Good Eats was a show on Food Network that run for 13 years and aired more than 250 episodes. It was an unusual cooking show, like nothing else till then, nothing else after. The host, Alton Brown, narrated the viewer through the history, science and social significance of the food. Not many show are like that! It is one of the shows that inspired me to have a different view to food and in way it spiral all the events that lead to the creation of this blog!
As the show host explained, when he got the idea of the show he wrote on a piece of paper the three elements that he wants the show to have: Julia Child, Mody Pythons and Mr. Wizard. And he did. His food was never complicated or fancy. It was simple and delicious just like Julia’s. The show very often was inspired from movies like “Sweeny Todd” or “Misery” packed with corky jokes, pop references and a healthy dose of sarcasm just like watching a Mody Pythons movie. Finally he took a very scientific approach to food anywhere from the reaction that take place when you cook something to the equipment that is used to prepare it. Very often he will take a MacGyver approach to substitute a cooking device or improve another one, a clear inspiration from the Mr. Wizard show.
In the cycle of the 13 years the show significantly changed by becoming more theatrical, more scientific and creating a cult. The show is widely known for using actors, creating character and portraying historic figures that Jefferson, Washington, Carver, Paster etc. However, for all the fans of the show Alton Brown is known for the term “Unitasker” and the phrase “That’s Another Show”. the first was a term to describe cooking devices or tools that can only have a single function and offer nothing to the culinary toolbox. As the host used to say the only Unitasker allowed in his kitchen was the fire extinguisher, which however, in the 150 episode anniversary he demonstrated that it is not a unitasker by making a smoothie with it. The other phrase is very characteristic when during an episode he will reference another dish, which due to time he wouldn’t prepare.
That’s Another Show
Over the years he collected a large number of “Another Show” recipes or episodes. Some of them he already did but most of them he didn’t and many of the show fans, myself included, feel that Mr. Brown owes us. Here I have a small tribute to the show by listing all those “Another Show” moments. I am in the process of re-watching all the episodes through the rerun of the show at the Cooking Channel (and the complimentary on-demand service).
I will update the list as I go!
That’s Another Show Episode List
|Episode 5||What happens when water gets at home||Done! Episode S10E06|
|Episode 6||Relationship between ice and the cook||Active|
|Episode 12||Turkey neck and giblet||Active|
|Episode 14||Sweet version of antojitos||Active|
|Episode 20||Button mushrooms||Active|
|Episode 4||Fancy substitution willful improvisation||Active|
|Coconut Cake||Done! Episode S11E03|
|Cook like a bee contest||Active|
|Episode 7||Venison with sweet compost||Active|
|Episode 1||Dessert pudding||Active|
|Episode 6||Venture deeper in the diary of great grandpa Brown||Active|
|Episode 13||Blood oranges||Active|
|Orange cubes in champagne||Active|
|Homemade ginger ale||Done! Episode S12E11|
|Episode 6||Apple and apricot brandy for punch||Active|
|Episode 8||Spinning sequels of these puppies||Active|
|Beer battered code||Done! Episode SXXEXX|
|Episode 9||English truffle with leftover pound cake||Active|
|Episode 10||Pumpernickel bread||Active|
|Episode 12||Tequila||Done! Episode S13E14|
|Beyond Cooking with Booze(extracts)||Active|
|Episode 13||Green tea||Active|
|Episode 14||Home made Worcestershire sauce||Active|
|Episode 17||Wet masalas||Active|
|True Indian pantry (several more episodes of good eats)||Active|
|Episode 2||Grilled pizza||Done! Episode S14E05|
|Episode 10||the corn candy dough can be shaped in other forms||Active|
|Episode 12||Pumpkin carving||Active|
|Other pumpkin pure fine applications||Active|
|Episode 19||Crystalized ginger||Done!Episode S12E11|
|Episode 22||Japanese noodle||Active|
The episode listing followed here is from TV Rage and Wikipedia.