The ultimate recipe resource: an indispensable treasury of more than 2,000 foolproof recipes and 150 test kitchen discoveries from the pages of Cook’s Illustrated magazine.
There’s a lot to know about cooking, more than may also be learned in a lifetime, and for the last 20 years we have been eager to share our discoveries with you, our friends and readers. The Cook’s Illustrated Cookbook represents the fruit of that labor. It contains 2,000 recipes, representing almost our entire repertoire.
Looking back over this work as we edited this volume, we were reminded of a few of our greatest hits, from Foolproof Pie Dough (we add vodka for an easy-to-roll-out but flaky crust), innumerable recipes based on brining and salting meats (our Brined Thanksgiving Turkey in 1993 launched a nationwide trend), Slow-Roasted Beef(we salt a roast a day in advance and then use a very low oven to promote a tender, juicy result), Poached Salmon (a very shallow poaching liquid steams the fish instead of simmering it in water and robbing it of flavor), and the Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies (we brown the butter for better flavor).
Our editors handpicked more than 2,000 recipes from the pages of the magazine to form this wide-ranging compendium of our greatest hits. More than just a great collection of foolproof recipes, The Cook’s Illustrated Cookbook could also be an authoritative cooking reference with clear hand-drawn illustrations for preparing the very best omelet, carving a turkey, removing meat from lobsters, frosting a layer cake, shaping sandwich bread, and more. 150 test kitchen tips all over the book solve real home-cooking problems such as how to revive tired herbs, why you should not buy trimmed leeks, what you want to know about freezing and thawing chicken, when to rinse rice, and the most productive method for seasoning cast-iron (you’ll even run it through the dishwasher). An essential collection for fans of Cook’s Illustrated (and any discerning cook), The Cook’s Illustrated Cookbook will keep you cooking for a lifetime – and guarantees impeccable results.