“The America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook” (2005)

This is one of my favorite cookbooks.  It is the book I go to if I’m looking for a basic recipe.  Want to know how to poach eggs?  That’s in here (although I have yet to poach an egg).  Wondering what to do with leftover turkey?  There’s a great recipe in here for “Turkey Noodle Soup” with broth you make from the turkey bones and some meat.  There are a ton of tidbits about the best products to buy and the difference between varieties of cornmeal — after all, it is from America’s Test Kitchen. 

I have the first edition and I remember being very excited about it when I saw it available at Costco.  The first edition is flawed in that the pages are thin and prone to tearing off of the binder.  The second edition has much thicker and seemingly durable pages, but I didn’t see the need to replace my copy yet.  I just tape up the torn holes with reinforcements. 

Almost everything I’ve made out of this one has been really good; the exception was “Collard Greens with Bacon and Onion” in which the greens were too bitter for my taste. 

I recently tried a new recipe from this book called “Cold Sesame Noodles” because I needed a lunch for our trip to the zoo the next day.  I’m blessed enough to live near an Asian supermarket where I was able to easily procure fresh Chinese egg noodles for this.  I added cold, shredded chicken as the recipe suggested and it really did make an excellent picnic food.  This was so much better than what they serve at the zoo.  (Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of the actual dish I made, so the photo I’ve posted here is actually from the book itself.)

There are so many great recipes in this cookbook that produce excellent results.  Some are a little time-consuming, but definitely worth it.  A few of my favorites in this cookbook include:  “Beef Burgundy”, “Roast Lemon Chicken” (excellent when you first brine the chicken as suggested),”Roasted Ratatouille”, “Gingerbread [Cake]”, and ” Corn Muffins”.  I’m getting hungry just thinking about these dishes.

Published in: on May 25, 2010 at 8:49 pm  Leave a Comment  

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