Celebrity chef and Food Network host Alton Brown is bringing his scientific approach to cooking to a nationwide tour that kicked off Friday.
"Alton Brown Live! The Edible Inevitable Tour" is a 90-minute culinary variety show that features food experiments in a whimsical and educational way, food philosophy in a stand-up comedy routine and Brown's own food songs.
I recently caught up by phone with Brown, best known for his Food Network show "Good Eats," to talk about the tour.
Brown, 51, who lives in Atlanta with his wife and daughter, wouldn't reveal any details about the show, except to say that it is "crazy stuff with purpose."
With a background in theater, Brown said he's excited to take the show on the road because "doing live performances is one of the most fun things I can think of."
"It's hard work, but extremely rewarding," Brown said.
Here's what else he had to say:
Q: Can you tell us a bit about the show?
A: It is a culinary variety show that combines very large and very unusual demonstrations never before seen by human eyes.
Q: What made you take it on the road now?
A: I've done a lot of live performances, but have never been able to work out the time to mount a food tour. I got the right partners to produce something this time.
Q:Why will some people, mainly in the first several rows, be given ponchos?
A: Sometimes things happen in experiments, and these are definitely experiments, that are both educational and hopefully entertaining. They are going to involve volunteers and you can't never really know what volunteers are going to do. So we are taking precautions.
Q: What new food trends are you seeing now?
A: Part-time vegetarianism and even part-time veganism, where people are starting to not avoid meat but, um, use it differently and in smaller amounts. It's really kind of embracing the idea that gee you can be an American and not have a slab of flesh on your plate at every meal.
Q: How do you cook at home?
A: Very, very simply. I have a wife who is not a foodie. See, my problem is I don't cook really from recipes at home; I cook every day at home, but I never use a recipe.
Q: What's one technique every home cook should know?
A: Everybody ought to be able to saute something.