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Inside the Test Kitchen: 120 New Recipes, Perfected Hardcover – October 28, 2014
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So what changed? Well, I figured out why the cover looked like a notebook. It was supposed to! Here's an excerpt from the back of the book:
"For years, while shuttling between his restaurants and TV shoots, Tyler's kept a notebook of ideas to push his own recipes out of their comfort zone. Now, for the first time in his career, he’s established a culinary lab where he can dive deep into the hows, whys, and why-nots of his cooking. He brings you Inside the Test Kitchen to see his experiments, the wins and the fails, and of course, the delicious, foolproof, and surprising recipes that come out of it."
Brilliant!!! Most famous chefs publish their best recipes, but how many of them give you a sneak peek into how they came up with them? And the inside of the book looks like a notebook as well - which is super creative. I love the little hints and tricks that Mr. Florence passes along to us. For example, in his recipe, "Stretchy Mac and Cheese," he explains how he and his test kitchen staff discovered that, in order to get really good, stretchy mac & cheese, you need to fold in cubed cheese instead of shredded cheese. Brilliant!
Its safe to say that I'm enjoying this cookbook.Read more ›
Inside the Test Kitchen is a unique cookbook. It is bound like a large moleskine notebook, even complete with an elastic band that wraps around it. It takes you inside Tyler’s own test kitchen, where he breaks down traditional ideas and experiments with ingredients and techniques.
The recipes feature recognizable ingredients, so this is not a cookbook that goes “over my head” at all. Typical of Tyler Florence’s style, many of the meal ideas have a southern influence and remind me of things my grandmama cooked for our family, only bumped up a notch:
Parker House Rolls with Parsley-Garlic Butter
Bourbon Peach Cobbler
Wayfare Tavern’s Fried Chicken
Updated Cranberry Sauce with Celery-Walnut Salad
Pork Chops with Creamed Kale and Fennel-Apricot Salad.
“Shrimp and Grits” Risotto
Caramelized Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta
Classic Black-Eyed Peas with Ham Hock
And, there are favorites like:
Pork Carnitas Tacos with Tomatillo Salsa Verde
Roasted and Grilled Mexican Corn
Spaghetti and Meatballs
California Avocado Eggs Benedict
There are 120 recipes in all, so our meal planning with this book has expanded tremendously.
Tyler’s handwritten notes are scattered throughout the pages of the book, giving readers extra cooking tips and insight. I LOVE that there are color photographs on every single page and for every single recipe.Read more ›
But, there are also recipes presented here that i have to question the merits of. Does anyone really see much advantage to being able to make near instant hamburger buns if you need an iSi siphon and 4 cups of potato starch? And you really have to love your french fries to be willing to boil them, freeze them for at least 2 hours AND only then do the traditional two stage fry. And do you really want to eat pancakes, waffles, cakes, cookies, and muffins all made from the same basic mix? I dunno. Maybe im just old school
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderful cookbook! I saw this cookbook at Williams-Sonoma, and got it here for half the price. Very clear instructions, helpful tips, and new takes on classics. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
I wanted to love this cookbook but I'm not there. I'm thinking this must be due to cookbook authors competitive never ending quest for newer, better, different recipes, maybe some... Read morePublished 4 months ago by LovemyJRTs
Amazing recipes from a great chef. Highly recommended. Some of the recipes are advanced but you shouldn't knock the book as some have. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Andrew M
Bought this for my mom after she went and saw him live. She loved the show and the book - I'm still waiting to reap the benefits from this purchase.Published 12 months ago by chrystmas
Sorry for low rating, because TF seems like a nice guy. In the past, I've tried many of his recipes, but they never tasted that good. Read morePublished 12 months ago by S. york
Tyler florence is one of my favorite chefs, but this newest cookbook was disappointing. I have not felt inspired to make a single recipe, which is really saying something since I'm... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Kristen E. Hurley