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America's Test Kitchen cookbooks .... favorites?

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Got an email that there's a clearance sale (I seem to get an email from them re: a book sale at least once a week)...

Are the books any good? Anyone have a favorite book by them?

I generally like the TV show and love Cook's Illustrated magazine (Not too fond of the Cook's Country host though!)

Thanks.

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  1. I use The Complete Book of Pasta and Noodles occasionally. I think it's great if you have a pasta maker, but they also have recipes using ready-made noodles. I liek the way they explain how they decided on the recipe and the experimenting behind it. It's the only Cook's Illustrated book I have, but I'd imagine the other topics would be formatted similarly.

    1. Theirs are my go-to cookbooks; I trust that their over-the-top recipe testing really pays off.

      I have (and use a lot, not a bad recipe yet): The Cook's Country Cookbook, The Complete America's Test Kitchen TV Show Cookbook, The America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook, and The America's Test Kitchen Family Baking Book, and they're all great.

      Their books, magazines, and TV shows are really my top sources for cooking info, right up there with Mark Bittman, Alton Brown, and Harold McGee. I would say of these, The Complete America's Test Kitchen TV Show Cookbook is my fav.

      PS, the Cook's Country host is Christopher Kimball, the head honcho as it were of the whole company. I guess I can see how his personality could be an acquired taste, but I find him to be (probably unintentionally) amusing and as a fellow New-Englander I relate to all his Vermont-centric-ness (that's a word right? :)