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The America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook: Featuring More Than 1,200 Everyday Recipes from America's Most Trusted Test Kitchen

The America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook: Featuring More Than 1,200 Everyday Recipes from America's Most Trusted Test Kitchen Cover

ISBN13: 9780936184876
ISBN10: 0936184876
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Staff Pick

I consult this cookbook almost every day for guidelines to help me to get the best results. All of the recipes have been tested, and it also makes recommendations for the best cookware, canned goods, pastas, utensils, herbs and spices, and all the other accoutrements of cooking.
Recommended by Genevieve, Powells.com

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Publisher Comments:

Many years in the making, this comprehensive cookbook delivers more than 1,200 foolproof recipes for classic American family fare in a clear, accessible style. Beautiful step-by-step photos illuminate every conceivable technique from chopping shallots and rolling out pie dough to cutting up a chicken and tying a roast. In fact, just about anything you want (or need) to do in the kitchen will be explained in these pages in the test kitchen's approachable, no-nonsense voice. In addition, the recipes will keep you busy (and your friends and family happy) for years to come since we've included hundreds of easy weeknight dishes (like Skillet Lasagna and One-Pot Chicken and Rice), company and holiday-worthy dinners (like Beef Burgundy, Roast Leg of Lamb, and Flourless Chocolate Cake), dozens of menus, shopping tips, equipment ratings and more.

A cooking tutorial between two covers, The America's Test Kitchen Cookbook is the one and only basic cookbook you will ever need, covering every course, from appetizers to desserts, plus chapters on breakfast, sandwiches, sauces and condiments, and beverages. Friendly and to-the-point test kitchen tip boxes accompany the recipes and point out either where you might go wrong, or a special technique or ingredient that makes the recipe successful. Helpful charts (like primers on steaming vegetables and cooking grains) and Cooking 101 pages (covering topics like brining meats, buying cheeses, and how to prepare crudités) make this a reference unlike any other. Bound to get America back into the kitchen again, this is a family cookbook for generations to come.

Review:

"The 800-plus pages in this thorough volume are crammed with accessible, family-friendly recipes, variations, tips, product and brand information, and technique instructions from the crew at America's Test Kitchen. At the same time, it feels almost as intimate and friendly as a specialty cookbook from a single chef. Recipes range from utterly simple (Easy Homemade Pita Chips, Perfect Popcorn, and the Simplest Green Salad) to somewhat more involved — but never intimidating — contemporary interpretations of such dishes as Pasta Primavera, Chicken Piccata, Rosemary Foccacia, and Triple Chocolate Chunk Pecan Pie. All the basic food categories are included, starting with appetizers, salads, sandwiches, soups and stews and moving through fish and shellfish, poultry, meat (plus a separate chapter on grilling), slow cooker and pressure cooker meals and all kinds of baked goods and desserts. The preface promises that 'the recipes in this book will work in your home kitchen almost all the time,' and the extensive, repeated testing reportedly conducted in America's Test Kitchen backs up that promise, meaning this volume could easily become a foolproof go-to resource for everyday cooking." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"[T]he photographs set this book apart, adding immeasurably to its value as a reference." Library Journal

About the Author

America's Test Kitchen is a real place: a no-nonsense, fully equipped test kitchen located just outside Boston, MA, where a team of highly qualified test cooks and editors perform thousands of tests every year. The goal? To develop the best recipes and cooking techniques, recommend the best cookware and equipment, and rate brand-name pantry staples for home cooks. America's Test Kitchen is devoted to a collegial approach to cooking — teams of editors, writers, and cooks engage in side-by-side comparisons, blind taste tests, and rigorous equipment performance tests to determine which pans work and which ones don't, which brand of ketchup tastes best, and so on.

America's Test Kitchen accepts no advertising. We are a private company with no affiliations with large publishers, cookware manufacturers, or food purveyors, which means that our content is unbiased and objective.

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greenpower, April 23, 2009 (view all comments by greenpower)
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Kimberly Gore, May 18, 2006 (view all comments by Kimberly Gore)
LOVE this TV show and now LOVE this cookbook! I cook a lot, but there are certain things that life just hadn't gotten around to teaching me, like how to poach an egg or how to make the best whipped cream. (Use a cold bowl and cold cream and don't overbeat.) :-) I use these recipes for regular week-night stuff, but have also used several for entertaining. Everything turns out marvelously, is easy to do, tastes great, and makes me look like a pro! I like the ring binding because it allows me to take a page out if I want, but usually I just lay the book out open to whatever page I'm cooking from. The pages are a teeny bit flimsy, so don't turn while your fingers are wet. :-) A very interesting thing about this book are the product reviews and advice located throughout. Like what brand of canned tomatoes or mayonnaise tested best in their kitchens. I also like the idea that they perfect their recipes for home use by testing them with certain modifications and substitutions that cooks might make at home, to make sure that the recipe will stand up the abuse that home cooks will sometimes dish out. They're also very good about warnings when a substitution will not work at all. I love this book. It replaced another ring-bound classic as my go-to for everyday recipes.
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macnificent, May 6, 2006 (view all comments by macnificent)
Oh please...finally a comprehensive general cookbook with great tips, and tutorials...contemporary recipes..but alas! The stupid binding is like a fallen souffle. The binder is unwieldy..the pages are so thin I swear one torn while I was looking directly at it. There is nothing to do but pull the page out and hang it up on the fridge to use while cooking or do what I do..try it..like it..and put it in my counter top laptop recipe database..Yeah..have an old old laptop for just kitchen use..it rocks. Don't know what to tell ya..MIGHT buy it again for the great content but the use in the kitchen is just outta the question. WAAAA!!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780936184876
Manufactured:
America's Test Kitchen
Publisher:
America's Test Kitchen
Manufactured:
America's Test Kitchen
Author:
Editors at America's Test Kitchen
Subject:
Cookery, american
Subject:
Methods - General
Subject:
Methods - Quick & Easy
Subject:
Entertaining - General
Subject:
Holiday - General
Publication Date:
September 2005
Binding:
Ringbound
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
864
Dimensions:
10.62x9.22x3.12 in. 4.73 lbs.

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Product details 864 pages America's Test Kitchen - English 9780936184876 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

I consult this cookbook almost every day for guidelines to help me to get the best results. All of the recipes have been tested, and it also makes recommendations for the best cookware, canned goods, pastas, utensils, herbs and spices, and all the other accoutrements of cooking.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The 800-plus pages in this thorough volume are crammed with accessible, family-friendly recipes, variations, tips, product and brand information, and technique instructions from the crew at America's Test Kitchen. At the same time, it feels almost as intimate and friendly as a specialty cookbook from a single chef. Recipes range from utterly simple (Easy Homemade Pita Chips, Perfect Popcorn, and the Simplest Green Salad) to somewhat more involved — but never intimidating — contemporary interpretations of such dishes as Pasta Primavera, Chicken Piccata, Rosemary Foccacia, and Triple Chocolate Chunk Pecan Pie. All the basic food categories are included, starting with appetizers, salads, sandwiches, soups and stews and moving through fish and shellfish, poultry, meat (plus a separate chapter on grilling), slow cooker and pressure cooker meals and all kinds of baked goods and desserts. The preface promises that 'the recipes in this book will work in your home kitchen almost all the time,' and the extensive, repeated testing reportedly conducted in America's Test Kitchen backs up that promise, meaning this volume could easily become a foolproof go-to resource for everyday cooking." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "[T]he photographs set this book apart, adding immeasurably to its value as a reference."
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