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Do-It-Yourself Cookbook Paperback – October 12, 2012
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With that said, it's a good book. If you are the type of person that prefers to have all of your recipes in a book instead of a digital copy, I recommend getting it. If you're a kitchen geek like I am and would love to learn how to make your own root beer and cured meats, the America's Test Kitchen DIY Cookbook provides a nice foundation. It is very basic and touches on a few different topics like pickled vegetables, jams and jellies, homemade nutella, and charcuterie. It had only a handful of recipes for each topic and doesn't go into any great depth about each item.
I think that it might be a good book to give you an idea what each preparation is like and help you decide if you would like to learn more about each topic.
I just made pickled beets with this book and I had never pickled or canned a thing in my life. I was a bit intimidated but when I read through the instructions they laid things out so simply. It was easy to follow and I ended up having a great, easy time. The recipe started out with a story about how the recipe came to be and why each step is there. This is really great if you want to make any deviations from the recipe. This doesn't just give you straight instructions on how to replicate what they made, but really explains to you why each step is there and what it does for the whole process. FYI the beets turned out tasty!
My husband made fun of me for purchasing yet another ATK cookbook, but we when we got it I couldn't pry it out of his hands long enough to look at it myself. Obviously, we like to cook and we are especially interested in DIY. I like to can in the summer, so I was particularly excited about canning recipes from ATK. There is nothing more disappointing than making a giant batch of jelly, going to the trouble of canning it, only to have it turn out...meh. Or worse, turn out awful. But I knew with canning recipes from ATK, they would turn out good. There weren't as many canning recipes as I would have liked, however; so, if you are getting this book specifically for canning recipes then you will probably be disappointed.
My biggest beef with ATK cookbooks is usually the sheer amount of repeats. If you subscribe to their magazine and have their cookbooks, you will know what I mean. Also, some of these recipes are online for free on their blog, as another reviewer mentioned. However, for me this did not detract from the usefulness of this book. I still think there are a lot of recipes in here that are not on their blog and also I generally prefer using a cookbook than using the internet or printing out a recipe. So, I have been quite pleased with this.Read more ›
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Bought this for my daughter for a Christmas gift. It has lots of helpful recipes. She's especially excited about the different kids of cheeses! Read morePublished 20 days ago by RNC
I question if the canning recipes were lab tested in a canning laboratory to ensure proper temperature, acidity, and heat penetration based on density of product to ensure safe and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Hal
Fun stuff that I would never think of making. This is a great book. I huge variety of recipes and how to's on things like cheese and root beer. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Debbie M
First thing we tried making was the gravlax - it was excellent and are planning to make it again!!Published 2 months ago by Lisa H.
Making bacon felt like a complete triumph. The granola is out of this world good and has become a mainstay of my extended family. Read morePublished 2 months ago by MLS
Easy to follow recipes of popular products that are not often home made.Published 3 months ago by Gina L Hitchcock