Magazine article ADWEEK

Alton Brown: The Food Network Star Has Put Himself on an iTunes Diet but Has No Qualms about Binging on Books and Magazines

Magazine article ADWEEK

Alton Brown: The Food Network Star Has Put Himself on an iTunes Diet but Has No Qualms about Binging on Books and Magazines

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Who Alton Brown Age 50

Accomplishments Creator and host of Peabody Award-winning Good Eats on Food Network; host of Iron Chef America; mentor on The Next Food Network Star; recipient of 2011 James Beard Award for Best TV Personality

Base Atlanta

What's the first information you consume in the morning?

I'm a pilot, so I'm obsessed with weather, Believe it or not, I took online before I look outside, I go to the aviation forecast for wherever I am, and the FAA and National Weather Service sites,

What do you read or watch or listen to at the breakfast table?

I do the breakfast cooking, so I don't usually gel to sit in the morning. I used to listen to NPR, but now I listen to classical music--Vivaldi in particular.

Are you a TV junkie or on an airtime-restricted diet?

I directed TV commercials for the first part of my career, so I know about the smoke and mirrors of that world. I could go weeks without looking at a television. We don't have a DVR, so either I see something when it comes on, or I miss it. The exception is any miniseries made by the BBC, like this season's run of Sherlock.

Before bed, do you bite into a novel, graze on Twitter of fast until morning?

I always travel with a pile of books. I'm reading The Art of Flying, which is one of those books that pilots read a great deal. I usually have some sort of food research going. Right now, I'm reading Four Fish: The Future of the Lust Wild Food by Paul Greenberg and a book by Jacques Cousteau called The Human, the Orchid, and the Octopus. …

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