America’s Test Kitchen 2010 TV Show Cookbook

If you only want to buy one cookbook, then this is it. America’s Test Kitchen is a TV show on public television where a team of professional chefs and food scientists make each recipe dozens of times until the recipe becomes perfect. They use test panels to test their recipes, cooking equipment, and various ingredients.  Rather than giving you a long drawn out explanation of the cooking show that is sweeping the nation, why don’t you watch this brief clip?

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My two-year-old son and I watch the America’s Test Kitchen season DVDs on a regular basis, and find that we’re addicted to the show! Even though his vocabulary is limited, he knows each of the chefs featured on the show. When I discovered that ATK came out with a cookbook that shares every recipe from their 10 years of TV episodes, I jumped at the opportunity…well, I actually asked my wife to jump at the opportunity, and she bought the book for my 30th birthday.

This book also lists all the cooking equipment and ingredients that they tested on the show. You can buy ingredients, pans, mixers, and anything else with confidence! Now I don’t buy kitchen equipment or ingredients without first consulting this book. I’m happy to report that I haven’t been disappointed!

Every recipe we’ve made from this book is top notch. From the Creamy Mashed Potatoes to the Grilled Pork Loin, we continually find ourselves saying “this is the best food we’ve ever tasted!” I guess it makes sense, because each recipe was scientifically developed and tested by professionals. Here’s a description of the book:

Product Description
Since its debut in 1999, America’s Test Kitchen has been public television’s most-watched cooking show. This new comprehensive cookbook captures ten seasons of the show in a lively collection featuring more than 500 foolproof recipes and dozens of tips and techniques. You’ll learn the secret to rich-tasting Weeknight Bolognese and Cheesey Garlic Bread in Bringing Home Italian Favorites. Prepare a platter of the best-tasting nachos you’ve ever had in Tex-Mex tonight. And discover a new way to cook the Thanksgiving turkey in Talking Turkey and All the Trimmings–choose among nine different recipes for the holiday bird–from Classic Roast Stuffed Turkey and Crisp-Skinned Butterflied Turkey to Herbed Roast Turkey, Grill-Roasted Turkey, and more.

Want to learn how to be a better cook? Throughout the book you’ll find a special behind-the-scenes feature highlighting the most important test kitchen techniques from the past decade. In addition, we take you behind the scenes of the show for a fascinating look at how recipes are developed, why our equipment and ingredient ratings are different, what’s involved in putting together an episode, and more. And assembled just for this collection, The America’s Test Kitchen Guide to Recommended Ingredients and Equipment unites all our important tastings and testings into an easy-to-navigate buyer’s guide so you can be a savvy consumer whether you’re investing in a new gas grill or picking up a can of tomatoes. This new volume gives you a decade of great cooking and expertise from America’s most trusted test kitchen.

Please let me know what you think about my favorite cookbook! You can buy the book by clicking on the below link:

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Comments

  1. 1
    JoshLovesIt says:

    I absolutely love this book! Please share your favorite cookbooks right here!

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    Alex Lubeck says:

    try the america’s test kitchen healthy family cookbook! we don’t have it yet but my sister-in-law got it for christmas and i’ll be using a bn giftcard for it one of these days.

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    I don’t have this cookbook so I can’t specifically comment on the recipes in it, but I have followed several from the TV show and that I’ve got online. I think the science behind their techniques is right on in most cases, although I’ve found some of the recipes to be a bit bland in taste.

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      JoshLovesIt says:

      Hi Lyn,

      Thanks for your comments! Yes, I’ve found a couple of their recipes to be bland…but they’re from New England, so that’s to be expected! But I’d say that 95% of what I’ve tried is amazing, which is better than any other cook book I’ve tried. Any other suggestions for great cookbooks?

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    I think the most helpful cookbooks in technique, pictures explaining each of the basic steps and with some great recipes is the Time Life series, THE GOOD COOK. I’m sure they can still be found on eBay. Not sure how many are in the series off the top of my head, but I think just under 30. They are divided by subject…such as Beef, Poultry, Breads, Pasta, Vegetables, Candy, etc. Although I have tons of other cookbooks that I enjoy and have some favorite recipes in, I can’t think of another that helped me as much as this series has and continues to be helpful.
    If a new cook can’t afford to buy the entire series, they could start out with just some of their favorites and add from there as their cooking skills increase. And as always, with eBay, if you watch long enough, you’re sure to find a bargain for the entire set if you are patient!

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