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The Complete America's Test Kitchen TV Show Cookbook 2001-2015 Hardcover – October 15, 2014
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This book has been tested, written, and edited by the test cooks, editors, food scientists, tasters, and cookware specialists at America’s Test Kitchen, a 2,500-square-foot kitchen located just outside Boston. It is the home of Cook’s Illustrated magazine and Cook’s Country magazine, the public television cooking shows America’s Test Kitchen and Cook’s Country from America’s Test Kitchen, America’s Test Kitchen Radio, and the online America’s Test Kitchen Cooking School.
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ATK has always been big on explaining the "why" behind their methods and how they got to their final recipes. This process gives the reader an insight into the art and science of cooking, which in itself is invaluable to those of us cooks who are trying to improve their skills. These insights, followed by their tried-and-true recipes, makes this encyclopedic tome a great resource.
It is a beast of a book, but a great compendium of all things ATK if you are looking for such a comprehensive volume.
You might wonder what is the value of buying a cookbook in today's age when a Google search can yield any recipe you want. It is because the recipes in this book work. They are the absolute best tasting version of each dish you can make. Yes, they are a little more involved than popping something in the microwave, but you will be rewarded with dishes that have sophisticated flavors. Whenever I need to cook for a group, I always look for a test kitchen recipe first. People are always amazed at what I am able to prepare, but really, it is the test kitchen recipes that are the secret weapon in being able to prepare great dishes.
The book is comprehensive too. Asian dishes. Yes. Italian. Those too. French - of course. Deserts - You bet. You don't need a cookbook for each cuisine, just this one, which has the 25 or so best for each and you will be set. Finally, the back section contains a summary of all of the best tested products over the years. As I replace items in my kitchen, I'll look here first to find the best of each and then buy that.
Is the book large and heavy? Yes. But it is well worth it for the hundreds of great recipes contained inside.
I used several recipes at Thanksgiving. Delicious, hearty dishes without going overboard.
FYI, Buy it on Amazon instead of through ATC. It could be different for you, but when I tried to order through their website, the fine print showed that I was getting involved with one of those (UNLESS YOU DECIDE TO CANCEL...) ordeals. No thanks. Amazon price was about twice as much, but you get what you pay for. I got a great cookbook without that headache.