Now before you get your gluten strands in a knot, note that you can’t watch full episodes yet, only clips. I’ve asked Hulu if we can expect more and will update you when I hear back.
If you’re new to the show, host Alton Brown is food’s Bill Nye, or TV’s Harold McGee. He’s hyper-informative, equally practical and scientific, and eschews strict recipes for more applicable knowledge. Example: the chocolate-chip cookie episode (sadly not on Hulu) goes through many iterations of the Toll House recipe, explaining what happens when you swap brown sugar for white, cake flour for all-purpose, shortening for butter, and so on. By the end, you learn not only how to make a damn good cookie, but more holistic knowledge on the physics of baking.
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