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Alton’s Future Cookbooks to Enter the Digital Age

by in Food Network Chef, October 10th, 2011

The third and final installment of Alton Brown’s Good Eats cookbook series hit store shelves last week and the new volume is overflowing with colorful anecdotes, behind-the-scenes shots and a whopping 225 recipes from 85 Good Eats episodes.

We caught up with Alton at the New York City Wine and Food Festival last weekend and discussed his plan for future electronic cookbooks. Of the potential switch from paper to screen, Alton said, “I don’t know how it’s going to change things. I hope to make the cookbook a more kitchen-friendly device, to make it something where you can choose which knowledge you get, which information you get, when you get it and what order you get it in, so that people can adapt the information to the way they cook, instead of changing the way they cook to the way I cook.” He said that ideally, his series of e-book ventures would be available on the Kindle and Apple iPad, as the latter offers bright video and graphic possibilities.

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Catch Anne and Alton: Book Tour Dates

by in Events, Food Network Chef, October 6th, 2011

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Anne Burrell and Alton Brown share something in common: During the month of October, both of their schedules will be filled with book signings across the country.  Check out their individual book tour schedules below to see if they’ll be in a city near you.

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Meet the Stars, Get Your Books Signed During October

by in Food Network Chef, October 5th, 2011

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Guy Fieri will host Brew B’Que at the Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival in Santa Monica, Calif., October 13-16. Chefs from across the country will be serving their top home-style barbecue recipes alongside beers from all over the world. A portion of the proceeds will benefit St. Vincent Meals on Wheels. The four-day event will also feature Tyler Florence, Masaharu Morimoto, Duff Goldman, Scott Conant, Giada De Laurentiis and Michael Chiarello.

Book signings with Anne, Paula, Lisa and Marcela »

“I Got a Ph.D. in Baguette.” — Guy Fieri at NYC Wine and Food Fest

by in Events, Food Network Chef, October 4th, 2011

The crowd hissed, hollered and applauded as he walked on stage. Rock star? Icon? Celebrity? Pretty much. Clad in his signature spiked wristband and sporting his classic bleached-blonde ‘do, Food Network host and chef Guy Fieri spoke to a sold-out crowd on Saturday during a New York City Wine and Food Festival event at the Times Center. Interviewed by Julia Moskin of The New York Times, Fieri explained that he did not grow up with the traditional makings of a chef but instead a “funky food style” defined by “floor-of-the-earth bread” and school lunches that looked more akin to science projects than grade-school fare.

Guy recalls fondly the one dinner in particular that solidified his passion for food and set him on the road to culinary stardom. After he questioned his mother about why she was making eggplant parmesan instead of chicken like “the normal families,” she charged the young Fieri with the task of cooking dinner for the family. A few perfectly grilled rib eyes and a botched batch of pasta later, Guy realized three things about his place in the kitchen: “I cook, we can eat meat. I cook, [it] makes people happy. I cook, I don’t have to do the dishes.”

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Guy Feels the Love From Triple-D Fans and Videos to Watch

by in Food Network Chef, September 21st, 2011

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Guy Fieri recently met with a couple who have made a hobby out of traveling to all of the places featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. So far, Food Network fans Ben and Barb Stillwagon have been to 249 locations and have created a scrapbook collection of their travels. But it’s their latest stop at Guy’s own Johnny Garlic’s that brought them face-to-face with their inspiration and gave them a chance to share their memorabilia with him. SJ-R.com reports that “Guy asked Ben and Barb if they could leave the albums in Santa Rosa for a while so their souvenirs could be scanned into a computer for possible use in the future.” Ben described the meeting as a dream come true.

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Alex Eats: Peppers of All Kinds

by in Food Network Chef, How-to, September 20th, 2011

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alex guarnaschelliEvery week, Alex Guarnaschelli, host of Alex’s Day Off, shares with readers what she’s eating — whether it’s from the farmers’ market or fresh off the boat, she’ll have you craving everything from comfort food to seasonal produce.

Sometimes I like to enjoy the full blast of a chile pepper and sometimes I want a mellower version. Hot peppers can be tamed by removing the seeds and slicing the ribs off the interior flesh. Try not to learn this lesson the hard way if you can help it: Wear gloves to protect your hands when cleaning chiles of their ribs and seeds. If you’ve ever touched the chile and then touched your eyes, you know what I’m talking about.

On one end of the heat spectrum, habaneros and scotch bonnet peppers are two of the hottest varieties. They are small and appear in various hues of green, yellow or red. Because they are so spicy, I use them sparingly in their raw form. I also love to slice and cover them with olive oil — it’s like a bottle of spice that naps in my fridge until I need it. Cooking them can also offer that tamed flavor. Sometimes I marvel at how floral spicy peppers can be underneath all that heat. A few paper-thin slices can brighten (and spice up) a light butter sauce for grilled fish or a hot marinade for other vegetables, such as eggplant, or meat.

Jalapeno, serrano, bell and wax peppers »

Marc Forgione’s Advice to the New Iron Chef Contestants

by in Food Network Chef, Shows, September 19th, 2011

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The countdown to the premiere of Next Iron Chef has officially begun (Sunday, October 30) and who better to kick it off than season three winner Marc Forgione? Nobody knows the stresses of the competition better than he does and with 10 new super-chefs lined up for season four, we asked Marc to share his lessons learned with the new contestants.

1. Do not underestimate any of your competitors.

2. Taste your food.  Sometimes, in the heat of battle, you get caught up in the craziness and forget the basics like tasting your food.

Continue reading Marc’s top 5 tips »

Giada’s Top-Rated Sauce and Bobby’s Healthy Food Fight

by in Food Network Chef, September 14th, 2011

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Giada De Laurentiis’ Tomato Basil Sauce for Target has been receiving some attention after Consumer Reports conducted a taste test of celebrity food products. The taste testers concluded that: “Most consumers would not be able to tell her sauce came from a jar.” With a great taste and affordable price, Giada’s brand received a Consumer Reports best buy ranking. Try making Giada’s Simple Tomato Sauce or Bolognese Sauce at home.

Bobby Flay has teamed up with Aetna for their Healthy Food Fight campaign, which teaches people about the benefits of eating healthy. A national cooking contest, with a chance to win $10,000 worth of groceries is up for grabs, as well as feature appearances from Chef Flay. Visit Healthyfoodfight.com to submit an original healthy recipe for chance to win.

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Alex Eats: Tangy Creams

by in Food Network Chef, How-to, September 13th, 2011

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alex guarnaschelliEvery week, Alex Guarnaschelli, host of Alex’s Day Off, shares with readers what she’s eating — whether it’s from the farmers’ market or fresh off the boat, she’ll have you craving everything from comfort food to seasonal produce.

As a lover of all things dairy, I especially like sour cream, yogurt, crème fraiche and buttermilk because they add “tang” to my cooking. They get their base flavor from friendly bacterial cultures that actively convert the natural sugars in milk lactic acid through fermentation. So if each of these four tangy dairy variants gets its signature acid zip the same way, what makes them different?

Sour Cream: Take cream, add those miraculous cultures, allow fermentation to partially run its course, and voila. It’s has such a thick texture, it can stand on its own. A dollop of sour cream on a baked Idaho or sweet potato is just delicious. I love adding sour cream to blue cheese dressing instead of mayonnaise. Hot blueberry pancakes topped with cold sour cream? It’s so creamy against the fruit.

Yogurt, crème fraiche and buttermilk »

Troy Johnson Talks to Fans on Facebook

by in Community, Food Network Chef, September 13th, 2011

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Last week Troy Johnson, host of Crave, dropped by for a Food Network Facebook chat. If you missed it, here are some of the highlights:

Kate Farber Gold: What is your favorite thing to eat?
TJ: I would have to say Thai food — drunken noodles with duck, so hot it hurts. Or Fruity Pebbles in ice cold milk.

Michelle Buffardi: Is there any food that you hated as a kid but learned to like as a grownup?
TJ: I hated liver, now I love it. Especially one that’s a little enhanced.

Conway Obleman: What would be your last meal?
TJ: It would have to do with mussels, a little roasted bone marrow (meat butter) and a salad so that I can go into the afterlife with a svelte figure.

Troy’s favorite steak in San Diego »