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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Help Alton Brown Find the Mystery St. Louis-Style Pizza that Stole His Heart

Posted By on Wed, Jan 15, 2014 at 7:00 AM

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DAVID ALLEN
  • David Allen

So what are your reading on the road to pass the time? What do you like to keep up with online?

Holy smokes, nobody's asked me that. I work a lot. My office sends me research I try to gobble up for whatever project that I've currently got going. I'll usually take a couple of novels to read in case I end up not being able to sleep at night. I took Moby Dick with me. Most of the time our Internet doesn't work, so I don't get a lot of online reading time.... A lot happened on the first leg of the tour that I didn't know about, but by the end of it I didn't know what day it was.

How about music?

I have trio with me, and we're playing my food songs as part of the show. We play five or six songs, so I spend a lot of time practicing on the bus. I've got my guitars and a little travel amp. I spend a good bit of time practicing those songs. So I'm not listening to a lot of stuff as much as I'm playing my own stuff.

What kinds of music influenced the tunes you wrote for the Edible Inevitable?

It's all over the place. We have a punk song, a country song, a lullaby, a blues number and a jazz number. And kind of a folk song. So they're just all over. Genres are all over -- everything from the Clash to Johnny Cash. Something for everybody.

What are you hoping people get out of your show?

Two hours of enjoyment. That's all I can ask. That's all I can hope for. If people come, and say, "I'm really happy I'm really went to that," my job's done. That's all I care about.

I heard in an interview that you had no intention of hosting Good Eats when you initially pitched it. And now you're now the star of your first live variety tour.

Funny how that happens, huh? I never had any intention of being in front of a camera.

Where do you see yourself in ten years from now?

Absolutely no idea. Probably in an old folks' home. No, really -- I don't have good future vision. I find that whenever I make plans, I tend to get in my own way of better things than my plans. So I try to not plan too much.

Between the show, your podcast, and hosting and producing shows for Food Network, you're clearly one of the hardest-working individuals in the business. How are you spending the break between the two legs of your tour?

I'm making Cutthroat Kitchen and Food Network Star. So I fill in between the work with more work.

How about enjoying the holidays with family?

Absolutely. Thanksgiving and around Christmastime, and my daughter's birthday which falls between Christmas and the new year, so definitely.

Do you do the cooking?

I do my share, yeah. I'm usually supervising large hunks of meat. That's kind of my specialty. I'll be doing the turkey and the big standing rib roast on Christmas. Those are mine. And I'm very good at opening at bottles of wine.

Awesome, well, thank you so much for your time. It's been an honor getting to chat with you, and we're definitely going to track down the pizza.

Thank you! And I wish you would. If you could let me know where that came from, gosh, I would sure love to have another one.

For more information on the show, including ticketing, visit the Fox Theatre website or Alton Brown Tour page.

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