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The America's Test Kitchen Quick Family Cookbook: A Faster, Smarter Way to Cook Everything from America's Most Trusted Test Kitchen Ring-bound – October 1, 2012


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Product Details

  • Ring-bound: 464 pages
  • Publisher: America's Test Kitchen; Lslf edition (October 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933615990
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933615998
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 9.4 x 2.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (270 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,929 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I look forward to trying more recipes.
Katherine J Gray
For each recipe we tried, the cooking times were dead on, the instructions were very clear and easy to follow, and the pictures were helpful.
Biblioholic Beth
The recipe section offers many helpful tips and insights on cooking techniques and ingredients.
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100 of 103 people found the following review helpful By Biblioholic Beth VINE VOICE on October 3, 2012
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UPDATE (10/11/12): I have used this cookbook almost every single night since I initially wrote this review. I continue to be impressed by how delicious the food is, and how spot-on times are (both cooking and prep). This is now, hands down, my go-to cookbook for our weeknight dinners. In fact, we will be cooking not one, but two recipes from it tonight! I cannot recommend this cookbook enough.

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I have several of the America's Test Kitchen cookbooks, and as a whole, I quite enjoy them. And as the mother of two children, with a husband who works odd hours, the idea of "Quick" certainly had appeal. So I was very pleased that this newest cookbook did not let me down. First, a quick run-through of some of the highlights of the cookbook as a whole:

On the inside of the front cover, 12 last minute side dishes. Sides are always the mind-bogglers in our house. We plan the main dishes out, usually in advance, but the side dishes tend to get ignored until the last minute. In the Getting Started section, they listed "Strategies for beating the clock", as well as knife and prep school. As always, there are equipment essentials listed, with the test kitchen favorites pictured. And as always, the are hints and tips, as well as test kitchen favorite ingredients throughout the cookbook. Each section also has a page "Putting _____ to work". In the "Appetizers & Snacks" section for example, it is cream cheese, with 5 different quick recipes to use cream cheese. Very handy for times when you have an ingredient left over and would like to find something to use it up.
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173 of 189 people found the following review helpful By Brenda Frank VINE VOICE on October 2, 2012
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Having subscribed to "Cook's Illustrated" for many years, I'm a fan of America's Test Kitchen. I've also subscribed to the website. It's filled with test results, reviews and recipes; however, it is annoying and pricey. A small portion of the website information is available to the public, more to subscribers, and everything is available to "premium" subscribers.

America's Test Kitchen is synonymous confidence in cooking. Recipes are said to have been tested and tweaked until they work perfectly and are as tasty and appealing as possible. So, this America's test kitchen cookbook is a bargain in that it contains equipment recommendations, reviews of many foods needed for the recipes, illustrations of knife skills and carefully tested recipes.

"Quick" is the keyword for this cookbook. Each recipe must be achievable in 45 minutes or less, including prep time. Yet, the cookbook includes traditionally slow cooked items, such as stews and casseroles. Shortcuts in ingredients and method make this possible.

Changes in cooking technique save time. Some items are cooked on the stove top in a skillet or in the microwave and finished in the same skillet or baking dish in the oven. "Skillet Baked Macaroni and Cheese" uses one oven-safe skillet to boil the macaroni, make the sauce, and finish it in the oven. Final baking is usually in a very hot over, 475 to 500 degrees, but only for ten minutes or so. The pressure cooker is an important time-saving tool. By necessity, most cookies are of the no-bake style.

Other ways to increase to shorten prep and cooking time are using:

* "Convenience" or "processed" foods. Some convenience foods are shortcuts to better flavor, such as using soy sauce in beef stew.
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41 of 50 people found the following review helpful By M. Garrison VINE VOICE on October 3, 2012
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Although I like having all sorts of specialty cookbooks around the house (even if they're rarely used), it has always frustrated me that I've needed to keep 3 or 4 general cookbooks on hand, because none of them had quite all that I need in my core kitchen reference. I think this book may have done it for me, though -- I'm all excited by it, and so are the men of the house.

I had seen "America's Test Kitchen" cookbooks before, but had never picked one up, since they are apparently in reference to a TV show that I've never seen. But I liked that this one was a full cookbook with only "quick" recipes of 45 minutes or less. Now, while I'll admit that my dinner standards some nights are low enough that I really don't consider 45 minutes to be quick, that is a good upper boundary for how long I'm willing to spend on dinner outside of a special occasion. As a result, the average cookbook has a lot of frustrating waste for me -- yummy recipes that I would never have the time and energy to actually make. This one, on the other hand, seemed like it could be a good fit, and they even highlight the recipes that take <25 minutes. Here are some of the things I like best about it:

1) The book doesn't assume that you have all the foundational cooking knowledge that many other cookbooks presume, and it does a great job of illustrating those skills on the spot -- right there amidst the recipes that require them, without taking up a lot of space or droning on.

2) It gives great purchasing suggestions -- what equipment and tools you really need most and what you can do without, and which specific brands they tested with their ingredients and found to be the best buy for the money.
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America's Test Kitchen is a 2,500 square foot kitchen located outside of Boston. It is the home of Cook's Illustrated and Cook's Country magazines and is the workday destination for over 3 dozen test cooks, editors and cookware specialists. Our mission is to test recipes until we understand how and why they work and arrive at the best version. We also test kitchen equipment and supermarket ingredients in search of brands that offer the best value and performance. You can watch us work by tuning in to our public television show, America's Test Kitchen.

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