The America's Test Kitchen Menu Cookbook

The America's Test Kitchen Menu Cookbook

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Takes all the guesswork out of putting together flavorful and practical menus

When you're entertaining, there's no room for failure--you want your food to deliver on taste and presentation--yet you want the recipes to be approachable enough so that you can enjoy the party, too. Menu planning is hard even for very experienced cooks, but with The…  See more details below


Takes all the guesswork out of putting together flavorful and practical menus

When you're entertaining, there's no room for failure--you want your food to deliver on taste and presentation--yet you want the recipes to be approachable enough so that you can enjoy the party, too. Menu planning is hard even for very experienced cooks, but with The America's Test Kitchen Menu Cookbook, we have taken the guesswork out of entertaining. The recipes are built and tested so that they complement each other, and all the logistics have been sorted out. You don't need to worry about oven space or temperature issues--we've done all that for you. And to keep the process stress-free, make-ahead instructions are built into individual recipes as well as each menu's game plan. Want to host a fall dinner party but don't want to get up at the crack of dawn? Try our Rustic Fall Pork Dinner. Simple ham and cheese palmiers made with puff pastry are a sure-to-impress starter, while the main course is an easy but elegant entree and side combo you can make on a sheet pan: roast pork loin with sweet potatoes and cilantro sauce. Tired of stressing out over Thanksgiving? Follow our timelines from start to finish and you'll be sipping a glass of wine along with your guests while the bird roasts. Want to bring the party outdoors? Try our Beat-the-Heat Grilled Shrimp Dinner or Dinner from the Garden. And themed menus like our Tapas Party, Pizza Night, Mexican Fiesta, and more are both fun and manageable. Stumped by appetizers but tired of serving crackers and cheese? You'll find plenty of options here, like our Simple Caramelized Onion Tart with Fig Jam, Blue Cheese, and Prosciutto (store bought pizza dough makes this a snap). Or try our contemporary take on smoked salmon canapes that features an easy creme fraiche dip, potato chips, and sliced smoked salmon. Organized around the seasons with menus that serve eight, plus a special holiday and for-a-crowd chapter, this volume is packed with tips that will help you shop and budget your time, this book is a must-have for anyone who likes to entertain.

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Editorial Reviews

Everyday home cooking is one thing; dinner parties and holiday get-togethers quite another. Planning and logistics are complicated. Unless your spouse is a master chef and you have infinite kitchen space, you have to think through everything to avoid a personal meltdown. America's Test Kitchen Menu Cookbook dissolves the stress of preparation by focusing on every element of the occasion; from the overall themed menus to individual recipes for appetizers, main courses, sides, desserts, and drinks; make-ahead instructions; tips about shopping and supplies; time budgeting and temperature issues; and more. The best way we know to make you part of the party.

Publishers Weekly
The editors at America's Test Kitchen give fellow perfectionists a menu for nearly every week of the year (51 are included here) in this thematically-grouped collection of meals. Those accustomed to ATK's in-depth instructions will be able to navigate the 250 recipes with relative ease. However, those used to skimming an ingredient list and firing up the oven will likely be surprised, as many of these seemingly straightforward recipes require extra preparation. Patient adherence to the clear, pointed instructions will be rewarded and those questioning the need for extra tools or time will appreciate the additional tips that accompany each recipe to ensure proper execution. As usual, the dishes themselves are unassailable and themed menus for vegetarian, Italian, and French meals that will enable hosts to turn out full courses with complimentary flavors (rough timelines are included for each menu). Salient tips on advanced techniques, last-minute recipes, and ingredient substitutions should inspire confidence and soothe fears of even the greenest chef-to-be. (Oct.)

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This book has been tested, written, and edited by the test cooks, editors, food scientists, tasters, and cookware specialists at America’s Test Kitchen, a 2,500-square-foot kitchen located just outside Boston. It is the home of Cook’s Illustrated magazine and Cook’s Country magazine, the public television cooking shows America’s Test Kitchen and Cook’s Country from America’s Test Kitchen, America’s Test Kitchen Radio, and the online America’s Test Kitchen Cooking School.

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The America's Test Kitchen Menu Cookbook : Your Guide to Hosting Stress-free Dinner Parties and Holiday Feasts 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yet another great addition to the Test Kitchen library of wonderful full menu ideas for entertaining.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago