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Product Details

  • 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 (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #652,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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For instance, the Sunday roast chicken and stuffing was to die for!
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America's Test Kitchen is my favorite cooking show - you can rely on their recipes as well as Cooks Country.
Faye Reeves
I have tried about 14 recipes from this book and every one has been terrific.
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By audrey TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 22, 2007
Format: Hardcover
America's Test Kitchen is similar to Consumer Reports, but for food. They will try a recipe 100 times, with every variation possible, experimenting with ingredients and techniques, until they can give you an informative article and a winning recipe.

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.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kathy G. Connors on February 19, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The cookbook is true to the television show and probably a good buy for those who are new to cooking and stocking a kitchen. I was looking for the recipes developed by the test kitchen and instead discovered that 2/3 of this book is about how to buy food stuffs and kitchen gadgets. While I am sure helpful to some, I found the book not to be what I expected and will be passing it on to a 16 year old acquaintance who is just learning to cook.Test Kitchen Favorites: The 2007 Companion Cookbook to the Hit TV Show (America's Test Kitchen)
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Brian Connors VINE VOICE on April 20, 2007
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It's almost superfluous to keep reviewing these books -- they're like collections from the Onion. They come out every year and either you like them or you don't. Fortunately, ATK is far less controversial than the Onion -- it goes without saying that it's one of the best cooking shows on the air, with a solid cast and a dedicated support staff behind it. But I guess I have to say something, right?

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.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By CharleneG on May 29, 2007
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I've been a faithful fan of America's Test Kitchen for years and have tried many of their recipes. This particular edition is excellent and I've tried several recipes in it and they've all been great. Instructions are clear, results are fantastic. The recipe for the Key Lime Bars is worth the cost of the book.
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Published to coincide with the January 2007 launch of the series is TEST KITCHEN FAVORITES by the editors of America's Test Kitchen, which provides some of the best tested recipes from a popular TV show. More than just another recipe collection, TEST KITCHEN FAVORITES opens each recipe with an article discussing the best attributes of each dish and how the kitchen testers overcame obstacles to produce the perfect recipe. From BBQ and meat and potatoes to company dishes and ethnic meals, TEST KITCHEN FAVORITES is far more than another cookbook, detailing the testing requirements and recipe adjustments which led to formulating the perfect dish.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kim on March 20, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I absolutely LOVE this series! I am brand new at learning how to cook and I have somewhat been scared at trying to learn recipes. This series has taught me everything I know, and fixed any fears I have of trying new foods to cook. Every recipe in this book comes out perfect the first time I try it.
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!
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