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Cooking at Home with America's Test Kitchen Hardcover – November 15, 2005
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Chapters include: Eggs for Brunch, Tex-Mex Favorites, South-of-the-Border Soups, Cooking with Squash, Dinner on a Dime, One-Skillet Dinners, American Classics, High-Roast Chicken, Turkey, Pork Chops and Tenderloin, Fish Steaks, Seafood Classics, Italian Classics, Two Curries, Asian Chicken, Paella, Grilled Pizza, Grill-Roasted Pork Loin, Pulled Pork and Cornbread, Barbecued Chicken, Summer Fruit Desserts, Deep-Dish Apple Pie, Cookies, Old-Fashioned Birthday Cake and German Chocolate Cake.
I've tried several recipes so far and they have each come out really well. The America's Test Kitchen cookbooks are terrific, and always a resource I turn to when I am trying something new.
Line illustrations, informative sidebars, conversion tables and a passable index augment the text.
As it's a companion book, the sections are broken out by episode and not ingredient. There are several pages of explanation with each episode detailing the trials and tribulations undergone by the fabulous Test Kitchen staff. Some many not care that the ATK staff stumbled upon an old Julia Child method to draw moisture out of fish but I was fascinated. There are also lots of honest product reviews which is a refreshing change for those who watch the TV chefs and never get an actual glimpse of the products and brands used.
I made a perfect Fish Meuniere with Browned Butter and Lemon the first time out with a perfect crunchy brown coating. A few other successful recipes was the Seared Tuna, Inexpensive Pan-Seared Steaks, and the Asparagus, Ham, and Gruyere Frittata.
This book helps teach effective methods for better cooking. Not just how to follow directions but how to become a better chef.
The book with recipes and reviews follow the programs very closely. The only small suggestion would be for more color pictures. There are some but a few more with the recipes would be better.
Although the book is a few years old that should not dissuade anyone from getting it. Because, if anything, I would say that's a better reason to get it (because the price is less than the brand-new ones). I use this book several times a week and it's one of my favorite cookbooks that I have ever used.
The book includes more than 3 dozen glossy full page/full color pictures! And that's on top of the pictures that are included on nearly every single page (which are black and white). The book is hard cover and a total of 356 pages long. Each chapter is actually from a specific show. You can get the accompanying Season 6 DVD set (which is very entertaining) but if you're like me, all you need is a comprehensive cookbook and no one is more comprehensive than ATK!
The specific writings in the book are both easy-to-follow and fascinating (if you enjoy the cooking arts). Each recipe-hub (that's a name that I made up for their main recipes for each show) includes a descriptive synopsis on what they liked about the testings and what they changed and why.Read more ›
For my first I-was-in-charge-at-my-house-Thanksgiving, I followed their turkey instructions, ignoring (nervously) the insistence from many guests that I was doing things the wrong way and my turkey would not come out good. I stuck to my ATK guns, though, and it was PERFECT! Even my guests had to admit it was a fab meal!
Another favorite is the tacos. This one is very time consuming (mostly because you fry the shells) but worth every minute. You have not tasted tacos, my friends, until you have tried the ATK way. Holy mackerel. So unbearably good.
I made the tortilla soup for the first time the other night. Prepare yourself for a heavenly experience. If possible it was even better the second night. (I think the flavors got to know each other better overnight.)
The hits are too numerous to mention.... Oh what the heck, I'll mention them.
French potato salad is so tasty! (And this from someone who has always been turned off of potato salad.)
Thai curry - I'm running out of sufficient words, which is probably why I'm not a food critic, but oh-dear-G-d. So tasty! (Just watch your fingers when you cut the hot peppers -- use thin rubber gloves. I didn't and my husband ran out to CVS for burn cream because my fingers were swollen and on fire.)
Indian curry -- easy and delicious!
Fettuccine Alfredo -- I made my friends very happy one night with this dish.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I thought the book was good and easy to follow. The recipes seem interesting but I haven't gone through a lot of the book yet. Still, quite pleased with the purchase.Published 4 months ago by Betty Robalino
Nice cookbook, as are most of the ATK books. However, the paper quality and lack of colored photos does detract.Published 17 months ago by cindyb
Great recipice easy to follow directions, its like the TV show in book form, it doesnt disapoint on any levelPublished on December 17, 2013 by ABruchis
I think anything that comes out of America's Test Kitchen is fabulous, so... Try the recipe for Orange Chicken- it alone is worth buying this book. Yum!Published on December 8, 2013 by Sarah Wayman
I like how they test proof and illustrate their recipes in well displayed photos. I love country food and old time recipes. Read morePublished on February 21, 2013 by Ms. Bonnie J. Falla
I am a big fan of ATK and a subscriber of Cooks Illustrated and Cooks Country, but can't get enough of their cookbooks. Read morePublished on December 31, 2006 by Cabushka
If you are interested in why you do what you do to create a dish,this is the book for you. All of the recipes have been tested many times and in different ways before they are... Read morePublished on November 5, 2006 by Maria Shugart