Feasting on Asphalt Two
My wife and I made a date to watch the premier of Feasting on Asphalt 2 Saturday night.
Alton was at his all-time best: very relaxed, smiling, funny. For those who don't know about this new Food Network series, it's chef Alton Brown travelling the Mississippi with his crew on BMW's... in search of culinary evidence of America's soul.
The show doesn't really harp on motorcycles, rather from time to time AB simply interjects that it's his favorite way to travel. He's doing us all a tremendous service... being bright, articulate, passionate and clean-shaven... and demonstrating the appeal of two-wheeled travel.
The start of the show didn't exactly bode well. It's highly ironic and more than a little disconcerting that AB proclaimed the show to be about a search for authenticity that would avoid homogonized, lowest-common-denominator food at all cost... then started off by interviewing the folks at Lusianne tea.
What do they do at Lusianne? They blend all sorts of teas from around the world... to create the kind of tea everyone can agree on. Alton asked the guy several times if he had a favorite of the around-the-world-sourced teas they used in their blend... and the guy repeatedly articulated the mantra of 21st Century culinary blandness: blend til there's nothing remarkable left.
Nonetheless, the show is all Alton... and you've got to applaud someone in this age who relies on gut instincts and tiny hand-held shaky cams to produce fine entertainment... from alligator farms to head cheese.
Seems like his biggest problem, Lusianne aside, is going to be keeping the fans at bay during filming.
Great, great, great show. Hail Alton Brown.
PS To learn more about the show, go to The Food Network.
Last edited by Packa-strom; 08-06-2007 at 08:19 AM.