Review by Publisher's Weekly Review
Built around lists, this cookbook is designed to give the chef the quickest and easiest cooking experience. Alongside lists such as "the top 5 recipes to make with kids" and "the top 5 recipes to make for the holidays," there are plenty of helpful hints and tricks that can be used to make thousands more recipes. American basics include macaroni and cheese, barbecued pulled chicken, and creamy cauliflower soup. For a global flavor, the editors include Peruvian roast chicken; Vietnamese beef pho; and Indian curry with potatoes, cauliflower, peas, and chickpeas. While the book's selling point is its simplicity, that is also its downfall. This is a great starter cookbook for someone who's new to cooking and understanding food, but for the America's Test Kitchen core audience of dedicated amateur chefs, it's mostly a recap of familiar information on food, flavor, and the techniques necessary to wed the two. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Review by Library Journal Review
This new collection from the editors at America's Test Kitchen (The Make-Ahead Cook) aims to help readers master three categories of essential recipes selected for utility, inventiveness, and diversity. No-nonsense cooks who want a manageable selection of everyday and special occasion dishes can turn to this book for scrambled eggs, roast chicken, enchiladas, ham, holiday cookies, and more. As the editors point out, searching the Internet for these types of recipes can overwhelm and yield disappointing results. By supplying a limited, foolproof selection, they hope to make cooking for family and friends less stressful and increasingly pleasurable. VERDICT This title would serve as an excellent gift for college students, young professionals, newlyweds, and anyone who's learning to cook. It's also a nice complement to Kristen Miglore's Food52 Genius Recipes. Libraries should evaluate their existing holdings when selecting, as America's Test Kitchen titles can have recipe overlap. © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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