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Since its debut in 1999, America's Test Kitchen has been public television's most-watched cooking show. This comprehensive cookbook captures 10 seasons of the show and features more than 500 foolproof recipes.


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Since its debut in 1999, America's Test Kitchen has been public television's most-watched cooking show. This comprehensive cookbook captures 10 seasons of the show and features more than 500 foolproof recipes.

30 review for The Complete America's Test Kitchen TV Show Cookbook 2001-2010

  1. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    This is the best cookbook I have ever read through, filled with post-its, borrowed from the library and then bought, spilled olive oil on, tried a bunch of recipes from, and started evangelizing to friends. It's awesome. Because they test everything. You aren't just getting a bunch of recipes, you are getting hours and hours of painstakingly thorough research and development to create the BEST recipes. (They also review pots, pans, and kitchen gadgets.) Being a Virgo, I appreciate precision. Bein This is the best cookbook I have ever read through, filled with post-its, borrowed from the library and then bought, spilled olive oil on, tried a bunch of recipes from, and started evangelizing to friends. It's awesome. Because they test everything. You aren't just getting a bunch of recipes, you are getting hours and hours of painstakingly thorough research and development to create the BEST recipes. (They also review pots, pans, and kitchen gadgets.) Being a Virgo, I appreciate precision. Being human, I appreciate good food. This book is lovely on both counts. Lastly, they try to make recipes *fool-proof*. Big win. So far I have made several cookie recipes: the peanut cookies and the chocolate chip were big hits. The classic mac and cheese was also popular, and I'm making my second batch of baked beans right now. I also love that if I find a recipe I like, I can look it up on their website and print it out (requires subscription). I have just recently started to really learn how to cook, and what always demoralized me in the past is spending a long time on a recipe and then it just being OK, or worse, being bad. After buying the ingredients, figuring out the recipe, and timing things, I want to get a WIN for my efforts. With this book, as long as I follow the directions, I get something delicious. Awesome!

  2. 5 out of 5

    False

    I love America's Test Kitchen, and I love their thoroughness in achieving the best recipes. Why don't I like the book? It weighs a ton. It hurts to pick it up. How useful can a book be that you don't even want to lift. One of my librarians has carpal tunnel syndrome. I present "Exhibit A."

  3. 5 out of 5

    JerryOnDrums

    Just a fantastic cookbook. I’ve yet to try a recipe that wasn’t superb, and the pictures and explanations as to *why* the recipes work are such a valuable addition to the book. A kitchen staple!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sandy

    The cheese is creating a web from my spoon to the bowl, the toast soaking up the broth ever so rich from the onions that were simmering in the pot for such a short time: this tasted like restaurant quality soup yet I prepared it in less than an hour. To think that this was the streamlined version and it tasted like this, I hated to think what the classic version of their French onion soup tasted like, I don’t know if I could handle the anticipation of waiting twice as long for this gooey goodnes The cheese is creating a web from my spoon to the bowl, the toast soaking up the broth ever so rich from the onions that were simmering in the pot for such a short time: this tasted like restaurant quality soup yet I prepared it in less than an hour. To think that this was the streamlined version and it tasted like this, I hated to think what the classic version of their French onion soup tasted like, I don’t know if I could handle the anticipation of waiting twice as long for this gooey goodness. One recipe down and more than 1,100 left to try and I am contemplating whether to buy this mammoth of a book. Yes, this baby is big weighing in at around 6 pounds (yes, I put it on my scale) but I have to tell you, I love with a big LOVE American Test Kitchen cookbooks. Ask me why and I can tell you that I have made plenty of their recipes and not one of them has failed me. Not one of them has been bad. Not one of them has been a waste of my money. I have many of their cookbooks and I am a subscriber of their monthly magazine and they are the truly the best. Why? Because they talk cooking, like I like to talk about books. They are the masters of cooking, they test things over and over again to give you the best recipe and with each recipe they tell you why that recipe works. Sometimes you will find that their recipes take a bit of time, but it is totally worth it! It’s like the holy grail of cooking when you cook with the American Test Kitchen behind you. They even have a television program on public television and a website (see I am addicted to their brand). I am really in love with this cookbook but the price tag has me dragging my feet, retail value is $45.00. Yep, I might have to wait till after the holidays on this one and just see if magically it somehow lands onto my bookshelf somehow.

  5. 4 out of 5

    John G

    Sometimes a good reference. I am not sure I like their techniques. They seem slightly biased in favour of speed and shortcuts. Still their analytical commentary on some recipes is valuable and they often introduce updates to old recipes which is interesting. For example compensating for the changes in cream over the years. That's stuff I did not think about. I am not a fan of their taste in seasoning which I find kinda bland. We really part company on the BBQ. Of course I do not know what the New Sometimes a good reference. I am not sure I like their techniques. They seem slightly biased in favour of speed and shortcuts. Still their analytical commentary on some recipes is valuable and they often introduce updates to old recipes which is interesting. For example compensating for the changes in cream over the years. That's stuff I did not think about. I am not a fan of their taste in seasoning which I find kinda bland. We really part company on the BBQ. Of course I do not know what the New England approach to meat is but it really doesn't seem to be very sophisticted. I think all those beach pit clam bakes have given them a tradition of steam instead of fire. I buy their magazine publication as much for the equipment reviews and tips info as for the recipes.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    This is my favorite cookbook of all cookbooks. I have never been a very good cook because I hate following recipes... There are two reasons I love this book. First, America's Test Kitchen has perfected each recipe. They've spent significant time with trying substituting ingredients to perfect the outcome. The second reason I love this cookbook is because before each recipe they explain why they have the ingredients that they do. This explanation appeals to my "intellectual side" and helps me be This is my favorite cookbook of all cookbooks. I have never been a very good cook because I hate following recipes... There are two reasons I love this book. First, America's Test Kitchen has perfected each recipe. They've spent significant time with trying substituting ingredients to perfect the outcome. The second reason I love this cookbook is because before each recipe they explain why they have the ingredients that they do. This explanation appeals to my "intellectual side" and helps me be more willing to follow the recipe. So far my two best recipes have been the peach pie (the crust recipe is PHENOMENAL!) I also REALLY love the mac and cheese. DELISH!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Dara

    This book is packed with hundreds of pages of recipes. Each one says how they tested the recipe and chose the best method. There's also their top equipment choices and technique tips. I can't wait to start trying some of these recipes.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    I had the first 5 year cookbook, but gifted that one to a friend, so I "needed" this cookbook! It's a big book, over 1000 pages! But.....I know ANY recipe I try, will be amazing! I've already made the sticky buns....absolutely perfectly sticky and nutty!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sunshine

    My goto book for a lot of recipies

  10. 5 out of 5

    e

    Perhaps not the best cookbook for a vegetarian , but the recipes that I have made have been amazing and I am excited to try more! Great for the anal retentive chef like myself, and also great for learning new techniques. I add a bit extra oomph , spices etc. as needed, as this is geared towards a more homogenized palate, but I generally like bold, intense flavors. I am excited to try more of the breads and baked goods. The Israeli couscous salad has been in my rotation for a few years now, it's Perhaps not the best cookbook for a vegetarian , but the recipes that I have made have been amazing and I am excited to try more! Great for the anal retentive chef like myself, and also great for learning new techniques. I add a bit extra oomph , spices etc. as needed, as this is geared towards a more homogenized palate, but I generally like bold, intense flavors. I am excited to try more of the breads and baked goods. The Israeli couscous salad has been in my rotation for a few years now, it's amazing!

  11. 5 out of 5

    A Street

    Very detailed explanations of what makes each recipe “tick.” Saves you from making a mistake thinking, “maybe I could just...” They’ve tried it, and no, it isn’t as good. I like knowing that a recipe WORKS and is to the highest possible quality result.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    I didn't actually read all of this book but it's a pretty awesome resource and I want to keep a copy in my log for future reference.

  13. 4 out of 5

    D

    it goes without saying that the america's test kitchen crew is to be revered, along with anything they publish. i use their italian cookbook like a bible (my husband is italian, i lived in italy for several years, and the cuisine most heavily represented in my cookbook collection is italian, and yet ATK is my go-to for most every basic italian recipe), and i find their detailed analyses and explanations incredibly valuable and instructive. i have heard that many ATK cookbooks are frustrating rep it goes without saying that the america's test kitchen crew is to be revered, along with anything they publish. i use their italian cookbook like a bible (my husband is italian, i lived in italy for several years, and the cuisine most heavily represented in my cookbook collection is italian, and yet ATK is my go-to for most every basic italian recipe), and i find their detailed analyses and explanations incredibly valuable and instructive. i have heard that many ATK cookbooks are frustrating republications of the same recipes, over and over, which makes a compendium of every ATK recipe ever tested all the more valuable -- no need to ever buy another! this book offers a good, solid foundation in soups, salads, italian, take-out (pan-asian), french, tex-mex, cakes, pies, cookies . . . and on, and on, and on. the explanations in the collection are seriously edited down but still get to the heart of why certain decisions were made in the kitchen; and there are a smattering of their valuable kitchen product and foodstuff recommendations. the recipes i've tried so far have been fantastic: in fact, the single skillet ziti was a revelation. really. their process flies in the face of centuries of italian culinary know-how, but it WORKS. the compendium is heavy on recipes, light on photographs, but still an invaluable resource. once again, ATK has hit it out of the ballpark. i think to get five stars from me the production would have had to be glossier (let's face it -- in a post-Martha world the bar has been raised, and we expect more out of our cookbooks, looks included), and i would have to spend even more time with the cookbook producing flawless recipes (which i will, over time). *** UPDATED 1/15 *** i realize i rely on my ATK cookbook less and less these days because other, exciting, chefs are edging out the competition with brilliant recipes AND brilliant production. what i mean is that ATK has brilliantly tested recipes, yes, and will please, but much of what i require when poring over cookbooks and trying to figure out a menu is visual stimulation. ATK has very, very few pictures, and those are black and white. and even the recipes they email me that are full color lack the amazing lighting and detail work that can help me understand the promise of a great recipe. not every cook is as visual an information gatherer as i am, so this will not be a minus for every cook; but for me, the lack of emphasis on quality photography and production is definitely making ATK less of a resource for me than it has been in years past.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Denise みか Hutchins

    Frankly, this is the best cookbook I own. America's Test Kitchen simply can't be beat. So long as you follow the directions, using the correct equipment and ingredients, you will ALWAYS end up with the most delicious end-result you can imagine. In the two years I have had this book, I've tried dozens of recipes and I would (and have, in many cases) cook them all again. The equipment and ingredient reviews at the end of the book are EXTREMELY helpful, to boot. I have improved my home kitchen setu Frankly, this is the best cookbook I own. America's Test Kitchen simply can't be beat. So long as you follow the directions, using the correct equipment and ingredients, you will ALWAYS end up with the most delicious end-result you can imagine. In the two years I have had this book, I've tried dozens of recipes and I would (and have, in many cases) cook them all again. The equipment and ingredient reviews at the end of the book are EXTREMELY helpful, to boot. I have improved my home kitchen setup remarkably thanks to following ATK's recommendations. The only negative here has nothing to with the contents of the book but with the physical book itself. It's too large. A few months ago, the spine completely cracked and now there's a huge gap along the spine between the pages when you open to the baking section. Who knows how long it will be before the pages start falling out. They chose a terrible binding method for a book this size. I seriously use this cookbook all the time, more often than any other, so it will be very disappointing if things start coming apart completely. Because of the binding issue, I will never buy another single-volume collection of all the America's Test Kitchen TV recipes. They need to start publishing one volume per season. Until they do, I will keep using my current book. There are plenty of bang-up recipes in here to keep me going for years and years!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Nonnie

    2011 790 pages I recently received this book when I bought the combination book and dvds of the PBS TV series, American Test Kitchen. Features from 2001 to 2011 are included, the recipes, the product tests, the science behind the cooking techniques. My daughter and I love this series and found it made us better cooks. I love reading the text and it can stand alone of the TV series. If you like the show you will like this book. The books I bought as a combo, were suppose to come with the DVDs but th 2011 790 pages I recently received this book when I bought the combination book and dvds of the PBS TV series, American Test Kitchen. Features from 2001 to 2011 are included, the recipes, the product tests, the science behind the cooking techniques. My daughter and I love this series and found it made us better cooks. I love reading the text and it can stand alone of the TV series. If you like the show you will like this book. The books I bought as a combo, were suppose to come with the DVDs but they are on back-order. I am very unhappy that they were not delivered together and may not be available till after Christmas. I am not happy with Cooks Illustrated / American Test Kitchen. Communications with them has been minimal and I do not know the status of my DVD order. I do not know if there is any way to get these books and dvds without going through them, but I will never order any more products from them without the guarantee of a timely delivery. Nonnie, http://nonniequiltingdreams.wordpress... Nonnie's Quilting Dreams - Blog http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/... GOOD READS http://nonniesquiltingdreams.podbean.... Nonnie's Quilting Dreams- Podcast .

  16. 5 out of 5

    Brices Mice Christian Book Reviews

    Who doesn't like good food?! The Complete America's Test Kitchen TV Show Cookbook has everything you need to know about testing out Home Cooking. Their recipes are chosen after trying out at least a dozen or so versions of a recipe, presenting their best one. The test cooks on the TV show are not actors but real cooks using real kitchens, as revealed in this book. This book also has many suggestions on what to look for when buying your kitchen gadgets and equipment so you don't have to waste your Who doesn't like good food?! The Complete America's Test Kitchen TV Show Cookbook has everything you need to know about testing out Home Cooking. Their recipes are chosen after trying out at least a dozen or so versions of a recipe, presenting their best one. The test cooks on the TV show are not actors but real cooks using real kitchens, as revealed in this book. This book also has many suggestions on what to look for when buying your kitchen gadgets and equipment so you don't have to waste your time and money trying out what might be the latest but useless item. It's almost impossible to describe the amount of knowledge that is shared in this book, as it's not only a cook book but bits and pieces of how recipes are developed, what it takes to become a test cook, and how this all comes together. I have to say, we watch this show on TV, but having the book at our side makes it fun to try our hands at new and tasty recipes.

  17. 4 out of 5

    megHan

    If you are going to purchase ANY cookbook, I recommend this be it. We actually purchased this and the videos that go with it (the show really is cute and comes on PBS) and they are an absolute necessity. I have my degree in Culinary Arts and this is my go-to book when I'm looking for something. What's most neat about these people (book and videos) is that they have taken recipes and tried it every way to perfect it so that you don't have to go through all of that trouble. They explain all of thi If you are going to purchase ANY cookbook, I recommend this be it. We actually purchased this and the videos that go with it (the show really is cute and comes on PBS) and they are an absolute necessity. I have my degree in Culinary Arts and this is my go-to book when I'm looking for something. What's most neat about these people (book and videos) is that they have taken recipes and tried it every way to perfect it so that you don't have to go through all of that trouble. They explain all of this to you, letting you know why you're doing this this and this instead of that that and that and make it very interesting in the process. Between you and me, my most favorite recipe on here is the drop biscuits - they are so delicious - but shhh don't tell anyone (people are always asking me for the recipe and I tell them it's a secret).

  18. 5 out of 5

    David McCormick

    Family Bible. Outstanding (so far) in nearly every respect. I've cooked around 40 or so of the non-desert recipes and nearly all the desert and baking, and I really love this book. Classic recipes made with painstaking care, very helpful reviews of kitchen gadgets, and I love the chapter devoted exclusively to thanksgiving staples. In my opinion, the only stumble is to be found in the Tex-Mex recipes. Perhaps there is a regional difference, but I found the few I've tried to be very bland. Truly Family Bible. Outstanding (so far) in nearly every respect. I've cooked around 40 or so of the non-desert recipes and nearly all the desert and baking, and I really love this book. Classic recipes made with painstaking care, very helpful reviews of kitchen gadgets, and I love the chapter devoted exclusively to thanksgiving staples. In my opinion, the only stumble is to be found in the Tex-Mex recipes. Perhaps there is a regional difference, but I found the few I've tried to be very bland. Truly awful - like Chili's. So to those of us in the southwest, simply tear out those thirty pages and the less said the better. Afterward it's pure gold. I've gravitated more and more to this cookbook as time goes on and now it's my go to book for nearly everything. This book replaces a whole shelf of inferiors.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jim Berkin

    From the best cooking show on TV - the show that instructs you how to cook things you'll actually make & eat at home (what a concept!) - comes this excellent compendium of recipes from the first decade of the show. Organized well & with all the explanations of how these recipes work (much like their Cook's Illustrated magazine does). Granted, sometimes their recipes remind me of that old SNL bit "The Anal Retentive Chef" with their level of precise detail, but the basic rules that a cookbook sho From the best cooking show on TV - the show that instructs you how to cook things you'll actually make & eat at home (what a concept!) - comes this excellent compendium of recipes from the first decade of the show. Organized well & with all the explanations of how these recipes work (much like their Cook's Illustrated magazine does). Granted, sometimes their recipes remind me of that old SNL bit "The Anal Retentive Chef" with their level of precise detail, but the basic rules that a cookbook should (a) be useful and (b) improve dishes you're already familiar with making are exemplified by this volume.

  20. 5 out of 5

    J

    The aroma of slow cooker Minestrone fills the house as I write this review. Cook's Country offers so many pointers and explanations of why their cooking methodology works. If you are a foodie and like to know the why behind the 'how-to' goes into great cooking, then this is the book for you. I have the previous edition in book form and this most recent edition in electronic format. Cook's Country is well worth the expense, and having in e-book format is such a nice feature because I don't have to The aroma of slow cooker Minestrone fills the house as I write this review. Cook's Country offers so many pointers and explanations of why their cooking methodology works. If you are a foodie and like to know the why behind the 'how-to' goes into great cooking, then this is the book for you. I have the previous edition in book form and this most recent edition in electronic format. Cook's Country is well worth the expense, and having in e-book format is such a nice feature because I don't have to lug it around but still get to enjoy the pictures as I read all the nuances behind awesome cooking techniques.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn

    I first checked this book out from the library. I loved it so much I kept renewing it until the one I ordered arrived. There is so much more in here than just recipes. This book teaches you skills you can adapt and use in other recipes. There are product reviews for both food and kitchen tools that could save you a lot of time or money. When you purchase this book make sure to look for the latest up to date version. The actual copy I own is the 2001-2016 version. There are lots of great color ph I first checked this book out from the library. I loved it so much I kept renewing it until the one I ordered arrived. There is so much more in here than just recipes. This book teaches you skills you can adapt and use in other recipes. There are product reviews for both food and kitchen tools that could save you a lot of time or money. When you purchase this book make sure to look for the latest up to date version. The actual copy I own is the 2001-2016 version. There are lots of great color photographs of finished items and there are even step-by-step photos of some of the processes.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Tracy

    This is one of my favorite books of all time. (Thanks Mom!) I use it at least a couple of times a week and the recipes are straightforward, don't generally take too much time, and have never failed. This morning, for example, I decided to try the french toast recipe. I've made french toast for most of my life and figured things couldn't be much different - but this was great! There were really only small changes to what I've typically done, but they made a big difference. That's what you get by This is one of my favorite books of all time. (Thanks Mom!) I use it at least a couple of times a week and the recipes are straightforward, don't generally take too much time, and have never failed. This morning, for example, I decided to try the french toast recipe. I've made french toast for most of my life and figured things couldn't be much different - but this was great! There were really only small changes to what I've typically done, but they made a big difference. That's what you get by testing all the ingredients and procedures until they are perfect. Thank you ATK!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Christopher Kimball and staff are probably the most anal retentive chefs out there. But the results of their diligent kitchen work are oh so apparent in this book. I've personally made many recipes in this book and while most of them are not the easiest, they certainly have wowed my taste buds. I definitely recommend this for any foodie who's looking for a comprehensive cookbook filled with the best of the best recipes.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Bethany

    A new one to my shelf, and already my second most used cookbook. I've found some small differences in the recipes between this book and other Test Kitchen cookbooks (one that comes to mind is the slightly different measurements in the Almost No-Knead Bread here and in the Baking book). This one also doesn't always include all of the testing detail that some of the smaller editions have. But it's a nicely edited, concise cookbook with lots of new favorites.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kati Atwood

    Yes, I'm putting a cookbook on my Goodreads shelf. Mainly because this book is SO FULL of awesome information. Got this one for Christmas and I have been pouring over it ever since. I just love the notes on each recipe explaining what is hard about that particular recipe and the way they went about to make sure they got it right. Very very useful. I have made several dishes and each one has turned out well.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    Excellent; like "Good Eats" meets "Bill Nye the Science Guy," every single recipe and product recommendation is prefaced by an explanation; why some tomato soups fail, why this one works, how other recipes were tried, etc. A great read for anyone investing in pieces for their kitchen; they test and rank everything from plastic wrap to stand mixers and portable grills. Worthwhile to own for a reference volume, too.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Meghan

    BEST Cookbook EVER!!!!! And I have rea some cook books. This one is the boss of them all. Not necessarily for beginners. You have to be willing to do some seemingly inconsequential, yet oh so important baby steps to achieve perfection, but is is oh so worth it. When you bite into the most amazing triple chocolate cookie you have ever seen or tasted, or let sauce from the most amazing beef stew drip down your chin, you will know it was worth the effort.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Dani

    I love America's Test Kitchen! I love how well they test their recipes, and I love reading about why each recipe works (and what could cause it to not work). Do you ever follow a recipe as precisely as you can, and still it doesn't turn out right? America's Test Kitchen prevents that. They test, test, and test their recipes. They try various brands of an ingredient to improved flavor, texture, and more. It's delicious and educational. A great book!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Belinda

    This book is fantastic whether you watch the PBS series or not. The book contains more than 850 foolproof recipes and dozens of tips and techniques. All the recipes include the "whys' of the ingredients and processes chosen, not just a list of directions The book also includes a wealth of supporting information and purchasing guides. Be forewarn… The book is 2 inches thick and heavy!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Leona

    I recently splurged on this cookbook and I have not been disappointed. The recipes are thorough, organized well and I particularly like the unbiased reviews in the back on products. I have not gone wrong in some serious purchases. I highly recommend this cookbook and the actual PBS series. This is cooking made fun with a bit of art, science and good old commonsense.

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