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The New Best Recipe Hardcover – November 1, 2004
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"Its charm is its over-the-top thoroughness." -- Newsweek Magazine, Decmeber 6, 2004
"This new edition (The New Best Recipe) means business." -- The New York Times Book Review, November 5, 2004
"the book's recipes...you don't need to be a gourmet to pull them off." -- San Francisco Bay Guardian, October 13, 2004
Top Customer Reviews
I tell you this so you'll understand how improbable it is that the first thing I tackled from "The New Best Recipe" was chicken stock. A real-deal chicken stock, I'm talking here--the kind that turns to a jelly when cooled, is deep gold, and can improve nearly any dish you add it to--the kind that takes eight or ten hours to make, the classic way.
See, I had picked up this massive (1028-page) book in the bookstore and idly opened to the Soup chapter, where I read a three-page explanation of how to make real chicken stock in one hour. They detailed all the blind alleys they'd explored in trying to come up with the perfect recipe for stock--the different cooking techniques, times, ingredients--until they'd found a way to make rich golden stock in an hour. The technique was, er, unorthodox to say the least, but it all seemed to make perfect sense, so I bought the book and decided to try to make a stock to present to the Cook as a fait accompli.
Holy smoke, it worked! And I gotta tell you, if I can make a couple quarts of chicken stock between the time my daughter gets home from school and the time my husband gets home from work, then you can too.
So, enough anecdote; now for details.
1. The book is a compilations of recipes from Cooks' Illustrated magazine and the America's Test Kitchen TV show (which I've never yet seen).Read more ›
This is now my go-to cookbook, the first place I look when I want to find a recipe, and a book I check other recipes against when considering recipes from other sources. I use this book in the way my mother used the Joy of Cooking when I was growing up in the late 60s and early 70s. And just as Joy was the book she used when she needed a recipe for a classic like beef stew or a then fashionable food such as quiche or cheese fondue, The New Best Recipe has recipes for classics (spaghetti and meatballs, pot roast, coq au vin, shrimp scampi) and also has recipes for foods that have hit the American culinary radar more recently such as pad thai, beef fajitas, and pozole. In fact the huge range of foods is one of the things that makes this cookbook so wonderful; for instance, the pasta section includes recipes for lo mein, tuna noodle casserole and ravioli.Read more ›
One thing important to note is that these recipes are not simply thrown into the book. Cooks Illustrated tests these receipes in their kitches many times, evaluating all facets of the recipe from ingredients and preparation to cook times and equipment. More than just recipes, the book acts as a guide to everyday kitchen techniques, many designed for the novice but certainly still valuable to more experienced cooks. There's also great advice on buying cookware and utensils, as often your receipes are only as good as the equipment you use to make them.
Everything from simple casserole dishes and crockpot favorites to more elegant receipes can be found within its pages. The receipes are VERY step-by-step, obviously written for the beginner in mind and will ensure a great meal everytime. Add to that the editors have put in a generous helping of over 800 illustrations perfectly complement the well-written and well-tested recipes.
If you are going to own just one of these massive type cook books...toss out Betty Crocker...Give the Joy of Cooking the heave-ho...let the Gourmet Cookbook gather dust, and pickup this fantastic book. Simply put it's the best of its kind anywhere! Highest recommendation.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This cookbook is my favorite. It has about a gazillion recipes in it, and with each one they explain the process they used to test different recipes and why they made decisions to... Read morePublished 22 days ago by Burrito
Good read, i enjoyed it, lots of good recipes, can't go wrong with America's Test KitchenPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Great volume. I think they unnececessarily complicate some things, but all of the recipes I've tried have ranged from solid to fantastic. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jennifer Guerrero
I have had this cookbook for about five years and it is the only one I ever use now. Every recipe I've made from it is the best ___ I've ever had. Read morePublished 2 months ago by lovestoshop
Everything in this book is so easy to make and it comes out perfect!Published 3 months ago by D.J. Berg
This has been a great book. We have especially enjoyed reading about the many different processes they tested for each recipe, and how the different processes affected the final... Read morePublished 4 months ago by BDeck