New Best Recipe: All-New Edition

New Best Recipe: All-New Edition

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by Cook's Illustrated Magazine

ISBN-10: 0936184744

ISBN-13: 2900936184745

Pub. Date: 10/28/2004

Publisher: America's Test Kitchen

In America's Test Kitchen, we test variations on a recipe 10, 20, 30, or even 50 times to evaluate everything from baking temperatures, mixing methods, and ingredient choices to cooking techniques and equipment choices-all in the quest to deliver the best recipe while also answering every conceivable cooking question. And along the way, we make sure to tell you where…  See more details below


In America's Test Kitchen, we test variations on a recipe 10, 20, 30, or even 50 times to evaluate everything from baking temperatures, mixing methods, and ingredient choices to cooking techniques and equipment choices-all in the quest to deliver the best recipe while also answering every conceivable cooking question. And along the way, we make sure to tell you where things might go wrong because we know that food is expensive and time is a precious comodity. The result? A comprehensive cooking resource and more than 1,000 recipes you can count on time and time again. This all-new edition not only contains the best recipes for your favorite home-cooked foods-from Meat Loaf with Brown Sugar-Ketchup Glaze and Chicken Pot Pie to Old-Fashioned Chocolate Layer Cake and Apple Crisp-it also explains how and why these recipes work so that you will become a better cook.

Featuring the best of the best, this edition represents the editors' picks from 10 years of cooking in America's Test Kitchen. Expanded to include tutorials on grilling, baking, stir-frying, and much more, The New Best Recipe is the ultimate cooking resource for novice and experienced cooks alike. With the New Best Recipe, We Invite you into America's Test Kitchen, where you will stand at our elbows as we try to develop the best macaroni and cheese, the best meat loaf, the best roast chicken, the best brownie, and nearly 1,000 more best recipes for all of your favorite home-cooked foods. For the past decade, nearly two dozen test cooks and editors have worked together to develop thousands of recipes that millions of cooks have come to rely on. When the original Best Recipe was first published in 1999, this collection won accolades for its landmark approach to food and recipes. Now, with this newly revised and practical cookbook, we offer you the best of the best, an expanded collection (with 500 recipes new to this edition) assembled by the editors of Cook's Illustrated.

Behind this book-and indeed everything we do at America's Test Kitchen-is a shared understanding of how frustrating it can be to spend time planning, shopping, and cooking only to turn out dishes that are mediocre at best. Have you ever been frustrated by piecrust that shrinks down the sides of the pan once baked? Have you ever spent a fortune on prime rib only to have it come out dry and tough? Or baked a cheesecake that emerged from the oven with a crack the size of the San Andreas fault? Most of us don't have the time or inclination to spend hours and hours finding the answers to these and hundreds of other common cooking problems. We want recipes that work the first time and every time, and we want clear instructions. With The New Best Recipe in hand, you will have access to a wealth of practical information that will make you not only a better cook but a more confident one as well. No one likes to make mistakes in the kitchen. That's why we test recipes over and over again (in some cases, more than 50 times)-so you don't have to.

Because good technique is also critical, we have included 800 illustrations that show you the best way to do everything from carving a turkey to beating egg whites properly to frosting a layer cake to setting up your grill. And because the right equipment always makes a difference, you'll find valuable information on how and when to splurge on that expensive knife or baking pan and when the basic model will do just fine. (In our test, for instance, the $4 Baker's Secret loaf pan trumped competitors with prices four times as high.) We also explain the science of cooking (for instance, how brining works to ensure juicy meat and why butter should be added before dairy for the silkiest mashed potatoes) because understanding the science of food can help anyone become a better cook. Complete with recipes ranging from appetizers to desserts, The New Best Recipe promises to be a classic and timeless kitchen companion, one that draws back the curtain on our testing process so you learn firsthand what makes even the simplest recipe the best.

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Table of Contents

Welcome to America's Test Kitchenx
Chapter 1Appetizers1
Chapter 2Soups31
Chapter 3Salads75
Chapter 4Vegetables123
Chapter 5Rice, Grains, and Beans207
Chapter 6Pasta and Noodles235
Chapter 7Poultry303
Chapter 8Beef385
Chapter 9Pork453
Chapter 10Lamb485
Chapter 11Fish and Shellfish497
Chapter 12Stews537
Chapter 13Grilling561
Chapter 14Eggs and Breakfast627
Chapter 15Pizza, Calzones, and Foccacia661
Chapter 16Quick Breads, Muffins, and Biscuits683
Chapter 17Yeast Breads723
Chapter 18Cookies, Brownies, and Bar Cookies767
Chapter 19Cakes823
Chapter 20Pies and Tarts879
Chapter 21Crisps, Cobblers, and Other Fruit Desserts929
Chapter 22Puddings, Custards, Souffles, and Ice Cream951
A Note on Conversion1027

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The New Best Recipe: All-New Edition 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the only cookbook I use. It's well written, entertaining and I know that if I follow the instructions given, my final product will be a success!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is by far the most useful, helpful cookbook i have ever used. I learned to cook just by sitting down with it and reading through the descriptions of the tests they did on each recipe. If I could give it 6 stars I would.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Absolutely the best cookbook ever!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best cookbooks I have ever used. It's truly the 'dictionary' of cooking. Whenever I am not quite sure how I would like to prepare a cut of meat I go right to the Best Recipe and find the very best way. It's easy to use and has good illustrations...I love it! A great gift for any new cook.
Guest More than 1 year ago
We are still using 'The Best Recipe' first edition, and love it. However our son & his new bride have purchased 'The New Best Recipe' and have been immeadiatly sucsessful in all their endeavors. We have all purchased the 'Best Recipe Grilling & Barbeque Cookbook' and this past summer our backyard was the place to be for supper. These books will be enjoyed by people who love to cook and entertain, and want first rate results, the first time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my go-to cookbook for everything. Some other general cookbooks may include more recipes, but the quality and thoroughness of this book's recipes is outstanding. I appreciate that the writers always describe the qualities they're hoping to achieve in each recipe (e.g., extra-chewy chocolate chip cookies). You may want different qualities, but at least you know what you're dealing with.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My job for Thanksgiving was to make everything except the turkey. My sister was using this book to cook the turkey, so I decided to follow instructions for making gravy from it also_ it was the BEST gravy ever. I decided to get it for myself for Christmas :). It explains why the ingredients work and why certain things/steps/ingredients/combinations work. I enjoy knowing the "science" of cooking, so I think it is great. It's great for beginners and experienced cooks alike.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
.Wife says it is everything a cook book could be..outstanding.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My grandmother gave me this cookbook several years ago, and it has become my go-to guide. I have been a terrible cook for years, but by simply reading the explanations and following these recipes I have discovered several wonderful dishes I can make without hurting myself! I would imagine it would be useful even for cooks who know what they're doing, but I can only speak for cooks at my level, and for us, this book is a godsend!
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Cooks Illustrated does a fabulous job of presenting great cooking tips and easy to follow recipes. They have a wonderful variety and all of the recipes that I have tried have been a success - recipes that I want to cook over and over.
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toddlermom More than 1 year ago
I am a person who enjoys cooking, but uses whatever I have on hand, and uses the "it looks about right" measuring method. I wasn't sure I would like this book, but it has really improved my cooking! These recipes are great for mostly easy meals, even with 2 kids. The techniques are what sets this book apart. Learning how to do things the "optimal" way really makes the food stand out, and can easily be applied to other recipes and cooking styles. Nothing in here is too fancy, but rather standard meals done amazingly well. I highly recommend this, even if you've been cooking for years!
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Brutusg1 More than 1 year ago
Great book for the aspiring cook and for veterans. Many different recipes that include the failures and pitfalls of the varied tests tried on every single entry. Includes tips for kitchen equipment and techniques used in the test kitchen. I find myself going back to this book again and again, absolutely no shortage of great food in this one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All-time, my favorite, most treasured cookbook. If I could only have one, it would be "The Best Recipe" I bought the original many years ago, and spending ~$30 on a book was a serious splurge for me. It's definitely been worth every penny. I read, use and reference "The Best Recipe" the most of any of my cookbooks. It has helped me become a better cook and I've enjoyed making many, many recipes from its pages. One of the best and most unique features of this book is the write up (typical of America's Test Kitchens) which explains how the team arrived at the ingredients and methods used in any particular recipe. As a beginning cook, this book helped teach me a number of different techniques and methods. Now with more experience (and the glut of recipes easily available on the internet), I often read "The Best Recipe" first, and then apply their findings to other recipes that I'm trying out. I've given this as a gift to cooks of all experience levels, and it's always greatly appreciated.
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mch341 More than 1 year ago
This book is great, especially if you want to know the absolute best ingredients to use (ie full fat vs. low fat vs. fat free sour cream) and how different ingredients will change the taste and texture of the dish. My only real complaint is that there are not more illustrations, and that it doesn't tell you at the beginning of the recipe how long it will take to prepare and cook.
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This has long been my favorite cookbook for everyday use as well as for gift giving for birthdays, weddings, and bridal showers. It truly has the best recipies for everything from chocolate chip cookies, to beef stew, to apple pie. Very easy to read, follow, and use for a beginning cook or an accomplished home chef. A great book!
kgilbert More than 1 year ago
It is my new favorite cookbook. Every recipe I have tried has been a huge success and i have given several to friends who love to cook!
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