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The Cook’s Illustrated Cookbook: 2,000 Recipes from 20 Years of America’s Most Trusted Cooking Magazine

The Cook’s Illustrated Cookbook: 2,000 Recipes from 20 Years of America’s Most Trusted Cooking Magazine

The Cook's Illustrated Cookbook: 2,000 Recipes from 20 Years of America's Most Trusted Cooking Magazine Cook’s Illustrated Magazine has stood the test of time and distinguished itself among the pack by having a singular focus–developing recipes that work the first time and every time; it’s as simple as that. For the first time since the magazine’s inception, more than 2,000 of Cook’s Illustrated’s landmark recipes have been carefully compiled into a wide-ranging compendium that shows you how to make your favorite dishes better. A must-have collection for fans of Cook’s Illustrated (and any discer

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  1. Rob T "robtish" says:
    798 of 807 people found the following review helpful
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    Gives you more and less, November 17, 2011
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    Rob T “robtish” (Los Angeles, CA USA) –
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    This review is from: The Cook’s Illustrated Cookbook: 2,000 Recipes from 20 Years of America’s Most Trusted Cooking Magazine (Hardcover)
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    I’ve been a big fan of Cook’s Illustrated for a while and I own a bunch of their cookbooks. Here’s the scoop on this one.

    It offers more recipes than any other book they’ve got.
    Many of the recipes appear in other books.
    This one offers a short “Why it works” intro to each recipe, but unlike Cook’s Illustrated “Best Recipe” book, it doesn’t give a detailed explanation of all the things they tried on the way to the final recipe.

    Should you buy this? Here’s a little decision tree:

    Do you already own Cook’s Illustrated Best Recipe cookbook?
    — If yes, then don’t buy this — too much duplication.
    — If no, then are you interested in the the recipe development process?
    —- If so, then buy Cook’s Illustrated’s Best Recipe cookbook.
    —- If not, then buy this book (The Cook’s Illustrated Cookbook) — it’s more complete.

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  2. Heidi says:
    113 of 116 people found the following review helpful
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    The Ultimate and NO Internet Connection Needed!, October 7, 2011
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    Heidi (United States) –
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    This review is from: The Cook’s Illustrated Cookbook: 2,000 Recipes from 20 Years of America’s Most Trusted Cooking Magazine (Hardcover)

    I love Cooks Illustrated and have given America’s Test Kitchens (ATK) Family Cookbook The America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook [AMER TEST KITCHEN FAMILY CKBK] at every wedding shower I have attended since it was printed, probably 20 copies. Now, for all those couples (and sometimes singles) who told me they learned to cook with the Family Cookbook, I have a Christmas gift! Every one of my favorite Cook’s Illustrated magazine recipes is here, in one place, without needing an internet connection. From Roasted Broccoli to Chewy Brownies to Vodka Penne to French Onion Soup to Brown Sugar Cookies to Chicken Marsala to Pan Seared Scallops and on and on ….. every one of them “to die for….”), I don’t think I have ever produced a real failure caused by one of these recipes. I have to say that thanks to Cook’s Illustrated and ATK I have the reputation for being the best cook in the family, hands down. I am the go-to-one for all the family events with “important” cooking (Christmas “Perfect Prime Rib”, Thanksgiving “Creamy Corn Pudding” and mid-July’s family re-union fresh sour cherry pie with Foolproof Pie crusts. All those great recipes and many, many more came from Cook’s Illustrated magazines, and now from this one single (albeit BIG) reference.

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  3. Robert C. Bickle "Flightdog" says:
    280 of 307 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    My New Favorite Cookbook, October 2, 2011
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    Robert C. Bickle “Flightdog” (New Hope, PA United States) –
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    This review is from: The Cook’s Illustrated Cookbook: 2,000 Recipes from 20 Years of America’s Most Trusted Cooking Magazine (Hardcover)

    Summary – A Great cookbook for someone who wants to cook, not look at pictures of someone else’s cooking.

    For those of you unfamiliar with Cook’s Illustrated, it is this great magazine dedicated to making it easier to cook great food. This cookbook keeps up that tradition by compiling and modernizing recipes from the magazine without loosing the informative method of presenting not only the recipe but the background about why something works, what to use to get the best result, and what tools work the best. This is not a cookbook full of glossy pictures of professionally photographed prepared dishes, it is the cook’s cookbook, with the necessary illustrations (done as line drawings) to get the job done. Those of you familiar with the magazine will feel right at home, since the cookbook is done in the exact same style. Typical sidebars include:

    Illustrated guides to complete a task (i.e. – Trimming a chuck-eye roast, Folding Bread Dough, Slicing a Soft Cake so it looks perfect, etc.)
    Test Kitchen Tips (i.e. – Key Tips to perfect Pasta, Buying Scallops, etc.)
    Why A Recipe Works (i.e. – Why the recipe is structured a certain way to get the best result)

    Index – The book is adequately indexed, but indexes never quite think the way you do, so a little logic is still required to find what you are looking for (i.e. – Coffee Cakes is under Cakes and nor cross-referenced under Coffee and Cakes themselves are sub-grouped in the index (Cakes, Cakes – Chocolate, Cakes – Savory).

    Negatives – The book’s pages could be of a heavier weight for my liking. I understand that this is a big book already with so many recipes, but the paper feels fragile in my hand. Also, the binding seems thin and only time will tell if this binding will hold up to the heavy use I plan on putting it through. Lastly, I really it when cookbooks include bookmarking ribbons to allow me to quickly flip through multiple recipes quickly when I am preparing a couple of recipes simultaneously. For these reasons, I subtracted a star.

    Value – This is a great value even with my few negatives.

    Ideas for Making it Better – In the way of improvement, I wonder why a book like this is not offered digitally. I have a Pad Computer and a Kitchen Computer, both of which I use while cooking, so having a cookbook that offers me the ability to thumb through for recipes digitally would be nice. I would like to see companies offer both, similar to what they do now with textbooks, so you can have the paper and the digital at one lower combined price.

    Contents – The compilers waste no time with long introductions or discussions on what cooking is about. They dive right into recipes, a lot of recipes, and spread the information throughout the book teaching you why something is the way it is when you need to know it. The style of this cookbook is to get you to dive right in and start cooking, not admiring the professionally prepared dishes or reading endless text on how to separate an egg. Organized logically, it includes:

    – Appetizers
    *Nuts, cheese, and eggs
    *Shrimp and Salmon
    *Dips, Spreads, and Salsas
    *Nachos and Quesadillas
    *Bruschetta and Tarts
    *Spring Rolls and Dumplings
    -Salads
    *Vinaigrette and Dressings
    *Green Salads
    *Vegetable Salads
    *Deli Salads
    *Chicken Salads, Tuna Salads and More
    -Soups
    *Stocks
    *Chicken and Beef Soups
    *Vegetable and Bean Soups
    *Chowders and More
    *Croutons and Other Garnishes
    -Chilis, Stews, and Braises
    -Curries, Stir-Fries, and Asian Noodles
    *Curries
    *Vegetable Stir Fries
    *Chicken, Meat and Shrimp Stir Fries
    *Fried Rice and Noodles
    -Pasta
    *Pasta Sauces
    *Pasta with Olive Oil or Cream Sauces
    *Pasta with Tomato Sauces
    *Pasta with Meat Sauces
    *Pasta with Chicken or Seafood
    *Pasta with Vegetables
    *Whole Meat Pasta Dishes
    *Fresh Pasta and Filled Pasta
    *Manicotti, Lasagna, and other Baked Pasta Dishes
    -Rice, Grains, and Beans
    -Vegetables
    *Potatoes
    *Stuffed Vegetables and Vegetable Mains
    -Poultry
    *Chicken Cutlets and Breasts
    *Bone-in Chicken Parts
    *Fried and Stuffed Chicken
    *Whole Roast Chicken
    *Chicken & Rice Dishes, Pot Pies, and Enchiladas
    *Turkey
    *Cornish Game Hens and Duck
    -Meat
    *Beef
    *Pork
    *Lamb
    -Fish and Shellfish
    -Grilling
    *Poultry
    *Pork and Lamb
    *Fish and Shellfish
    *Vegetables
    *Barbeque Sauces
    -Eggs and Breakfast
    *Eggs and Egg Dishes
    *French Toast, Pancakes, and waffles
    *Oatmeal and Granola
    *Bacon and Potatoes
    -Quick Breads and Coffee Cakes
    *Biscuits, Scones, and Muffins
    *Popovers, Doughnuts, and Buns
    *Coffee Cakes
    *Quick Breads
    -Yeast Breads and rolls
    -Pizza, Calzones, and Flatbreads
    -Cookies, Brownies,…

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