Leave it to Alton Brown to make a show featuring something most of us are perfectly happy purchasing at the megamart—crackers. But that is one of the things I enjoy about AB, he challenges us to break from the norm.
First thing, was it me seeing things or was this episode filmed back at the real house the Good Eats set is now based on? There were a couple of shots with the fireplace area in the background and the scenery did not look like the backdrop used in the studio. I also noticed the refrigerator humming. And the lighting looked different too. Who knows. Perhaps I’m making it up. Maybe AB can drop by and answer my burning question… yeah, right.
As for the episode itself, there were a lot of great learning segments. The history of crackers, complete with the animation, was a traditional GE moment. So was the run down of the different types of crackers. The aluminum-free baking powder was a very important tidbit to know in making crackers.
Lucky Yates (aka the Dungeon Master) appeared as the father of graham crackers, Reverend Sylvester Graham, in a talk show interview. This segment was okay. I was a bit disappointed since it was so similar to a scene done before in the Tuna episode. Having the elves that live in the tree as tech support, however, was pure brilliance.
Um, what was the deal with the accordion cutter thing? I didn’t know why Alton recommended it. Maybe if you get into making lots of crackers it would be worth it, but I think I’ll pass for now.
I was expecting Alton to break out the aerosol cheese he made this year in his Nashville demo for the crackers. Oh well, maybe next time.
Going Crackers was, overall, a solid episode with good information and three reasonable recipes. Those seedy crisps looked awesome, by the way. I foresee them being made soon.