The America's Test Kitchen Menu Cookbook

Editors at America's Test Kitchen, Editor
Editors at America's Test Kitchen. America's Test Kitchen, $35 (352p) ISBN 9781933615905
Reviewed on: 11/28/2011
Release date: 10/01/2011
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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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