This is for Jennie, who's never heard of him, and for Rae, who just found "Feasting on Asphalt" ....
Alton Brown is the host of Good Eats, the best show on Food Network. We've loved Good Eats since we found it a few years ago. We once taped a Good Eats marathon (six hours worth) and laughed ourselves silly over such classics as "Mission Poachable." (That, perchance, was the episode that left Ramona desirous of a certain kind of spatula ... it's the episode wherein Alton, looking over a wicked collection of kitchen utensils, utters knowingly, "I could rock a rainbow trout to sleep with this baby.")
Here's a great article that sums up better than I can what makes it such a great show.
And, yes, I'm just geeky enough to have bought Atticus one of those "I'm just here for the food" aprons.
Back in January, when we scaled down our cable service, I lamented that the only thing I would really miss was Alton Brown. So, I started keeping my eye out for a DVD ... lo and behold, Target came through and I found a great 3-disc set that I snatched up and hid away for Father's Day. I thought Atticus would be properly delighted. However, by June, Atticus had decided to reinstate basic cable (we'd gone down to "even-more-basic-than- basic" which our cable company calls -- get this -- "Lifeline" service, and Atticus was missing baseball, or some such silly thing.) The kids jumped up and down, and I, while delighted to have Alton back, did feel a little disappointed that my Father's Day gift now lacked punch.
But, hey, in exchange for gift-punch I got Good Eats back, plus Behind the Eats and Feasting on Asphalt. It almost makes paying the cable bill worth it.