Thursday, June 19, 2008

Review: The Best of America's Test Kitchen 2008

I trust the good folks behind Cook's Illustrated more than any other authority when it comes to cooking and baking. This book offers the best of a year of extensive recipe testing, revamping, and publishing from all the America's Test Kitchen publications, including Cook's Illustrated and Cook's Country magazines, not to mention the various other assorted volumes published throughout the year.

Well, I have spent the past few hours perusing this extensive cookbook, and I already have so many ideas on things to make. This book, in the spirit of America's Test Kitchen, explains the science behind ingredients, methods, and unusual-sounding ideas. As an avid baker, I know that I will soon be making the Chocolate Blackout Cake, Lemon Layer Cake, and Big and Chewy Low-Fat Chocolate Chip Cookies (a lower-fat version of the CI chewy chocolate chip cookies published recently). This book is well worth the money, and if you want a great variety of recipes and techniques, all of which are quite solid, then this cookbook is the one to get!

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