We first met Alton Brown way back in 1999 when he interviewed us for his Good Eats episode on Fruit Cake:
We recently had the pleasure of hanging out with Alton Brown again, this time for his Alton Browncast on Nerdist. Here is the link to the show should you want to listen.
Here are the show notes:
21:45 – “Nowadays in America, everybody’s got a pepper mill, which is what you’re supposed to do.”
22:15 – Indonesian cinnamon vs. Vietnamese Cinnamon.
26:50 – Grains of Paradise and Sumac, AB’s “spice of the year.”
28:50 – Sichuan Peppercorns (NOT a peppercorn!) and Sansho Pepper.
34:30 – Medicinal properties of Tumeric and Fenugreek.
37:20 – Six kinds of Paprika.
38:20 – A renaissance of smoked spices, e.g. Smoked Paprika (Pimenton)
43:10 – How to store your spices (air and humidity are your enemies!)
44:40 – What’s your favorite Vanilla?
46:10 – How do you procure your spices?
50:01 – The rise in popularity of Cumin (Alton Brown’s favorite spice!) and Coriander.
51:31 – The problem with organic spices.
54:48 – Five things you wish people knew about using spices.
57:15 – Spices people should buy, but don’t: Grains of Paradise (“a proven aphrodisiac”), Ginger, Tumeric, Vanilla in savory dishes (e.g. pork).
1:00:20 – AB pontificates on the different varieties of Vanilla, and the unjust way in which Americans use the word “vanillia” as a synonym for “bland.”
1:07:00 – AB describes the differences Ceylon “True” Cinnamon vs. Vietnamese Cassia Saigon Cinnamon vs. Indonesian Cassia Cinnamon.
1:10:35 – AB talks about Hungarian Paprika vs. Spanish Paprika.
Thank you so much, Alton and Nerdist!