLZU I hope (knowing it won’t happen) that maybe I’ll bump into you. 😉

    Anyway, glad to have found your podcast, and look forward to hearing more of it! Thanks!

  7. Trevor says:

    $75 pig roast plans please Alton! The world is ready!

  8. Sydney says:

    So, you beg Mr. Brown to come on, and then you allow really disgusting comments like that to be published. Stay classy, Nerdist.

  9. markus says:

    $75 pig roast thing was a very good idea – food network sucks for not letting this on the air….

  10. suizome says:

    Love the episode! I really just love Alton. I can’t wait for the Puppet Food bourne illness show, it sounds entertaining as hell! For me, I crave sushi and tomatos, but mostly tomatos. Apparently, I learned that it’s actually scientifically named tomatophagia. In fact, I’ve been told by friends I should probably get my blood check saying it might be iron deficency.

  11. Chrissy says:

    It was interesting to hear about Alton Brown and him playing guitar and flying his own plane. This fascinated me because I, too, share his love of both, along with having a culinary life. I am not a chef, but my mother is classically trained from the FCI amongst other schools. Thank you for this great podcast, Chris and Alton!

  12. Jim says:

    PLEASE, Alton! I want to know how to build a whole hog roaster for $75!!!!! put it out there!

  13. Jack says:

    Holy fuck I just heard Alton Brown say “Shut the fuck up.”

    Thats like seeing Mr Rogers in his underpants.

  14. setlasmon says:

    Alton Brown really likes “..finishing people’s sentences?” – Alton Brown

    Also that STFU to Matt was pretty epic. Jonah probably orgasmed when he heard that.

  15. bertman4 says:

    @Chris Hardwick
    During the episode, Alton was talking about the restaurant business. If you’ve never worked in the food service industry, I highly recommend Anthony Bourdain’s book _Kitchen Confidential_. IIRC he reads the audbiobook himself. It’s available on Audible, one of your sponsors. Check it out.

  16. MasterOfStudies says:

    Well Chris, with this post you might as well have hooked my brain into a playlist called “Eternal Happiness” – or something similar – and left me to soak in the awesomeness that ensued.
    First of all, Alton Brown is a genius. I was thinking about suggesting his appearance on this podcast to you. It’s like you read my mind.
    Second, Thank you for the sparkling new material for my dinner conversations (i.e. Alton’s flying abilities and the fascinating concept that no one truly craves broccoli).
    Third, thank you in general for this podcast. We (the group of fellow Whovians and Nerdists at my school) think it’s quite fantastic that you’re making it ‘cool’ to be a complete nerd.

  17. Old Doctor says:

    Great podcast! – even-though I don’t listen to it on an Ipod so is it still a podcast?

    Anyway the greatest thing I have learned from Alton was that stuffing is EVIL and the proper way to roast a turkey is to soak it in a tasty brine over night then flash bake it 30 minutes at 500 degrees, cover with foil, then reduce the heat to 350 and bake until an internal temperature of 160. The bird comes out so tender and juicy it is unbelievable and it takes less than 2 hours to complete. Much better than the dry husk one gets from stuffing it and slow roasting it over half a day like my mother used to.

    Thank you Alton Brown. I agree it is best to understand why things work than just how to follow direction.

  18. Arie Regan says:

    Very meta: Just clicked through here to Amazon – like any good citizen of Nerdist Nation – to buy John Barrowman’s two imminent book releases. He’s become such a fun addition to our gang – yes, ours, shutup – I’m happy to support him and you and wow this is cheesy but there it is.

  19. GooseGanja says:

    Great show … but I guess you can’t laugh when Altons around, Jesus he was a dick to Matt.

  20. Lynda says:

    Me again – yep it was Fran’s

    Sorry, was curious, had to know. >_<

    Also, when is Nerdist coming to Seattle again? It should be March 1st or 2nd or 3rd – Emerald City Comicon ^_^

  21. Lynda says:

    Chris – I think the chocolatier in Seattle you might have seen is Fran’s Chocolates. Their Gray and Smoked Salt Caramels are ever so yummy.

  22. John says:

    David Tennant. Alton Brown. All you need to do is get Stephen King and Quentin Tarintino and my head will explode! So much awesome!

  23. James says:

    Chris, you should try a chai tea misto. It’s the chai tea bags steeped in half water half milk. That way you don’t get all of the sugar from the concentrate.

  24. Devan says:

    Unleash the Kraken buffet!!

  25. Three Toes of Fury says:

    @Doctor Quemmento…..HA! a well played volley of python! Thats twice in one day that ya got me cackling…well played indeed!

    Peace n Romanes Eunt Domus (Romans Go Home!)


  26. FocusPlease says:

    I grew up on Good Eats (my dad’s a HUGE Alton fan), so this episode was an amazing surprise. Made me crazy nostalgic and might’ve made me cry… (I’m a hormonal teenager, what’cha gonna do?)

  27. @3ToF
    Thanks, sir! #hattip

    @Cauliflower Liberation Front (3ToF)
    The only thing we hate more than broccoli is the fucking Liberation Front of Cauliflower.

  28. Lucas says:

    This was one of the best. Really loved it!

  29. Joe Goober says:

    So where are our instructions for the $75 pig roaster? I need this device!

  30. Cauliflower Liberation Front says:

    yessss…excceelllent….our plans to brainwash Alton Brown and use him to convince the massess that that crave broccoli is working perfectly. mwhahahhaha! DEATH TO BROCOLI!




  31. three toes of fury says:

    michelle: WOOT! nice MST3K shout out.

    Dr Quemmento: “dawning of the age of asparagus”…LOL….better yet…COL!!! (Cacklin out Loud). Freakin brilliant…im so going to be looking for an opportunity to use that pun someday.

    Peace .n. Nerdists 4 Eva


  32. I hardly get through an episode of Good Eats without deciding to cook something. He’s the perfect food nerd for the podcast.
    Also, I have never craved broccoli.

  33. Elnino says:


    Great podcast. Have watched AB for a long time and was excited to hear was going to be on the show. Really enjoyed the conversation and hope to see his new shows get picked up. Strong work as always.

  34. Renee says:

    Joel Hodgson and AB within a week! You must have known it was my birthday. I really hope all of AB’s pitches come to fruition. Science and puppets?! Yes!

  35. Well that seals it. Alton Brown is on the Nerdist podcast and people are craving vegetables left and right. It can only mean one thing. This is the dawning of the age of asparagus.

  36. Michelle says:

    push the button Frank.

  37. James M. Herron says:

    My two favorite nerds on the planet!!!

    I had the pleasure of meeting Alton at a book signing here in Chicago a few years ago when he was doing the book signing for on the first Good Eats cookbook. He was a cool as you’d imagine he is and talked for about 45 minutes. The book store was packed there had to be 300 – 400 people in the place on 3 floors and he stayed signed every book and took pictures with anyone that wanted one taken.
    To this day one of my most prized possessions is the picture with AB…

  38. toonsmyth says:

    PHENOMENAL EPISODE! Alton is just so super suave. He is the Bill Nye of food! I am SO glad that his protege Justin won the Next Food Network Star. Well chosen, Alton. He truly seemed to be a younger version of you!

    So MY guess for the IRON CHEF contestant that attempted to use marijuana would be Forgionne. Maybe Faulkner. They just seem like they’d be “cool” in that sense. 😉

  39. DefconDan says:

    New greatest moment in Nerdist Podcast… Alton Brown telling Matt Mira to STFU!! Soo awesome! Great podcast as usual guys. Alton just continue a mini Good Eats series on the Nerdist YouTube! Hell I would pay per episode for that!!!

  40. Taylor M. says:

    *addiction. Curses. I hate misspellings.

  41. Taylor M. says:

    Wow, it’s like you’re psychic or something Chris. Good Eats and Iron Chef are two of my show addicttions and Alton is the primary reason for that. Great episode. Makes me think that a podcast with Anthony Bourdain would be great as well. Food is awesome.

  42. Jennifer Chandler says:

    Sorry Alton, I’m going to have to admit that I might be an alien. I CRAVE BROCCOLI. Honest to god I do crave i and will get up in the middle of the night to eat it. I also crave celery, mushrooms and several other overly healthy foods. Now that is equally balanced by chocolate, a must have for all women not allergic to it.

  43. John G. says:

    When nerd worlds collide… Cheers all around, my good sirs.

  44. Bill says:

    Good show. But in the spirit of constructive criticism: Too much Chris. Not enough AB. IMHO. Still enjoyed it, though!

  45. Woodie says:

    I have to admit:
    I CRAVE BROCCOLI(from time to time)

    I love it, I love vegetables as much as I like meat(you know, real MEAT, like a huge steak, half a pig etc).

    And now I’d like to have dinner with AB(his expenses) and wont mind if he accuses me of lying all the time. 😀

  46. Jeff post says:

    Alton brown is my hero and my interest in your podcast has been renewed

  47. Vox Populi says:

    Damn, this episode makes me so happy. I’ve always been a huge fan of Good Eats and everything else Alton Brown has been involved in. If it weren’t for his show, I’d still be eating ramen for breakfast.

  48. Erika says:

    I craved broccoli for years, and in certain seasons, always! The same goes for certain fruits and other vegetables. If you limit your diet to stay healthy, you begin to love within the limits very much! Maybe I’m a creature of habit, too, but I like how I feel after eating those foods, and maybe that is part of the craving. There are good cravings vs. bad cravings, for me – the good is a wish, the bad is “gottahaveit” feeling like a bad habit and they say that feeling may point to something you are actually allergic or sensitive to.

  49. Erika says:

    I always crave broccoli!!! It’s a matter of habits!