Alton Brown – cooking show host

Alton Brown hosted Good Eats and Iron Chef America as well as a 2011 Beard Award winner for television and these are his good things.

What are some good things you’ve read?

The Joy of Cooking by Irma S. Rombauer.  “Every recipe is written in the book’s unmistakable style, with ingredients and amounts seamlessly integrated into the instructions. For me this is still the quintessential American cookbook. Try the baked herring and potatoes or sourdough rye. Or perhaps the roast squirrel with walnut ketchup.”

The Frugal Gourmet by Jeff Smith.  “Jeff Smith was the Julia Child of my generation. When his television show, “The Frugal Gourmet,” made its debut on PBS in the 1980s, it conveyed such genuine enthusiasm for cooking that I was moved for the first time to slap down cold cash for a collection of recipes.”

Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking Marcella Hazan.  Hazan is “just a nice Italian mama showing me the ropes.”

What are some good things you’ve watched?

Bond. James Bond. Brown tweeted his martini recipe on the cinemathic birthday of Bond.

No Reservations is one of the best shows on television.”

Point Blank.

What are some good thing you’ve used?

La Croix water along with oatmeal and fruit smoothies.

A good smoker. “I love doing long-smoking projects. When the weather turns really crisp and you have those cool mornings and cool nights, that’s when I break out the big smoking gear and you stay up all night tending the hog.”

Swimming, running and riding his bike – motorcycle that is.  In October “It’s definitely your best motorcycling time of year, by a long shot. Up in the north Georgia mountains, you want to be there when the leaves are falling, so you can see around the curves better and you can drive a little more, shall we say, aggressively, without worrying about oncoming automobiles. You want to really do your wailing in the fall.”

Drew Mikita – counselor

These are Drew Mikita’s good things.

What are some good things you’ve read?

My favorite piece of literature is Siddhartha, by Herman Hesse. This book entered my life at a time when I needed to meet myself. It was terrifying, enlightening, and life-saving. This was the first time something ever glimpsed into my soul and challenged it. You must read Siddhartha!

All people should read The Torah, The Bible, and the Qur’an. Realize they are all way more similar than they are dissimilar. Researching and learning about religions is so important! Read ‘em all! I am not even religious and it is worth it to see what billions of people claim as Truth.

The DSM-IV-Tr, yes, yes, yes, I am a huge nerd. (The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders, Fourth Edition, Text Revision). I always tell my students I am a giant psychology geek! I have invited them all to my DSM-V release, May 2013, allegedly. This book is creed in the mental health world. While I would recommend many other readings in psychology before this heavy-text, it is a fun read for anyone with an interest in mental health. I love any psychology books I can get my hand on. Read any of Freud’s original texts if you want to feel super uncomfortable around your parents!

What are some good things you’ve watched?

I have to say, my favorite thing in the world to watch are any documentaries about Sasquatch, Bigfoot, Yeti, or any other debatable bi-pedal, primate, covered in hair. For some reason I have been fascinated about this creature, or category of creatures. There are so many good Netflix documentaries; Monsterquest is a pretty good one! I think there is just something so intriguing about this phenomenon; I want to know more about the Sasquatch!

I live in Breckenridge, Co. It was my dream as a child to make it to the mountains. I would come here and visit, and knew I was a mountain person. There were some awesomely terrible ‘80s ski movies that convinced me. These movies are your classics Aspen Extreme, Hot Dog, Ski School, Ski Patrol, Copper Mountain (maybe Jim Carey’s best role, does sarcasm come across in typing?). The VHS cover of Aspen Extreme claimed, “Top Gun on the ski slopes!” Oh, it was so much more than that.

A Phish concert live is a must. My favorite band is Phish, yes, hippie music to some. Going to a Phish concert is one of my favorite things to watch for sure. The band is so good, but the people watching is also enjoyable. I have been to a good amount shows now and you never know what you will get!

What are some good things you use?

My Jawbone Jambox is a pretty amazing little thing. I always love to have music on when I am doing anything, cooking, working, or playing Kubb (see below). It rips music and is Bluetooth.

My Kubb set. My best friend Mike Flood, gave me the best gift ever. He got me a Kubb set. This yard game is often called Viking Chess, is perfect for the corn-hole, washers, cups, or any other yard game aficionados. Great for groups, I am not at tournament level yet, but my buddies and I are working on it. My friend and I just made a Cleveland Browns set of Kubb blocks, it is beautiful. I literally played 5 days a week this summer. The set Mike made me has gone to Kubb heaven, but Mike gave me the gift of this wonderful game. Kubb will be the next corn-hole, cheaper, more fun, and can be described as, “throwing sticks at blocks.” What could be better than that?

My smoker. I love ribs, salmon, brisket, and anything BBQ. Generally unhealthy pork of some sort is my weekend eating. I got a smoker for my birthday and was intimidated by it. 9,600 feet above sea-level can make fires a bit of a challenge. I worked at it this summer, had a lot of not great food. Now, I am crushing it and making ribs, salmon, and poppers on the smoker tomorrow. It is not that difficult, and yields amazing unhealthy meals.