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I received my book today and had to take a minute to write about it. If you're a fan of the show, I know you would like this book. It has beautiful color photos on every recipe including a photo on what can go wrong and suggestions on how to prevent these mistakes. There are helpful hints for preparation and products they recommend using. Plus there is a huge section in the back on shopping for equipment which shows what each utensil is used for ... from tools to cooking equipment and a small photo of each. There are also several food items listed and what each would be used for ... everything from soup to nuts. They even included an episode directory which lists what was cooked on that episode. I believe this book is a complete cookbook of all the recipes on the shows from season one through five. This would be a really great gift for the beginning cook or for anyone who likes to cook and bake. (Just a note: I didn't buy mine from Amazon, like I usually do, and they're selling it for a much better price. That'll teach me, huh?)
This is one of the best cookbooks around. I am an avid cook and this book is one of those rare books where you want to cook EVERY recipe! They are easy, yummy, and have ingredients any cook can find in their local super market. Thanks Cook's Country for sharing your hours of prep work, ideas, and product reviews with us lay people.
I have read reviews for this book (which I have and love) and the ATK Complete Cookbook. Many readers have complained that they can't find specific recipes. I wonder if they realize that these are two different cookbooks that accompany two different TV shows. For example, two people were looking for Pepperoni Pan Pizza and Triple Chocolate Cookies in the ATK cook book. But, since they were featured on Cooks Country, they won't be found in the ATK cookbook. Rather, the recipes are found on Cooks Country TV.com. But I think you have to pay to be a member and have access to all the recipes. Which brings me to another area: these two cookbooks come from the same pace, but unless you pay for each one separately, you can't have access to them both. Case in point: I have paid for a one year subscription to Cooks Country. I can look up recipes on that web site. But if it should happen that other recipes are available on ATK 's web site, I can only get them if I pay for a SECOND subscription. NOT FAIR!!!
If you were cooking a meal for Jesus, this is the cookbook to use. IT IS AWESOME!!!! Easy to follow, wholesome well selected receipes, great info on best cooking methods, and pantry friendly. THE YUMMINESS made me purchase 10 copies as gifts. It is a must have for every kitchen in America. Betty Crocker is sitting in her kitchen fuming.
This is a great add to any kitchen and is written in true Test Kitchen style. There are lots of color photos and illustrations to accompany each recipe. I watch the show on pbs and could not wait to get this cookbook as I am a fan of the sister show America's Test Kitchen. The index has proved to be useful and complete. Can't wait to cook some of these tasty dishes!
My Mom has Alzheimers and Dad doesn't like to cook. So while I did my annual two week summer back home to help them, I took this cookbook. I cleaned house top to bottom, cleaned out the refrigerator and pantry and went to work cooking. I made beef favorites for Dad-Salisbury steak, swiss steak, spaghetti and meatballs, etc and for Mom, crab cakes, chicken cordon bleu, barley soup, fried pork chops etc Now Dad loves his "sweeties" too so I made the strawberry pie, strawberry poke cake, apple slab pie, etc. The church picnic was the day after I left and Dad needed something to bring, so I made the Texas Chocolate sheet cake and apple cabbage slaw for them to take. They didn't want me to leave and after all the "this taste the way my Aunt Rose made pie" or "why can't restaurants cook like this?" comments of appreciation, I wanted to stay there forever! But reality struck and I needed to get back to work (another state away), I just need a few more years to have enough to survive (I hope!) when Mom and Dad are gone. C'mom publisher's clearinghouse make me a winner!
I actually give it 4 1/2 stars. I wish it was available in hardback. Most recipes I've tried from this show have been very good, but not all. It's definitely worth getting. I do prefer the Coook's companion book America's Test Kitchen overall and give it 4 3/4 stars.
Recently, I missed part of the America's Test Kitchen on TV and so I went onto Amazon and found a bunch of cookbooks from the Shows. I selected a used copy of this cookbook and was pleased to note that the previous owner (unlike me) kept his/her hands off the pages - no oil spots, no flour dustings, no dog-eared pages.
The recipes are easy to read and there's a plethora of helpful hints germane to each recipe. They're all simplifications of complicated recipes as will which is so helpful when we're a "part-time" cook.
There are several variations of this theme and what a great library you could have - I didn't know that the crew in the old farm house was so prolific. I highly recommend their writings. Gordon R. Derman - Homestead, Florida