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5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate and NO Internet Connection Needed!, October 7, 2011
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This review is from: The Cook's Illustrated Cookbook: 2,000 Recipes from 20 Years of America's Most Trusted Cooking Magazine (Hardcover)
I love Cooks Illustrated and have given America's Test Kitchens (ATK) Family Cookbook The America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook [AMER TEST KITCHEN FAMILY CKBK] at every wedding shower I have attended since it was printed, probably 20 copies. Now, for all those couples (and sometimes singles) who told me they learned to cook with the Family Cookbook, I have a Christmas gift! Every one of my favorite Cook's Illustrated magazine recipes is here, in one place, without needing an internet connection. From Roasted Broccoli to Chewy Brownies to Vodka Penne to French Onion Soup to Brown Sugar Cookies to Chicken Marsala to Pan Seared Scallops and on and on ..... every one of them "to die for...."), I don't think I have ever produced a real failure caused by one of these recipes. I have to say that thanks to Cook's Illustrated and ATK I have the reputation for being the best cook in the family, hands down. I am the go-to-one for all the family events with "important" cooking (Christmas "Perfect Prime Rib", Thanksgiving "Creamy Corn Pudding" and mid-July's family re-union fresh sour cherry pie with Foolproof Pie crusts. All those great recipes and many, many more came from Cook's Illustrated magazines, and now from this one single (albeit BIG) reference.
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Initial post: Oct 11, 2011 7:39:23 AM PDT
M. McCarthy says:
Would you say that most of these recipes are already located in The Best Recipe Cookbook? I would like to buy this cookbook, but CI is notorious for repackaging and selling the same recipes over and over again. Thanks for any input!

Posted on Jan 13, 2012 11:53:14 PM PST
Suzanne Tran says:
M. McCarthy, yes there might be some reprinted recipes in some of their books, but you will find alot more new recipes. I know because I owned 30 of their books. Their recipes tasted so good the first time around. I always cooked from their books and my husband is enjoying the good dishes. I don't mind the reprinted recipes at all. The amount of dishes that I cooked from all their books is worth the price. Some book you will only find a few good recipes, but not ATK. My books collection is over 500 right now. I don't cook from all of it, but I enjoy reading and getting ideas. I'm more selective of what I buy this day since I'm running out of room for all the books ( and the hubby is not happy that books are over taking the spaces, LOL).

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 2, 2012 7:14:40 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 2, 2012 7:25:33 AM PDT
Opti Mystic says:
The Best Recipe Cookbook has maybe half of these recipes (1000 instead of 2000), with more explanation of how the recipe was developed and more illustrations. For instance, in Best the red chile chicken enchilada recipe has a long prologue about trying this and that to end up with the final one. That's fun. I get ideas for variatons on other recipes from their explanations. In this, basically you get ingredients and steps to make it, but you get more recipes. I have both books, and sometimes I just want the recipe. Other times, the Best Cookbook is fun, just to see what variations they tried to finally come up with the Best. I suspect the Best recipes are unabridged from the Cooks Illustrated magazine, but this cookbook is abridged and has twice the recipes. Both are good choices for different reasons.

If you want just one of their cookbooks, either this or the Family cookbook would be my suggestion.
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