Alton Brown: Most Kitchen Devices Are ‘Ineffective’

Marie Rossiter

Ah, kitchen devices. They give the impression of being glossy and funky. Plus, they save us time, sweat and tears as we labor lengthy hours within the kitchen, proper? Properly, possibly not so quick. “Good Eats” host and cooking connoisseur Alton Brown has come out strongly in opposition to most of those trendy culinary marvels. In actual fact, he instructed “Meals and Wine” precisely what he thinks in regards to the newest, best gizmos for gourmets.

“Ninety-nine p.c of issues that individuals purchase within the kitchen, they don’t want,” Brown stated within the interview. “The kitchen is the room most stuffed with ineffective crap.”

Oh, say it ain’t so, Alton! Even the unbelievable Instantaneous Pot, which has taken the kitchen world by storm? Brown stated whereas the fashionable multi-function cooker does what it guarantees, he wonders why it’s obligatory.

“I’ve acquired a strain cooker and these different instruments that I understand how to make use of,” he stated within the interview. “Why am I going to learn to use one other factor?”


As an alternative of the most recent gadget, the favored meals present host recommends spending our kitchen {dollars} on larger high quality necessities each cook dinner ought to have: a pair of top-notch knives and some good pots and pans. And, for these individuals who elevate their eyebrows at spending a whole lot on a knife, Brown has a problem. As an alternative of blowing a bunch of cash on a set of cheaper devices, merely save up for the great things.

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“It’s humorous, we’ll say, ‘Properly, I don’t have $400 to spend on a knife,’” he stated. “Properly, yeah, however to procure six blenders within the final yr and all these different ridiculous instruments that don’t do something for you. We are likely to go for the fast repair within the kitchen, which I don’t imagine in.”

Right here’s one thing else Brown believes in: remaking his profitable “Good Eats” tv sequence. Brown is within the strategy of rebooting the complete sequence with new episodes. However, followers might have to attend till the host tweaks among the traditional episodes first.

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He instructed Meals and Wine about making modifications for 13 of his authentic episodes for the reboot, “Good Eats: Reloaded.”

“Let’s face it, a few of these reveals are 18 years outdated, and I take a look at a few of them now and I’m like, Oh crap, I actually want I had completed this as a substitute of this,” he confessed. “I’m going again and making these repairs.”

“Good Eats: Reloaded” made its return to TV on the Cooking Channel on Oct 15. The brand new sequence, known as “Return of the Eats” will debut on the Meals Community someday in 2019.


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