A newly slim, sockless (he forgot to pack them) birthday boy Alton Brown (he turned 47) took time out from promoting the new Food Network series "The Next Iron Chef" on Thursday (July 30) night to give us his list of five items he can't live without in his kitchen.

Considering Brown's widely known disdain for items that can only do one thing, we were a bit surprised to find that a panini press is on the list. Of course, we also didn't realize you can grill vegetables and make a "wicked" doughnut dessert on one either.

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Posted by:Brill Bundy

Brill Bundy has spent her entire career covering TV and pop culture. This is what happens when your parents try and limit your viewing habits to three shows a week. Likes: seasons with no more than 13 episodes, anti-heroes and binge-watching. Dislikes: when cartoon characters make out, when TV shows name check their titles, drawn out premieres and finales. TV words to live by: "If every porkchop was perfect, we wouldn't have hot dogs."