Friday, December 3, 2010

Review: The America's Test
Kitchen Family Cookbook

The America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook has a reassuring look about it, as if all the cooking advice contained within will be as sound as if Grandma herself was passing it on to you.
   This is a good all-around general cookery book. Want to make brownies? There’s a recipe for brownies. Mac and cheese? Check. Need some advice on how to grill a steak? It’s there. Want to make gravy without pan drippings? There’s one that uses soup broth instead.
   Recipes for common family-friendly food abound, such as grilled cheese sandwiches, sloppy joes, hamburgers, chicken noodle soup, spaghetti and meatballs, chicken fingers, meatloaf, beef stroganoff and chili.
   Some pages contain several different varieties of a popular food item. Potato salad, for example, is represented with recipes for American, German and French versions.
   There are chapters for appetizers, salads, sandwiches, soups and stews, vegetables, rice, grains and beans, pasta, eggs and breakfast, fish and shellfish, poultry, meat, grilling, slow cooker and pressure cooker, bread and pizza, quick breads, cookies, cakes, pies and tarts, fruit desserts, pudding and custards, frozen desserts, sauces and condiments and light recipes.
   Because the cookbook is from America’s Test Kitchen, there’s a very good chance that many of the recipes have reliable methods that will yield delicious results.
   Recipes that take less than 30 minutes to make are labelled “fast” – great help when you are looking for a speedy weeknight meal.
   I’ve written about Banana BreadCreamy Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese and Curried Singapore Noodles on Recipes That Worked, all of which are contained in the ATK Family Cookbook.
   There are others I'd like to try. Ones that are catching my eye include:
- Creamy Polenta with Butter and Parmesan
- Pan-Seared Scallops with Lemon, Shallots and Capers, or Orange and Thyme
- Weeknight Skillet Fajitas
- Cream Scones with Currants
- Ultimate Fudgy Brownies
- Hot Fudge Pudding Cake

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