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Alton Brown's gear for your kitchen
Brown, Alton, 1962-
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Publication Information:
New York : Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2003.
Physical Description:
255 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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TX656 .B79 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Looks at kitchen gadgets and equipment, explaining how to select the best and simplest tool for the job, and offers advice on cooking and twenty-five recipes using the featured tools.

Author Notes

Alton Brown's first book, I'm Just Here For the Food, received the 2003 James Beard Foundation/KitchenAid Book Award for Best Reference Book. Brown is the writer, director, and host of the popular Food Network television show Good Eats

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Publisher's Weekly Review

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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 6
Chapter 1 Pots and Pansp. 12
Chapter 2 Sharp Thingsp. 66
Chapter 3 Small Things with Plugsp. 102
Chapter 4 Kitchen Tools Unpluggedp. 156
Chapter 5 Storage and Containmentp. 206
Chapter 6 Safety and Sanitationp. 224
Afterwordp. 242
Sourcesp. 244
Indexp. 249