Q:TV chef celebrities have become a dime a dozen. Do you think they’ve been beneficial to the American culinary landscape, or harmful?
A: Both. A lot of food media idolizes food. We’ve done food some disservice by objectifying it, which may very well have played a role in some of the obesity issues in this country. That idolatry takes food out of context, out of its proper place, and makes it about that item rather than cooking for your family, breaking bread with each other, the spiritual aspects of cooking.
–Alton Brown (who is a Christian, to my knowledge), in this interview with Serious Eats. I detect some echoes of Robert Farrar Capon in there.