If you've been in Alton Brown withdrawal since the Food Network aired the last episode of Good Eats back in May, perhaps secretly watching episodes on YouTube when you should have been watching, well, the Food Network I guess, you now have something to look forward to. Brown's third Good Eats cookbook, Good Eats 3: The Later Years, will be published by Stewart, Tabori & Chang in October.
To mark the happy occasion, we've assembled 5 of our favorite Good Eats YouTube episodes. Turn the page. Oh, and if you check out the fine print on the jacket cover, you'll find even more incentives to buy the book: Stickers! Blueprints! Sock puppets! Go tell the children.
5. The Fried Turkey Episode: In which Brown experiments with frying whole turkeys. Propane tanks. Archimedes' principles of buoyancy. What looks to be Hazmat suits, or maybe that stuff they wore in The Hurt Locker. "Where do you keep the kids? Well, that's what the trunk's for! Hahahahaha!" Disclaimer: Alton Brown has one kid. We have two. None of them are normally kept in the truck.
4. Eat This Rock: In which Alton discusses salt, the only rock we eat. If you haven't gotten to Mark Kurlansky's book Salt, here's a considerably shorter Good Eats version. "Without salt, there'd be no beef jerky!"
3. Steak Your Claim: The first episode of Good Eats, circa July, 1999, in which Alton considers the joy of steak ("John Wayne ate steak"). Including a lovely diagram of a square cow, helpful facts ("for those of you who might have grown up in the city, these are cattle!"), and cooking tips.