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  • Acting for Two: Alton often plays two different characters in the same scene (generally one of them as himself), sometimes doing a cut between himself and the alter-ego, and sometimes using editing trickery to put him and the alter-ego in the same shot.
  • Actor Allusion:
    • In Season 7 episode "The Cookie Clause", Alton Brown mentions using cocoa powder to hide mistakes with coloring frosting. Santa turns to the camera, stroking his chin and murmuring "cocoa powder". The actor who played Santa, Bart Hansard, also plays Cocoa Carl, one of Alton's Sitcom Arch Nemeses.
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    • Hansard also showed up as an appliance salesman in the souffle episode, leading to a You Look Familiar moment at the end of the scene.
  • The Danza: W, aka Vicki Wong, is played by Alton's chiropractor, Vickie Eng.
  • Descended Creator: In the book Good Eats: The Early Years, Alton says that everyone who works on the show does so with the understanding that, one day, they'll be appearing on-camera in some capacity. Thus many characters in the series are members of the staff (exceptions are actual food experts such as Deb Duchon the nutritional anthropologist, Shirley Corriher, and a few recurring characters that are hired actors such as Marsha, Elton, Cocoa Carl, Chuck, etc).
  • Doing It for the Art: Alton never made any money off of Good Eats itself, instead pouring what would have been his salary back into the show's budget. He makes all his money off of merchandise, writing, and advertising (like the series of ads for Welch's grape juice).
    • One of the producers even agreed to construct a new home around a kitchen specifically designed to allow for production of the show within said home/kitchen (this would be the "set" used for Seasons 5-8). Complaints from neighbors eventually forced the show into a lookalike studio set for the remainder of the production run.
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  • Real-Life Relative: Alton's mother appears in "Romancing The Bird"; his (now deceased) grandmother was in two episodes (fruitcake and biscuits); his daughter appears in several episodes; however, his wife (who is also a producer) did not appear outside of the curtain call on the 10th Anniversary special.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: The reason that W often appears as a Virtual Ghost in early seasons is that the woman who plays her, Vickie Eng, was out of the country for the purpose of adopting a child. She had to film many of these appearances in advance.
  • Science Marches On / Tech Marches On: Often, Alton's explanations and guidelines on whether to do (or not do) and use (or not use) a certain thing change with the seasons due to new studies, new technology, or changes in commercial foods. Sometimes, he will address his previous guidelines and explain how things have changed—but this doesn't stop Negative Nellies from pouncing on what they think are examples of Alton not doing his homework.
    • Of particular note, Alton's stance on frying machines.Explanation 
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    • Then there's Alton's use of shortening.Explanation 
    • Curiously enough, some of these changes appear due to Brown's and Food Network's influence. Items like Microplane graters and chimney starters were relatively hard to find back in 1999, but today are available at any store with a cooking section or barbecue display.
    • Good Eats: Reloaded is all about updating older episodes to approach this, such as discussing how things have moved on, and providing corrections, such as new looks at how to boil pasta on the Reloaded episode of "Use Your Noodle".
  • What Could Have Been: On an episode of the Nerdist, AB mentioned that he was able to figure out a way to effectively cook a whole pig with just 75 dollars worth of gear from the hardware store. Unfortunately, the executives at Food Network vetoed it because they said no one would actually try it.
    • Every time Alton says "but that's another show"...and we never got that episode.
    • A topic mentioned in Good Eats: The Early Years but not specifically mentioned in the series: "I still think anchovies would make a great show."


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