As the calendar now says November, and the stores are filling up with Christmas merchandise, you may be starting to think about Christmas gifts for family and friends. Throughout the season, I will be providing my readers with gift ideas for the food lover. I thought I would start off by looking at some books from my ultimate food inspiration, Alton Brown. He has come out with several books over the years and I have found that the cheapest place to get these books are at Amazon.com. If you shop at some place like Borders or Barnes & Noble, you could end up paying $40 for one of these books, especially the new Good Eats book.
I’m Just Here for the Food: Version 2.0
This book is one I turn to quite often. They say if you teach a man to fish, he will eat for a lifetime, this is that kind of a book. It teaches you the science behind cooking from deep frying to roasting. It also is packed full of great recipes, with my favorite being one for flank steak.
I’m Just Here for More Food: Food x Mixing + Heat = Baking
This book is just like the above book, except it focuses on the topic of baking. Science is even more important with baking as one wrong measurement can completely throw off a recipe.
Alton Brown’s Gear for Your Kitchen
This is one of the most common resources I use in research for this site. This books talks about every kitchen tool you can imagine. If you ever wondered what toaster Alton recommends, then this is the book to buy.
Good Eats: The Early Years
This book covers the first 80 episodes of Good Eats. It contains recipes from the show including updates and new recipes. It contains information from the shows, so it can be easily at your fingertips. It’s a great book to have on your coffee table.
Good Eats 2: The Middle Years
This is the latest book in the Good Eats series. It covers the middle episodes of the series.