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The Cook's Bible: The Best of American Home Cookingby Christopher Kimball
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Featuring over 400 essential recipes, reviews of kitchen equipment, and 200 step-by-step illustrations.
Whether you're a kitchen novice or a veteran home chef, Christopher Kimball has written the one cookbook you absolutely must own — an indispensable guide to the best in American home cooking.
As the founder, publisher, and editor of Cook's Illustrated magazine, Kimball has perfected a new way of writing about food: take a classic dish, meticulously test all possible variations, and then present the recipes proven best. Now, with The Cook's Bible, Kimball at last gives you a cookbook based on the same rigorous methods. From the ideal way to cook a turkey to me perfect chocolate cake, you get foolproof master recipes for hundreds of favorite dishes — and one of the best basic cookbooks ever published.
The Cook's Bible takes the mystery out of preparing a great meal. What's the ideal ratio of oil to vinegar in a vinaigrette? Kimball gives you the answer: 4-1/2 to 1. What's the secret to perfect roast chicken? A 375° oven and a 170° internal temperature for the thigh. How about the toughest kitchen challenge of all, piecrust? Kimball makes it easy with the right ingredients (including Crisco and butter) and illustrated step-by-step instructions. For these and the rest of America's best-loved dishes — vegetable soup, poached salmon, roast beef, barbecued ribs, pizza, waffles, chocolate chip cookies, and many others — Kimball has tested and retested to deliver the definitive recipes.
From recipes to techniques to equipment, here is a one-volume master class in American home cookery, a cooking school in print for beginners and experienced cooks alike.
"You can learn a lot from this book. You may already have other 'basics' books that will give you a recipe when you're craving good ol' fashioned American home cooking, but you learn the whys and wherefores here. And that makes you a better cook — just what a cookbook should do." Amy Manczak, Good Cooking
"What Gideon is to the hotel room, Kimball will soon be to the kitchen: inspirational, informative and probably ubiquitous....[An] impressive compilation." Publishers Weekly
"Kimball's Cook's Bible strives less for comprehensiveness than for practicality and accessibility to the competent American home cook." Mark Knoblauch, Booklist
"Kimball is a man of strong opinions, and his very personal book will not be for everyone. Recommended." Library Journal
"The professionalism, thoroughness, and seriousness of Cook's Illustrated magazine is reflected in this fine book. Its reliable and excellent recipes will be a source of great pleasure for families everywhere." Jacques Pépin
"Here is a one-of-a-kind, amazing cookbook. After hours and hours testing kitchen equipment, products, and recipes, the author gives you the results inside these pages. This is perfect for every need a cook has, plus it is fascinating bedtime reading. If your house catches fire grab your Cook's Bible and run." Marion Cunningham, author of The Fannie Farmer Cookbook
"In one terrific volume Chris Kimball celebrates the techniques and dishes that comprise the best of American cooking. This book is a must for both novice and experienced cooks." Perla Meyers, author of The Seasonal Kitchen
"In The Cook's Bible, Christopher Kimball has wonderful recipes, charming anecdotes, and serious road tests of equipment and techniques. He explains what to cook, the best way to cook it, and why his methods give you great results. His new book truly is a bible of good American food and practical information — the best and most useful cookbook I've seen in a long time." Jane Freiman, author of Dinner Party
"Serious cooks who want to know the basics of cuisine will find this book full of ideas not only for cooking but also for advice on equipment. An excellent reference book." Pierre Franey, author of Sixty-Minute Gourmet and Pierre Franey's Cooking in America
About the Author
Christopher Kimball is the founder, publisher, and editor of Cook's Illustrated magazine, author of The Cook's Bible, and author of "The Kitchen Detective," a weekly syndicated newspaper column. He lives in Boston and Vermont with his wife and four children.
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