Good Eats

 
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Quirky culinary comic mixes food, science, fun.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The series offers informative, easy-to-understand explanations of the science behind cooking. It combines science and humor to create a fun, positive educational experience.

Positive role models

Alton Brown's teaching style is witty and informative.

Violence & scariness

Occasional mild references to violence, but within the context of "fighting" a problem associated with preparing a specific food.

Sexy stuff

Some extremely mild sexual innuendo (such as vague references to The Naked Chef) that will go over young viewers' head.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

On very rare occasions, Brown will mention a product brand name, but only in the context of what works best in a recipe.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Alcohol (wine, beer, rum) is occasionally used in a recipe.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this cooking show -- which offers easy-to-follow recipes and tips accompanied by food science, history, and humor -- is fun and educational for both kids and adults. Host/star Alton Brown's witty, smart approach sometimes includes some very mild references to violence and sexual innuendo, but they'll go over young viewers' head.

What's the story?

GOOD EATS is a fun, quirky series that combines science, comedy, and lots of great food. The show centers on culinary expert/author Alton Brown, who uses his unique brand of wit and knowledge to both teach and inspire. He breaks the history, culture, and science associated with ingredients, cooking tools, and dishes into understandable technical terms while preparing everything from French crepes to roasted artichokes. In between cooking segments, Brown exhibits his comedic side in hokey-but-funny sketches that are intended to highlight some of the most important insights about the foods he's preparing.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The series, which Brown writes and produces, is a great example of how to successfully educate people about food preparation using both wisdom and humor. While some of the offbeat banter occasionally includes some very subtle sexual innuendo (don't worry -- it will go over young viewers' head) and some mild references to violence, overall, the show's amusing but practical approach to the culinary arts will inspire cooks of all ages. Best of all, Brown's energy and passion for cooking have the potential to encourage non-cooks to venture into their kitchens.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how television can promote science and learning. Can TV shows geared toward educating people be informative while also being interesting and fun? What shows can you think of that fit that description? Families can also talk about cooking. What are your family's favorite meals? Kids: Have you ever tried cooking? Would you like to? What would you like to make?

TV details

Cast:Alton Brown
Networks:Cooking Channel, Food Network
Genre:Educational
Topics:Science and nature
TV rating:TV-G
Available on:DVD

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Parent of a 2, 5, 7, 9, 9, and 10 year old Written byTabithaWren November 3, 2011
 

amazing

This is a good show that is entertaining as well as educational. The recipes are easy to follow, they taste great, and you learn a thing or two about the science and history of the food. I would say it's appropriate for any age. The website says that there is too much alcohol, but that's just because sometimes he uses alcohol to cook with. I doubt kids will want to run out and get drunk because they saw this show. I would recommend it to ANYONE!
What other families should know
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Teen, 13 years old Written bycoconutcat November 2, 2011
 

Real good!

I love this show! Im pretty sure that even 3 year old will like it! Why you may ask. Its full of puppets XD he uses them to demon strait why yeast rises and such also thing is funny(he is a hand like in the adams family) Alton brown has found an awesome was to make food fun!
Kid, 10 years old August 14, 2009
 

Perfect and education for all ages!

I love Good Eats. It taught me how to make lots of different food. Your children will want to cook new foods every day. Goods eats is like a normal cooking show mixed in with Bill Nye the Science Guy. I love it!
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