TV personality and food expert Alton Brown, halfway through his first national tour, Alton Brown Live!, shares his six essential tips for cooking the perfect turkey. Find out the best kind of bird to buy, how long to let the cooked turkey rest and the surprising reason why he doesn't baste.

Check out the slideshow above to discover Alton Brown's six expert tips for perfect Thanksgiving turkey.

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