The Perfect Recipe: Getting It Right Every Time, Making Our Favorite Dishes the Absolute Best They Can Be

Pam Anderson, Author, Judith D. Love, Illustrator
Pam Anderson, Author, Judith D. Love, Illustrator Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) $27 (372p) ISBN 978-0-395-89403-3
Reviewed on: 06/01/1998
Release date: 06/01/1998
Paperback - 256 pages - 978-0-7868-6150-7
Hardcover - 380 pages - 978-0-618-13269-0
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Anderson, executive editor of Cook's Illustrated, follows in the footsteps of Christopher Kimball, CI's editor/publisher and author of The Cook's Bible, and Shirley O. Corriher, author of 1997 James Beard Award-winning CookWise. All detail their efforts through trial and error to find the best way to prepare specific recipes and rightfully claim considerable authority. Anderson's quest began as a personal mission to find the best way to cook ""dishes I prepared frequently."" Starting with 34 recipes for favorite American foods, from chicken soup and meat loaf to potato salad and strawberry shortcake, she recounts her attempts at perfection and then offers her tested variations of some 150 recipes. She is generous in paying credit to cooks from whom she learned--e.g., Corriher, Edna Lewis, Betty Fussell--and imparts valuable tips along with her own conclusions. Low-fat yogurt used as a moistener adds a nice tang to Meat Loaf. Brining brings out the best in Oven-Roasted Turkey with Giblet Pan Sauce. To achieve lush, large Muffins that rise right and overhang their cups, triple the recipe. For a non-weeping Lemon Meringue Pie, reheat the filling before piling on the beaten egg whites. While covering territory mapped by others, Anderson offers distinctive guidelines on her route to reliable, speedy kitchen success. Line drawings by Judy Love. BOMC Good Cook selection; author tour. (July)
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