If you have any interest in cooking I recommend checking this show out if you haven't already. Unlike many cooking shows it's not just someone droning on and on about recipes and/or anecdotes about their family. It's the most interesting cooking show I've ever seen and I come away from every episode feeling like I've been entertained, I've learned something, and I'm looking forward to cooking something from the show or applying what I've learned to some other dish. Plus it's fun to watch someone cook BBQ pork in a flowerpot or smoke bacon in discarded school lockers.
Food Network runs this show every weeknight at 6pm and new episodes run on Wednesday night at 9pm followed by a rerun episode. Alton also has some books out: "Gear for your Kitchen" where he lists what are the essential tools to have when cooking and what features he feels you should look for when shopping for the item (he does push some brand names, but also at times he'll tell you when you're better off buying the cheapest stuff available). "I'm Just Here for the Food: Food + Heat = Cooking" where he addresses various cooking methods. And "I'm Just Here for More Food: Food X Mixing + Heat = Baking" where he breaks all baking recipes into different types of mixing methods. I've just started reading "I'm Just Here for More Food" and just so you know it's a different type of cookbook I was past page 87 before I started getting to any recipes. The first part of the book is devoted to basic types of ingredients and what effect they have on the final product, basic tool recommendations, why these things are important, and much much more information. By the time I got to a recipe I understood why each of the ingredients was in there and why he specified one type of flour over another. I have a much better appreciation for the whole process of cooking instead of just following a recipe as a means to an end.
Anyway, this show totally appealed to the geek in me so I thought I'd share.