After confessing a long-lived love for catfish, host Alton Brown sets out to modernize its image, making Catfish Ceviche, Southern Fried Catfish and Catfish Soup.
Alton Brown is called to a normal, suburban house one night to "treat" a boy who, having been told that he can't leave the table until he eats his peas, hasn't left the table for a very long time. Alton tempts him with Green Peas with Cheese and Herbs, Curried Split Pea Soup and Split Pea Burgers.
Winter squashes confuse and confound for no other reason than there are so darned many of them. Alton Brown offers advice on how to shop, store and cook a plethora of gourdy recipes, including Butternut Dumpling with Brown Butter and Sage, Squash Soup and Pumpkin Bread, and find out what's really up with beta carotene.
Join Alton Brown as he gets inside cabbage's head and comes out with a better understanding of what makes this potentially troublesome vegetable tick. Side trips include "cutting board blues" and a quick trip through cabbage history. With recipes for Shred, Head, Butter and Bread plus Home of the Braise.
Chef Alton Brown's slaw-centric guest slot on a popular daytime morning talk show turns into a strange and wonderful half hour of good eats. On the menu: Marinated Slaw, Asian Slaw, Beet Slaw and Coleslaw
Fruit can be tricky stuff and that goes double for melons. Shrouded in mystery and misconception its true potential is rarely tapped. Join host Alton Brown as he attempts to demystify one of the most complex and promising fruits around. With recipes for Hot Melon Salad and Melon Sorbet.
Alton brown heads down to Louisiana for a sack of rice, evaluates rice cookers, unlocks saffron and rewrites the rules for the most versatile of all rice dishes: Rice Pilaf.
Join host Alton Brown for a primer for buying, storing, mixing and matching, cooking and eating spices. Find the best tools for grinding them, learn what they are, where they come from and how they shaped the modern world while Alton prepares Curry Powder Blend, Broiled Salmon with AB's Spice Pomade, Vegetable Curry, plus Dried Pear and Fig Compote.
Alton Brown investigates the fruity heat of chilies and that ubiquitous condiment: salsa. Ponder the human tongue, the power of capsaicin and learn to tame the burn of the only food registered as a weapon with the FDA. Recipes include Salsa and Spicy Pineapple Sauce.
Alton Brown teaches what you can do to return macaroni and cheese to a table near you. Alton helps evaluate bakeware, noodles and offers a look into evaporated milk and of course: cheddar cheese. He prepares Baked Macaroni and Cheese, Stove Top Mac-n-Cheese and Next Day Mac and Cheese "Toast."
Join host Alton Brown for a collection of short films about his favorite food: cheese. Learn about everything from pasteurization to pairing, lactose to graters. Learn how to make cheese into Cheese Soup, Parmesan Crisps crackers, and Fromage Fort, a spread to end all spreads.
The pretzel, once a delicious treat, has sadly been twisted into the edible equivalent of cardboard. Join host Alton Brown as he recreates traditional Homemade Soft Pretzels in all its crisp, chewy, golden brown glory along with his favorite accompaniment, Best Mustard Ever. He also offers a recipe for Homemade Hard Pretzels.
Whether they're the main ingredient or a supporting player, nuts have needs -- special needs if we're going to get the most out of them. Alton Brown shares better ways to store and cook with all varieties of nuts. Recipes include: Pistachio Fruit Balls, Cashew Sauce, Macadamia Nut Crusted Mahi Mahi, Macadamia Nut Crust, Pistachio Mixed Herb Pesto.
They're long, they're orange and they're everywhere, but do we ever really think about carrots? Host Alton Brown does -- a lot. Join him as he concocts everything from Glazed Carrots and Carrot Slaw to Carrot Cake and explains the whole carrot/vision thing.
Join host Alton Brown as he considers one of the oldest and most versatile players in the pantry, the lentil. The lentil has more to offer than fiber, minerals and a steak's worth of protein, as Alton details while making Lentil Soup, Lentil Salad and Lentil Cookies ... yes, cookies.
No foodstuff screams American pop culture as loudly as popcorn, but modern movie popcorn tastes more like butter-flavored packing material than actual corn. Alton Brown takes a trip to the past to uncover the origins of the tasty treat, reveals the best corn for the job, and leaves no kernel un-popped in his search for the perfect popper. With recipes for Perfect Popcorn, Savory Herb Popcorn and Slacker Jacks.
Honey is the most mentioned food in the Bible: The only food produced for us by animals. It's a sweetener, it's an antiseptic, it's amazing. Alton Brown shows just how amazing with his recipes for Honey Plums, Honey Mustard Dressing, Sweet and Sour Dessert Sauce and Aunt Verna's Orange Cake.
Long before refined sugar, molasses was the sweetener of choice. Join host Alton Brown as he digs deep in the pantry to resurrect this historic and versatile syrup. Recipes include: Boston Brown Bread, Homemade Dark Brown Sugar, Molasses Coffee Marinated Pork Chops, Shoo-Fly Pie.
Join host Alton Brown as he breaks the trend toward an overly sweet and fussy pastry and gets us back to the original chiffon cupcake that will make you feel like a kid again. Alton makes Chocolate Chiffon Cupcake, Chiffon Cupcakes and Simple Vanilla Buttercream Frosting.
Alton Brown shops, shucks and shares the history and methods of the summer fave -- corn. He highlights the sweetness of corn with Better Than Grannie's Creamed Corn, Creamed Corn Cornbread and Plain Brown Popper.
Alton Brown has everything you never knew you wanted to know about procuring, preserving and presenting the first vegetable of the season, asparagus. Buying, storing, and cooking are investigated as well as the science behind that ... um ... funny smell.
The beet has long been feared by memories of pickled red wedges served straight from the can, but Alton Brown's here to say that beets are good eats! Coming to this ruby root's defense, our trusty host suggests one approach this veggie with an open mind and a good pair of gloves! With recipes for Pickled Beets, Glazed Baby Beets and Beet Green Gratin.
In an effort to tempt his niece into eating her vegetables, host Alton Brown manages to sneak them into several tasty treats, with Parsnip Crisps, Parsnip Muffins and Pearsnip Sauce.
Join our intrepid host, Alton Brown, as he reinvents the classic Green Bean Casserole just in time to save the holidays.
Alton Brown takes a closer look at the king of spices, pepper, goes in search of the perfect peppermill, and examines the peculiar (but delicious) properties of pepper's essential oils. With recipes for Black Pepper Mango Sorbet, 4-Pepper Deviled Eggs, Slow Cooker Pepper Pork Chops and Pepper Vodka.
Wild salmon can be a shock to the budget but host Alton Brown proves that it is worth every penny if properly and simply prepared. With recipes for Coho Salmon Fillets, Bi-Level King Salmon Fillet and Broiled Sockeye Salmon with Citrus Glaze.