I am Andrew Rea (aka Babish), creator of Binging/Basics/Being with Babish. My second cookbook hits shelves today, and I pretty much owe my entire career to the Reddit community, sooooo amA (ask me ANYTHING)!
Hello fellow Redditors - I'm the torso with an occasionally-visible head named Andrew Rea, but you might know me by my arbitrarily-chosen pseudonym, Oliver Babish. He was a character on The West Wing. Played by Oliver Platt? He was in like 8 episodes? It doesn't matter.
My second cookbook, The Binging with Babish companion cookbook, hits shelves and slides into your DM's (domestic mail's) today - it's got the first hundred recipes from the show, good and bad, terrible and wonderful, for your consideration and recreation. I started out posting pretty pictures of my various dinners to /r/food, and eventually had the idea to make what I called a "moving-picture" (I've since learned that this is called a video) of my food, and share it on this community. This was the first episode of Binging with Babish, the show where I recreate foods from movies and television. Three and a half years later, and I'm making all different kinds of shows, getting to be a guest on Hot Ones (shout out /u/seanseaevans), buying my brother his dream car, opening a brewpub in Brooklyn, and dropping my second cookbook. I've said this many times before, but I owe my career and wonderful new life to the Reddit community, who helped spread the word about my show in /r/videos, /r/cooking, and /r/food. My channel is one of the countless examples of how content creation and creativity are being slowly democratized, and how almost anyone, anywhere, with little more than a camera and an internet connection, can potentially have their voice heard by millions. It's not something I ever imagined for myself, and as I say in my book: I will spend the rest of my life working to earn everything you've given me.
Anywho before I get all weepy, let's get to it! AMA!!
EDIT: I should probably mention that I'm going on my nationwide book tour starting today! Git your tix here!
EDIT 2: Guys I'm so sorry I gotta run! I will keep answering questions piecemeal in my downtime tonight, but tonight is the book event in Philly - there's still tickets left, I'd love to see you there! Thank you all so much for the amazing questions, the kind words, and for supporting the channel!!