The America's Test Kitchen Family Baking Book

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Based on the hit PBS show, this step-by-step guidebook to successful baking is the companion to the popular America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook. Like its predecessor, The America's Test Kitchen Family Baking Book shepherds you through kitchen processes, saving you from the pitfalls and miscues that plague even experienced bakers. This handsome, illustrated troubleshooting guide covers it all: bread, cookies, cakes, pies, and pastries. With this book in hand, festive desserts will not be far away.
Publishers Weekly

Expert bakers and novices scared of baking's requisite exactitude can all learn something from this hefty, all-purpose home baking volume. The editors of America's Test Kitchen, known for their painstaking recipe testing, offer more than 700 recipes, helpfully illustrated by 1,000-plus color photos. The recipes themselves are indeed family appropriate-no architectural restaurant-style desserts here, but rather appealing basics in a wide variety of categories, including breads, pizzas, cookies, cakes, pies, pastries, custards and toppings. Easier items, such as Simple Drop Biscuits, Peanut Butter Blondies, and Red Velvet Layer Cake are labeled "great for beginners"; potentially intimidating confections, such as Croissants, Grand Marnier Soufflé and even a Classic Three-Tier Wedding Cake have step-by-step instructions that make them accessible. While the tone of the book is decidedly technical, the vibe isn't cold. And the info-packed introduction, with details on ingredients and equipment (the editors get specific and suggest their tried and true favorite brands) is worth reading carefully. (Sept.)

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Library Journal

The follow-up to The America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook, this big book includes more than 700 recipes and 1000 color photographs. The recipes encompass both traditional favorites and more contemporary treats, and there are separate chapters on light baking and "shortcut baking" (using packaged mixes), as well as one devoted to how to make a wedding cake. There are also ratings of ingredients and baking equipment, plus step-by-step photographs of many techniques and illustrated tutorials. Boxes titled "Don't Make This Mistake" show pitfalls to avoid, troubleshooting charts provide solutions to common baking problems, and dozens of helpful tips offer even more guidance to home bakers at any level. Highly recommended (but note that the book is ring-bound).


—Judith Sutton
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933615226
  • Publisher: America's Test Kitchen
  • Publication date: 9/28/2008
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 135,937
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.80 (d)

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  • Posted April 12, 2010

    DELICIOUS

    Basic baking aside, I am a beginner. I have worked my way through five recipes in this book and I feel like a pro.
    1. The introductory guide to ingredients and tools is worth the price of the book alone. The authors give an intro to basics, describe why they recommend certain ingredients and explain the differences between ingredients I didn't know made a difference (ex: use of kosher salt v. table salt).

    2. The recipes are thorough and easy to follow. The ingredients list is specific and provides page references to the ingredients guide and technique descriptions. The step-by-step pictures are also helpful for mastering techniques.

    3. The recipes are tried and tested. I know that when each recipe is complete, the finished product will look, taste and feel as it should.

    4. The conversion chart and substitution table make the recipes even easier to create.

    5. The book covers a broad range of baked goods, and for some treats there are several takes on the same recipe.

    6. The guide is well organized and the binder allows readers to take out recipes making it easier to work on one recipe at a time.

    Bravo to America's Test Kitchen.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 6, 2009

    Fabulous!

    I have many, many cookbooks in my kitchen, but if I were going to have only one for baking this would be the one. Great for beginners, but also excellent for experienced cooks. What a wonderful bridal shower gift this book would make. I highly recommend it to all bakers.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 20, 2009

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    I'm a better baker with the Family Baking Book by Americas Test Kitchen

    I have been baking for years and my daughter started college last year to study Baking arts. I don't have all the answers when it comes to baking science, but the Family Baking Book does. It is such a help, and so easy to use. With the help of America's Test Kitchen i am finding myself a better baker with it's helpful advice and recipes. This is the second Test Kitchen book that i have purchased, and they have really helped me to becoome a better cook, and baker. I guess this old dog can learn new tricks!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2009

    Love this cookbook!

    Leave it to Chris Kimball and the America's Test Kitchen staff to write a cookbook that's as well written as its television show and related magazines. Whether a beginner (my husband, a dabbling baker) or an experienced baker (my prize-winning Grandma the pie maker), everyone can learn basic kitchen physics about essential ingredients and equipment as well as tips, recipe variations, plenty of photos, room for notes, a chart of equivalents and substitutions, cross index, and sticky tabs to mark your favorite recipes. <BR/><BR/>I would have given this book a fifth star if it would have included more light recipes and nutritional information for all recipes, not just the light ones.<BR/><BR/>A devoted fan of the magazines and TV show for years, I'd never bought any of the Test Kitchen cookbooks before. I bought this one for my husband, who's having a ball teaching himself baking and teaching me a thing or two along the way. I plan to buy all other cookbooks America's Test Kitchen has in this format.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    great recipes

    I saw this on QVC and decided to purchase it at B&N. It is nicely laid out and I like how the layout is in notebook format. Good pictures and details.

    I've tried several recipes so far and they are great....

    I went back and bought another one for my daughter.

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  • Posted December 23, 2009

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    I Also Recommend:

    Family Baking Book

    I bought this book and cant believe how wonderful it is. The recipes are very detailed and tested. The book also has tips and techniques when making some recipes. I found a muffin recipe that I cant stop baking. I have made it 8 times so far and my family loves it so much. People have asked me to make the recipe for my church. Trust me this book is the only book you will ever need. Best book I have ever owned.

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  • Posted December 7, 2009

    Best Cookbook Ever!

    I have been cooking over 40 years. I have a collection of cookbooks, but this one is fantastic. I never realized I had been cooking incorrectly until I got this book. I am definetely going to get their other books. The cooking tips are excellent and very informative. I would recommend this book to everyone - even those who like me thought they knew it all.

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  • Posted August 27, 2009

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    Good overall baking book

    I really bought this book for one receipe. The Tunnel of Fudge Cake is worth the price of the book. The Key Lime Bars are wonderful too. However for all their testing there are a few receipes I do not care for and when I suddenly come upon one that LOOKS good and try it out it feels like a waste. However most of the receipes I have tried are very good and I do like their product recomendations that are included in the book.

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  • Posted August 22, 2009

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    Good basic baking book

    I received this as a gift. I love to bake but was getting bored of my usuals. This honestly didn't really give me too much stunning or crazy new recipes but it did give me a lot of information and how-to's for technique and mastering some things (even tricky stuff like croissants!).
    Includes many pictures, but as is the case with most cook books, i wish there were more! I'm definitely glad to have this one in my collection as it is quite often the one I reach for when I want to know "how DO i make a basic chocolate cream pie?".
    Also--not sure what I do/did wrong, but their basic chocolate cookie recipe was dry on both times I tried it--so i'm sticking with my nestle one!

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