“It’s a very personal book. It is literally 100 recipes for the food that I actually eat in real life,” Alton Brown told Parade. “EveryDayCook” is set to release on Sept. 27 by Ballantine Books.
Chef. Author. Videographer. Father. Singer-songwriter. Bow tie designer.
Those are just a few of the adjectives that can be used to describe Alton Brown. The longtime TV host of Cutthroat Kitchen, Iron Chef: America andGood Eats announced 40 additional stops on the Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science Tour—his second cross-country live culinary variety show, which resumes March 12, 2017, in Bakersfield, California.
Next up is a new cookbook, EveryDayCook, coming Sept. 27 from Ballantine Books. This book is very different from his James Beard award-winning I’m Just Here for the Food and New York Times-bestselling seriesGood Eats.
“It’s a very personal book,” Brown says. “It is literally 100 recipes for the food that I actually eat in real life.”
The cookbook is also a nod to the Instagram generation—every highly stylized, cinematographic photograph was shot using an iPhone.
“I’ve never ever done a book where there were photographs done just for the book,” he says. “There are challenges, but there are also some great freedoms allowed by working within that device.”
When Brown’s not writing cookbooks and producing shows, he’s writing music. He plays several musical instruments, including the guitar, which he always takes on the road and plays prominently in his live shows.
“I really, really enjoy doing the songs,” he says, but declines to pick a favorite among the 5-6 clever, food-centric tunes he writes for each tour. “Actually, I pulled my very favorite song out of the show because it didn’t fit where I was using it.”
One tune that stayed in the show skewered GMOs, or genetically modified organisms, a major topic of discussion these days among foodies, readers and eaters.
The lyrics displayed along with Frankenstein and The Walking Dead-related images go something like this, “Listen up modern man ‘cause we best understand, just because we can don’t mean we should. Sure science it’s tasty, but if we get too hasty, we’ll be takin’ orders from some guy named Rick! Yes, the times they are a changin’ but chromosome rearrangin’ might not be worth engaging in…at least not just yet.”
Brown will also make his Broadway debut for eight performances of his live show at the Barrymore Theatre in New York City during Thanksgiving week.
Here are 10 more fun facts you might not know about Alton Brown.
- Brown has over 2,000 cookbooks in his personal library—imagine the recipe inspiration!
- He hates raisins! (“They suck,” he says. “I hate raisins and anything that pretends to taste like a raisin. I’m not a big fan of beef liver or Sriracha either.”)
- Quite the daredevil, he owns a Cessna 414A—along with a pilot’s license to fly the plane whenever he pleases.
- Brown has a bow tie collection consisting of 200, many of which came from a retired art school professor. A few years ago he even designed a collection of ties for Hook & Albert, a New York-based premium men’s accessories company. “I wanted them done in America so it was an old factory out of Long Island that had done Brooks Brothers ties for years and years and years,” he said. “It was a nice collaboration.”
- He also has two pets—cardigan corgis. Three if you count his vintage 1971 BMW 2002 named Klaus.
- Brown took seven years to graduate college and switched schools twice before graduating from the University of Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in Drama.
- In fact, he actually trained to be a movie director, and never saw himself ending up on the opposite side of the camera.
- Brown was the director of photography for REM’s music video for “The One I Love.”
- Another hobby of Brown’s is scuba diving, which he does so avidly.
- His start with the food industry was as a pizza deliveryman in college. At this same time, he also utilized his culinary skills as “a way to get dates.”