Food Network's Alton Brown Talks to Giz: Caribbean Adventuring With a
Garmin, an iPhone and a Shload of Cameras [Interview]
from Gizmodo by Wilson Rothman
Tomorrow night at 10PM, Food Network kicks off Alton Brown's latest TV
show, Feasting on Waves, where the Mensa-smart kitchen geek and his
crew hop into two 50-foot catamarans and sail around 15 different
Caribbean islands in search of quality cuisine, shooting and editing
the hi-def episodes right there on the boats. It turns out, despite
his disdain for specialized kitchen gadgets, Brown is a certifiable
gizmophile. He has owned maybe 20 Macs, most recently a MacBook Air
and an iMac that has "never crashed." He also has a Panasonic
ToughBook running XP, and an Eee PC which he totally loves. He carries
an iPhone and at least one Garmin GPS units wherever he goes.
I got him on the phone to ask what, exactly, he used to document his
Feasting on Waves experiences, and how he managed to keep it all
juiced up, net-connected and dry while meandering through the islands.
Here's our fun exclusive interview, with photos of Brown (and his
gear) in action:
Snip lots of pictures and text at... http://gizmodo.com/5046242/food-netw...oad-of-cameras
Oh and about the iPhone? Look at this section from that list of
How did you connect to the internet?
Itís kinda funny, the entire time that I was in the islands, I had
perfect e-mail with my iPhone. The entire time. I think there was
once, during a midnight crossing, the Anegada Passage, where I lost
internet for about half an hour. The rest of the time, I was getting e-
mail through either EDGE or something else [probably GPRS].
I did not even take a computer with me on that trip. I decided I just
didnít want to see a computer for a while. And at the time, I figured
you know, computers, boats, water, scuba diving. I thought about
taking the ToughBook along, and then I thought about taking the Asus
because thatís a great little box. Then I thought, the hell with it. I
took a few pads of paper, some pens and my iPhone.