Alton Brown's Gear for Your Kitchen

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Overview


Dedicated viewers of Alton Brown’s acclaimed Food Network show Good Eats know of his penchant for using unusual equipment. He has smoked a salmon in a cardboard box, roasted prime rib in a flowerpot, and used a C-clamp as a nutcracker. Brown isn’t interested in novelty, he’s just devoted to using the best—and simplest—tool for the job.

Alton Brown’s Gear For Your Kitchen offers honest, practical advice on what’s needed and what isn’t, what works and what doesn’t. For instance: ...

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Overview


Dedicated viewers of Alton Brown’s acclaimed Food Network show Good Eats know of his penchant for using unusual equipment. He has smoked a salmon in a cardboard box, roasted prime rib in a flowerpot, and used a C-clamp as a nutcracker. Brown isn’t interested in novelty, he’s just devoted to using the best—and simplest—tool for the job.

Alton Brown’s Gear For Your Kitchen offers honest, practical advice on what’s needed and what isn’t, what works and what doesn’t. For instance: You only need three knives, but they are a lifetime investment. And don’t bother with that famous countertop grill—it doesn’t get hot enough to properly sear. In his signature science-guy style, Brown begins with advice on kitchen layout and organization, then gets to the lowdown on these cooking elements: Big Things with Plugs; Pots and Pans; Sharp Things; The Tool Box; Small Things with Plugs; Storage and Containment; and Safety and Sanitation.

Gear For Your Kitchen is essential for all of Brown’s fans as well as anyone who wants a good guide to great kitchen gear. With more than 125,000 hardcover copies in print, this indispensable—and highly entertaining—book is now offered in a paperback edition that every home cook can afford.

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Best known for his Good Eats program on the Food Network, Brown has all the colander knowledge, marketing savvy and geeky male appeal to whip up a big hit from this unwieldy but very fun macropedia of gadgetry. Splashing the word "gear" across the cover in capital letters is clearly an appeal to the male shopper. Descriptions of every conceivable pan, peeler and propane torch get their due in entries ranging from a few sentences to a few pages, depending on which items Brown considers to be absolute necessities or which are just cool to have around. (As Brown is a self-confessed java-holic, the extensive overview of coffeemakers reads as a labor of love.) There are Mr. Science type explorations of topics such as, "Why Eggs Stick So Bad," and "The Proper Way to Pack a Cooler." One hundred photographs and another 100 illustrations make sense of what, for example, a nylon fish turner or an immersion blender looks like. Lost in the mix are 25 random recipes ranging from Icebox Bran Muffins to Potato Leek Soup. Brown does his own photography but designers Galen Smith and Amy Trombat deserve credit. The layout and graphics, replete with faux handwriting in the margins and arrowed lines zipping through the text are part 1950s Sears catalogue gone art deco, part coffee-table book for George and Judy Jetson. (Oct.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584796961
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2008
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 254,298
  • Product dimensions: 7.25 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Alton Brown

Alton Brown is the writer, director, and host of the Food Network show Good Eats, which won a 2007 Peabody Award, and is the resident food historian, scientist, and color commentator of the network’s Iron Chef America series. In 2004, his book I’m Just Here For the Food won the James Beard Award for Best Cookbook in the Reference category. A regular contributor to Bon Appétit and Men’s Journalmagazines, Brown lives in the southern United States with his wife and daughter.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2004

    A Must-Have

    Nominated this year for another James Beard Award (for Tools and Techniques), Alton Brown has yet another gem for all to enjoy, 'Gear For Your Kitchen'. In this wonderful gem, Alton Brown explains how you can declutter your kitchen within 60 days and stock your kitchen with useful tools that you will actually use! As any 'Good Eats' fan will tell you, Alton Brown believes in 'multi-taskers.' His logic is: Why have a yogurt maker when you only use it once a year? Instead, he shows us, on one of his shows, how he utilizes a heating pad and a couple of canisters to achieve the same results. Not only does he suggest unusual items for your kitchen (a cigar cutter to chop chives), but he also recommends traditional items. He explains the process with which one should consider before purchasing any item. He does explain how he chose that certain coffee maker, but he explains how we need to figure out which one is best for us. Being as he is forever in search of a great utensil or appliance, he is quick to point out which items are more difficult to clean, and not worth buying, and which ones are worth buying. In the section devoted purely to pots and pans, he explains each metal used for cooking, the best uses for that metal, how to care for it and the good and bad points with each metal. Instead of purchasing that expensive imported terra-cotta cookware, he suggests (with diagrams) on how to create your own cookware from flowerpots...I mean, they are both made from the same material. Why pay more because one says 'cookware'? And he doesn't stop there. He also helps his readers by helping them select safety and sanitation supplies for their kitchens! And if you thought that was not enough, he has a large resource section, in the back of the book, where he recommends some excellent places to purchase your items, either through mail, telephone or Internet! This book is complete with Alton Brown's sense of humor, wit and enthusiasm. He is one of the only people out there creating books for people who never went to culinary school. I appreciate his thoroughness, and recommend this book to all new cooks, and for the more seasoned chefs as well.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2005

    Talk about being prepared

    I'm getting married soon, and I was unsure of all the gear I really needed in my kitchen. So before I finished my registry I picked up this book and boy has it changed my whole view on the hardware in my kitchen. Not only do I now really appreciate some of those slightly expensive mixing bowls I received as a gift, but my cheap non stick skillet too. If you want to prepare yourself with all you'll ever need, and not have to keep replacing all the gear in your kitchen you need to read this book. I can already tell that I'm going to be using this as a reference book for years. And as a pleasant surprise I discovered that it's speckled with some really tasty recipes.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 30, 2009

    Must have

    Alton Brown's book is my desk-reference for cooking tools. If I am in the market for any item, I check out Alton's ideas and recommendations on the topic. He has thought through every item, tried most, and has a practical suggestion for each item. A fantastic book!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 27, 2011

    Perfect shower gift!

    There is nothing pompous about Alton Brown. The book is jammed full of practical advice without resorting to specialized equipment that only a high end chef would ever have or use.

    This book would be an excellent present for any new bride or someone setting up a kitchen for the first time. It would be ideal attached to one of the items mentioned in the book to make an even better present. I love his 'no-nonsense' way of explaining each and every item along with uses.

    For the experienced person, it is still a fun read and practical. I used his method of cleaning out my over-filled drawers and now have everything I need and can actually find them when needed.

    I would recommend this book for anyone who loves cooking or wants to.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2010

    Kitchen Gear Explained

    Alton Brown gives great explanations on the different types of kitchen hardware. Definitely helps one figure out what is needed and when.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2010

    Highly Recommend

    This is a great resource for the beginning cook, but also for someone like myself who, after 25 years of marriage, has a renewed interest in cooking. This book helps you to understand that the right tools for the job makes the job (in this case, cooking) easier and more enjoyable.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 30, 2012

    Great advice for novice or experienced cooks

    I had just finished renovating a very outdated kitchen and wanted to upgrade my cookware and tools but didn't want to do so without good advice . This book gives great information on what to spend your money on, as well as what can be obtained much more inexpensively or even left out entirely. He recommends brand names, which may or may not still be appropriate depending on whether new product lines have been introduced, but is a good place to start. Gear for Your Kitchen saved me both time and money, and my kitchen is a pleasure to work in now.

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