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America’s PBS TV channel has offered America’s Test Kitchen to its US
viewers for decades. Now we can find PBS in the UK and it’s well worth
investigating its programme schedule, to discover America’s Test
Kitchen for yourself.
The Best of America’s Test Kitchen 2013 is the paper representation of
the programmes and your very practical companion
year’s best recipes, equipment reviews
and much more. There honestly is a test kitchen, and those recipes have
truly been put through their paces, so the reader can be confident that
they will work.
This is a book for those who not only want to cook better but also want
to know why recipes work. The dishes listed are simple to prepare but
you will learn why ingredients make good partners, as well as tips on
cooking methods. There are lots of step-by-step pictures to aid the
I am particularly impressed by the traditional American recipes.
Country-fried Pork with Gravy is found on many a diner menu and is
simple comfort food. The crust is the star here and it’s rather
different from the usual breading that one finds on regular pork chops.
For those with a sweet tooth there are plenty of recipes to tempt one
away from that New Year’s Resolution diet. Peanut Butter Sandwich
Cookies have the eponymous ingredient in both cookie and filling. The
biscuits (cookies) are good enough to eat un-garnished but that filling
is a delight and far too good for the kids.
The kitchen gadget review section is particularly interesting. There
are products here that you might not find in the UK but those items
recommended have a description of their important features and you can
use these specs to find similar European pots, knives, cutting boards,
oven mitts, etc. This is a handy book as reference when selecting
kitchen-related wedding gifts.
The Best of America’s Test Kitchen 2013 is an encyclopaedia of food
advice and all things appertaining to the kitchen. It’s a noble
addition to any cookbook collection but it’s a book truly to use and
from which to cook.
The Best of America’s Test Kitchen 2013
Published by: Boston Common Press