Cooks Illustrated - Books
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Tue Feb 01 00:00:00 MST 2011ringbuyer2 Rating:5.0
I love all the Beard cookbooks, but Beard on Bread is my favorite. It's full of recipes, illustrations and hints that make baking bread a delight.
Wed Oct 10 00:00:00 MDT 2007didi77 Rating:5.0
Love this book. Step by step picture illustration is very helpful. If you are serious about making bread definitely get this book
Wed Jan 12 00:00:00 MST 2011amkvc Rating:5.0
This is a great book. While not literally encompassing all possible things one might like to cook, it certainly offers an extensive collection of recipes with nearly endless variations on most. It takes the mystery and perhaps some of the anxiety out of cooking by providing thorough explanations from procedure to choosing ingredients. There are nealy endless illustrations on proper technique and numerous time-saving grids for referencing variations on recipes that are readily modified. As an industry professional, I find it an invaluable resource and HIGHLY recommend it.
Fri Sep 08 00:00:00 MDT 2006novicecook Rating:5.0
I don't have experience cooking and I sure don't know much about cooking technique. I have personally made all the recipes my family has enjoyed from this book with "technical" help from my wife. When my wife has made "new" recipes from other sources, we don't know what the final product will be like. With this book, not only do they tell you what the final product should be like, it most likely will turn out that way. I've watched America's Test Kitchen and thought that I could make some of the recipes they prepared. I like how detailed the nstructions are on the show and the book is even more detailed. I've seen Cook's Illustrated magazine in the book store and this book is similar though slightly condensed (explanations of the testing they did and why the final recipe is the way it is). While they have incredible detail on how and why, they do have to assume you have some rudimentary knowledge of cooking technique. So, when I tried the brownie recipe and it told me to "fold" the flour into the batter, I was clueless - fortunately, my wife supervises. They purposely change their recipe from "classic" recipes to make it more likely the average home kitchen has the tools required along with the ingredients being available at your supermarket. The brownies are incredible - the difference between out of the box brownies and the "classic" brownies is why people make food from scratch. Light and fluffy pancakes came out just the way they describe it...not the dense version I usually generate from packaged mixes (my wife had to give me a lesson on flipping pancakes - that's how inept I am in the kitchen). BBQ spare ribs with the BBQ dry rub - just like the ribs I had at "Smokey Bones" in the Atlanta area (the book tells you how to cook grill recipes for charcoal and gas grills). Cheese Straws drew rave reviews at a party (although not as pretty because my daughter and I couldn't get the twists described in the recipe so we just laid it out flat - the guests didn't care). Fallen chocolate cake (molten lava cake) was better than the local Chili's. Every recipe I've made has come out they way they said it would. As a totally novice cook, if I can get good results, then anyone should be able to do the same. As a novice cook, I do run into problems when timing is important when making a recipe the first time - like frozen dough becoming too warm because I took too long with something else before getting to the dough. They assume the average cook can get something done in X minutes while someone like me takes double the time. Fortunately, from America's Test Kitchen, I knew to just throw the dough back into the freezer when it got too warm. On my wife's advice, I am writing all over the book with my own notes on each recipe I make with any adjustments on spices or time allotments so each recipe will be MY Best Recipes. It's a great book.
Thu Oct 18 00:00:00 MDT 2007bakingdiva Rating:4.0
as always efficient. wonderful recipes, it will be perfect if only there are more illustrations.
Tue Jan 27 00:00:00 MST 2015sueyue Rating:3.0
The recipes are a bit complicated for a book about making scaled down desserts. Although I recognize that baking can be complex, that level of complexity for two seems inordinate. However, there are interesting baked goods to try but I'm not sure how useful it is as a cookbook. Because I am not inclined to make these recipes due to their complexity for two, the cookbook becomes less useful. The downsized baked good versions from ATK's cookbook prompted me to search for other downsized recipes. In addition, there are no pictures of any of the baked goods except for illustration that are decorative rather than informative. If you're an avid baker who enjoys more complex recipes, the recipes are well proportioned for downsized baking instead of just dividing a normal recipes by half, thirds or quarters.
Wed Dec 29 00:00:00 MST 2010shewiththedogs Rating:5.0
My 7 year old son was charmed by this book. The illustrations are very vintage feeling, and remind me of finding a great, old book. The theme is similar to the much brighter "Charlie Cook's Favorite Book", but my little guy really enjoyed that Edward is taken by his imagination when he reads.
Sun Feb 14 00:00:00 MST 2010patru2 Rating:5.0
The Biscotti recipes were clear, easy to follow and illustrated beautifully. I would recommend this book as a delightful present.
Sun Aug 01 00:00:00 MDT 2010methos113 Rating:5.0
Anyone who enjoys the show GOOD EATS will love this book... every recipe from the first 6 seasons is in this one book. Great illustrations and clearly written. Keeps your attention - even if you have ADHD! I've been reading it just for fun! The recipes are easy to modify if you want to give it a flare all of your own but are great just as themselves! I can't wait for the next book to come out!
Sun Jan 13 00:00:00 MST 2008mommyinca Rating:5.0
My husband and I love sushi and loved the thought of familiarizing our baby girl with it through this charming beautifully illustrated book. She loves it and so will you!
Tue Jan 08 00:00:00 MST 2008foamprincess Rating:5.0
I purchased this cookbook for my nephew and he was thrilled. It has a lot of interesting recipes along with some entertaining stories. I enjoy cooking and there were a lot of ideas I had not thought of...yet! Not really for young ones due to the illustrations and overall theme/attitude. Overall, a big hit for a gift!
Thu Jan 08 00:00:00 MST 200960chick Rating:5.0
Brian LIes weaves a wonderful tale of bat families and friends spending an after dark adventure in the Library. The illustrations and text are a delight. I was first introduced to "Bats at the Beach" by a teacher friend and when we read the book together we couldn't help but laugh outloud. Bats at the Library is as charming as Bats at the Beach. Children love these stories and adults are equally entertained with their reading. I highly recommend both stories for your child's library.
Tue Jan 01 00:00:00 MST 2008matnbrock Rating:5.0
The illustration in the book are beautiful! Great recipes! Easy to read and follow! Recommend this book!
Sat Aug 27 00:00:00 MDT 2011nikbattaglia Rating:5.0
BEAUTIFUL book, illustrations, very inspiring words to go out and make your own rustic bread. measurements are a bit annoying to get used to, i only wish there were some kind of easy conversion included in the book :P overall, i LOVE this book. i can't ever decide whether to keep it in my kitchen or as a piece for the coffee table.
Thu Oct 02 00:00:00 MDT 2008Rating:5.0
Lidia's genuine warmth and love of cooking shines through on every page of this beautiful book. Not only does she provide information about the region where each particular dish originates, but she goes out of her way to help you enjoy the preparation and serving of the dish to friends and family. She also gives the reader encouragement and freedom to make substitutions where needed for ingredients that may not be available. The history of different regions that is provided in each chapter also makes for good reading. The well-written recipes, the illustrations, the beautiful scenery, and the wonderful people that Lidia has spotlighted in her book are all truly inspiring. It really is like having a friend over.
Mon Apr 20 00:00:00 MDT 2009longhorn82 Rating:4.0
This book gives good information on how to cook pizza and your options to do it. The recipes I've tried so far have been excellent. I went from having never made a homemade pizza to cooking pizzas I'd put up against restaurant pizzas in less than a month. My only complaint about the book is that more illustrations would be nice. My first attempt to cook a pizza was a total disaster and I think I could have avoided that had there been more illustrations. That said, by the third attempt I was cooking outstanding pizzas. I look forward to trying more of the recipes and making pizzas for my friends. This is already one of my favorite cookbooks.
Fri Dec 26 00:00:00 MST 2014leslie1234 Rating:5.0
Lovely gift for the barbecuer on your list. Big, hefty reference book loaded with tips and tricks of the trade.
Mon Apr 05 00:00:00 MDT 2010bigunn Rating:3.0
I thought this book would be more complete with flower illustrations. It wasn't. Save your money and buy a book with illustrations and descriptions of what flowers are truly edible.
Fri Dec 21 00:00:00 MST 2007kathd Rating:5.0
What a gorgeous cookbook! I bought this for my mom for Christmas and she is going to flip when she sees it. It is beautifully illustrated, has wonderful everday and special occasion recipes, and is a great gift for any woman on your list. Would be a perfect wedding gift as well!
Tue Mar 11 00:00:00 MDT 2014natltopmom Rating:5.0
This beautifully illustrated book has traditional baked treats that transform the kitchen into a Scandanavian memory. A MUST for holiday baking. What a great addition to my cookbook collection
Sun Jul 19 00:00:00 MDT 2009myym Rating:4.0
i bought this book to share with my mom for mother's day. she loves to cook. great story, beautiful illustrations. I recommend this book for any child library, even the adult child :)
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