- Series: America's Test Kitchen
- Hardcover: 339 pages
- Publisher: America's Test Kitchen (November 1, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1933615044
- ISBN-13: 978-1933615042
- Product Dimensions: 10 x 8.7 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #282,012 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Test Kitchen Favorites: The 2007 Companion Cookbook to the Hit TV Show (America's Test Kitchen) Hardcover – November 1, 2006
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I have tried about 14 recipes from this book and every one has been terrific. The carbonnade has a more complex flavor than carbonnade I ate in Belgium! We've also enjoyed the chicken parmesan, fish and chips, , chicken kiev, the pepper-crusted filet mignon (with a fantastic cherry-Port reduction), , stir fried chicken, hot and sour soup, potstickers and buttermilk coleslaw. And the strawberry cream cake is gorgeous and delicious. I am so confident in ATK's recipes that I've made a recipe for the first time when company was coming over, and it was wonderful.
Articles are supplemented with terrific sidebars that typically rate ingredient brands, compare kitchen tools or show a technique.
My only complaint about the whole series of ATK books is that they are organized idiosyncratically (sorry, but that is anathema to a librarian!) and have extremely poor indexes. For example, I knew the recipe for carbonnade was in the 2007 book. I looked in the index -- nothing under "carbonnade", nothing under "beef"! So I went to the table of contents. Nothing about carbonnade, but a chapter called "Best Beef Stew" -- could that be it? Luckily, yes, but that is no way to run a cookbook!
You cannot go wrong with these great books -- consistently reliable and delicious recipes.
Okay, here goes: let's see. Highlights, all-beef meatloaf (the bane of my childhood, apparently made actually edible), Cantonese-style chow mein (aka Stir-fried chicken and bok choy with crispy noodle cake), Chicken Parmesan, Carbonnade a la Flamande, and even what they claim is a foolproof recipe for the notoriously balky Chicken Kiev, and that, of course, is just the beginning. Two new chefs, behind-the-scenes veterans Erika Bruce and Rebecca Hays, bring their voices to the screen on the television and their recipes to the book. If it has any significant flaws, it's that it doesn't seem to have an overarching theme like some of the earlier seasons -- it's just a random shuffle of cool and interesting dishes.
If you're a fan of America's Test Kitchen or a convert to the First Church of Kimball, Brown, and Corriher, you already know you need this book, and this review is pretty much redundant. If you're not an ATK fan but you like finding out how to make interesting and unusual dishes just right, I'm telling you you need this book. These guys do great work.
They put cooking into simple terms - and test each recipe until it is perfect. Their recipes make me look like a professional chef! They have taught me everything I know about spices and herbs as well; they don't use strange ingredients that are hard to find in small-town grocery stores.
I've tried several recipes from this book, and I love them all. For instance, the Sunday roast chicken and stuffing was to die for! The cream biscuits were as easy as making biscuits from a "box" - but MUCH better. They have a light and fluffy texture. I am looking forward to trying their "lighter chicken parmesian", "lighter macaroni and cheese", and their potsticker (wonton) recipes.
I got this book along with the DVD set for the 2007 TV series, and I watch the episode before I try the recipe from the book. That way, I know what to expect before I make it. That has proven to be an effective teaching tool for me.
I highly recommend this along with the boxed DVD set!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
They deserve five stars because they go into such detail in what works and what doesn't work. I don't miss the pictures at all because the books are such an interesting read.Published 20 months ago by Katie
I already own this cook book, so I know it is good. Purchased this one for gift for newly weds.
Lots of info besides recipes.
What can you say about an app such as this, either it works well or its a waste of time and money, this app works well for me.Published on January 7, 2014 by Amazon Customer
not many recipes the content was good but it just was not enouff it should have at least 25 times that many recipes.Published on October 14, 2013 by carl e. morton
I've got several American Test Kitchen Books, they were giving to me as Gifts at one time or another, they are Interesting. Read morePublished on May 14, 2013 by Wolfee1
America's Test Kitchen is my favorite cooking show - you can rely on their recipes as well as Cooks Country.Published on March 16, 2013 by Faye Reeves
For amateur cooks like me this is a wonderful and informative book that has resulted in many great meals with a minimum of work.Published on November 29, 2008 by Scientist