Alton Brown’s latest installment of his culinary journeying program is Feasting on Waves. In this four part series, Alton ditches the motorcycles for a sailboat as he explores the islands of the Caribbean. Still searching for authentic food and foodways, Alton discovers a melting pot of cuisines and cultures in the tropical setting.
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In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue. And in a few short weeks later, he landed in the Caribbean and changed the course of human history. Pretty soon all of the Old World big boys, the Spanish, the English, the French, the Dutch and Portuguese were vying for positions of profit and power in the lush New World. Once the local inhabitants were… neutralized, hundreds of thousands of African slaves were shipped in to work massive new sugar plantations. As gold, sliver, indigo, tobacco, spices, fruits and vegetables flowed back to Europe, workers from as far as China, India, Scotland and Scandinavia flowed back in and each one of those cultures brought its native foodways along with it. As a result, the Caribbean became, well, not just a melting pot but a cultural fission reactor which gave birth to the first true world cuisine. For centuries it flourish, until the 20th century and the influence of a new colonial power—the American tourist—rose up to threaten it. My mission, to push past the cruise ship buffets and chain food eateries to seek out true island cuisine wherever it may be. It’s a tough job but it’s one that needs doing. I’m Alton Brown and this is Feasting on Waves. Hoist the colors.
Feasting on Waves crew:
* Alton Brown: host, mastermind
* Mike Clark, sound
* Lamar Owen, cameraman
* Ramon Engle, cameraman
* Marion Laney, cameraman and heads up underwater operations
* Dana Popoff, logistics
Chef de Mer:
* Brad Taylor, Captain
* Tara Newsome, First Mate
* Randy West, Captain
* Curly, First Mate