Alton Brown Considers 6 Whole Spices Pantry Staples

Alton Brown attends a party in 2018

When Alton Brown burst onto the cooking show scene with his Food Network show Good Eats, he quickly developed a devoted fan base. His goal was to change the way cooking shows operated, and he managed it with his own show. Given his long-lasting success, many people respect Brown’s every opinion when it comes to food. 

Recently, fans wanted to hear the celebrity chef‘s advice on spices. To nobody’s surprise, he was ready with a list of the ones he can’t go without. 

Alton Brown’s six favorite spices

Ah…publication day! And to celebrate, we’ll drop another video from the book, today at 3pm eastern. #GoodEats4

— Alton Brown (@altonbrown) April 26, 2022

Brown has strong feelings about flavor. Eat This, Not That reports that his commitment to perfecting food has led to some unusual recommendations, such as adding mayonnaise to your scrambled eggs for the creamiest results. 

Naturally, fans wanted to know what an expert like Brown has to say about spices. When a fan asked in a Reddit Q&A what his favorite spices are, he was quick to come up with a list. Brown gave his top six spices: allspice, black cardamom, black peppercorn, coriander, cumin, and nutmeg. 

Brown points out two important facts about spices. First, he says that spice preferences are “up to individual tastes,” so everyone will probably have a different list. He also explains that you’ll get the most flavorful results if you buy whole spices and grind them when needed.

Alton Brown is the king of cooking hacks

Food Network chef Alton Brown | Noam Galai/Getty Images for NYCWFF

Brown is known for breaking down the science of cooking and coming up with innovative ways to achieve the best results. For example, his pasta cooking advice goes against everything most cooks were taught, reports BuzzFeed. Instead of adding dry pasta to plenty of boiling water, he recommends putting the pasta in a pot and just covering it with cold water. Bring it to a boil, then simmer until done. 

He also says that the best way to roast meatballs is in an egg carton. The cardboard soaks up any extra fat, for a crispy meatball that’s tender without being soggy. 

Brown’s extensive testing and tasting experience give him the confidence to say that chocolate chip cookies should be made with bread flour, for that bakery-made chew. He also suggests that your morning coffee will taste better if you brew it with a pinch of kosher salt to cut the bitterness. 

Alton Brown started cooking because he hated cooking shows

If you’re not cooking your Vichyssoise in a pressure cooker, you might want to drop by my #Youtube channel at 8 eastern tonight. #ColdPotatoSoup

— Alton Brown (@altonbrown) April 14, 2022

Brown has the resume to back up his unorthodox advice, but his path to preparing food was unusual. According to

Source:: Showbiz Cheat Sheet


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