The Most Family-Friendly Recipes from America’s Test Kitchen, All in One Cookbook

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The book: The New Family Cookbook by America’s Test Kitchen

The angle: A brand-new edition (with all new recipes!) of this all-purpose, all-encompassing, all-powerful cookbook.

Recipes for right now: Rosemary and Garlic White Bean Dip, Tangy Apple-Cabbage Slaw, Weeknight Chicken Cacciatore, Skillet Lasagna, Old-Fashioned Stovetop Grits, Multigrain Pancakes, Cream Cheese Brownies

Who would enjoy this book? New cooks, anyone looking for one definitive cookbook for their collection.

Quick Facts

Who wrote it: America’s Test Kitchen

Who published it: America’s Test Kitchen

Number of recipes: 1,100

Other highlights: It’s hard not to speak in exclamation points whenever talking about cookbooks from America’s Test Kitchen. Every one of them is just so incredibly thorough and expertly executed, and this new edition of their Family Cookbook is definitely no exception.

This all-purpose cookbook is a fantastic resource for both new cooks just starting to learn their way around the kitchen and more experienced cooks. It covers pretty much every regional American recipe you can think of, from mac and cheese and chili to drop biscuits and chocolate chip cookies. The editors occasionally branch out into edgier fare, like Asian braised tofu and jerk chicken, but for the most part, the recipes stay fairly mainstream. There are plenty of sidebars on techniques, ingredient profiles, and test kitchen tips to ensure success with every recipe.

If you have a previous edition of this cookbook, I’d recommend checking this new cookbook out from the library to do some comparisons before buying it. Although this one says it includes all new recipes, I felt like the overall content was very similar. I was also surprised to see that the editors cut the chapter on slow cookers and pressure cookers from this new edition — though I suppose you can always supplement with one of the Test Kitchen’s single-subject books on those topics!

Find the book at your local library, independent bookstore, or Amazon: The New Family Cookbook by America’s Test Kitchen

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