by America’s Test Kitchen
Awesome cookbook for down-home recipes, plus a lot more
I subscribed to Cook’s Illustrated for years and was never disappointed. When a friend kept raving about Cook’s Country, their cookbook, and their recipes (and raved and raved and raved – every recipe they had tried was fantastic), I decided I needed to try the 10th edition – awesome, yeah! And then, I saw the one with 12 seasons! I admit, I handed off my 10th to my sister-of-the-heart and grabbed the 12th. I’m kinda picky about cookbooks, so I looked through it carefully when it showed up. While I wish it were a hardback, the paper is a good quality, the binding seems sturdy, and I think it will hold up for quite a while, as my older one was definitely hanging in there.
There are plenty of full-color pictures of finished dishes – which I absolutely love and feel is required to help with the preparation and presentation of the various dishes, details of instructions, etc. The font is small but still easy to read, and the layout has a nice amount of white space to make it easy to glance through a recipe as you are cooking it. There are sections on equivalents, shopping for kitchen gear and appliances, ingredients, and explanations/short descriptions for all. Based on the level of instructions, this is a very easy cookbook for beginner or novice readers to follow.
What’s best about this cookbook for many of us is that the recipes are for dishes that we grew up with, cooked by our parents and grandparents. They’re refined and tested for the modern kitchen with cooking tips and explanations for why the recipe was tweaked. This is a great cookbook full of regional comfort foods and down-home cooking. So many dishes that my family never had “recipes” for as Grandma just cooked so many things without reading a recipe and never writing anything down. It was the dishes she cooked the most that didn’t make it into her recipe box. Here they are, ready for my family now.
Sections include: As Good as Grandma’s, Fork-in-the-Road Favorites, Steakhouse Specials, Our Sunday Best, Tex-Mex Favorites, Everybody Loves Italian, The State of Grilling, Rise-and-Shine Breakfast and Breads, Great American Cakes and Cookies, Old-Fashioned Fruit Desserts and Puddings, and Save Room for Pie. Additional sections include: Shopping for Equipment, Stocking Your Pantry, Episode Directory, and Conversions and Equivalents.
Overall, an awesome cookbook to add to anyone’s collections, foodies included.
Not your average best-of-American-home-cooking cookbook. A new season of great recipes from the hit TV show Cook’s Country.
Take a recipe road trip across America with Cook’s Country at the wheel and cook along with the TV show. Discover recipes that are foolproof recreations of classic and regional favorites–from small towns to big cities. Season 12 recipes include American classics like Cast Iron Baked Chicken and Grilled Bacon Burgers with Caramelized Onion as well as newly re-created recipes for Monroe County-Style Pork Chops and Drop Meatballs. And revel in 3 chapters of desserts, including Gooey Butter Cake Bars and Blueberry Jam Cake.
In addition to more than 450 recipes for great American food, you’ll get information on the origins and inspiration behind many of the dishes. A comprehensive shopping guide lists all of the winning products featured on the TV show.