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New in our bestselling ringbound series, a definitive collection of 750 fast and flavorful recipes. Every one--from appetizers to desserts--can be made start to finish in 45 minutes or less (though many clock in at 25 minutes). Full of new and inventive features, like putting x to work (where we show you 5 distinctive ways to use things like pizza dough, tortellini, peanut New in our bestselling ringbound series, a definitive collection of 750 fast and flavorful recipes. Every one--from appetizers to desserts--can be made start to finish in 45 minutes or less (though many clock in at 25 minutes). Full of new and inventive features, like putting x to work (where we show you 5 distinctive ways to use things like pizza dough, tortellini, peanut butter, cream cheese, etc.), the ATK Quick Family Cookbook is the perfect way to get great, reliable, and flavorful food on the table in this time-crunched world. We also teach you how to think about and organize your pantry, tell you what equipment you need in a quick kitchen, and introduce you to our top shortcut ingredients. As well, we offer a feature called Knife School that will make you a more efficient cook and provide you with a supermarket guide and other core information.


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New in our bestselling ringbound series, a definitive collection of 750 fast and flavorful recipes. Every one--from appetizers to desserts--can be made start to finish in 45 minutes or less (though many clock in at 25 minutes). Full of new and inventive features, like putting x to work (where we show you 5 distinctive ways to use things like pizza dough, tortellini, peanut New in our bestselling ringbound series, a definitive collection of 750 fast and flavorful recipes. Every one--from appetizers to desserts--can be made start to finish in 45 minutes or less (though many clock in at 25 minutes). Full of new and inventive features, like putting x to work (where we show you 5 distinctive ways to use things like pizza dough, tortellini, peanut butter, cream cheese, etc.), the ATK Quick Family Cookbook is the perfect way to get great, reliable, and flavorful food on the table in this time-crunched world. We also teach you how to think about and organize your pantry, tell you what equipment you need in a quick kitchen, and introduce you to our top shortcut ingredients. As well, we offer a feature called Knife School that will make you a more efficient cook and provide you with a supermarket guide and other core information.

30 review for America's Test Kitchen Quick Family Cookbook

  1. 4 out of 5

    Victoria Drob

    Another gem with the excellent standards I've come to expect from Cooks Illustrated's America's Test Kitchen. I've lost count of how many of their cookbooks I own, and just when I think I've tried them all, they keep churning out more unique, inspired, and fool-proof recipes and ideas. For a cookbook that markets itself as time-saving, I was certain that less time spent cooking necessarily means less interesting dishes produced, which was fine for my weeknight family dinners. But this couldn't b Another gem with the excellent standards I've come to expect from Cooks Illustrated's America's Test Kitchen. I've lost count of how many of their cookbooks I own, and just when I think I've tried them all, they keep churning out more unique, inspired, and fool-proof recipes and ideas. For a cookbook that markets itself as time-saving, I was certain that less time spent cooking necessarily means less interesting dishes produced, which was fine for my weeknight family dinners. But this couldn't be farther from the truth! I've used several recipes here to impress the family and guests alike. Honestly, it's almost too good to be true to be able to prepare delicious and original dishes in no time at all. Each recipe estimate the amount of time required to prepare each dish from start to finish. Recipes that can be done in 25 minutes or less are labeled "Super Fast" so you can easily find them. As an added and unexpected bonus, there's an entire section called "eggs for dinner," an exciting concept for our egg-loving family. And of course, all this is mixed with taste and equipment testing that I've come to rely on when stocking my kitchen.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Virginia Campbell

    I believe that the kitchen is the heart of the home, serving love and offering nurturing along with food. However, today's cooks are often pressed for time and stressed over how to serve good, quick meals to please everyone in the family. "The America's Test Kitchen Quick Family Cookbook" is a valuable resource--packed with hundreds of recipes, cooking tips, product recommendations, and colorful food photos. The first chapter, "Getting Started", offers helpful insights into time-saving technique I believe that the kitchen is the heart of the home, serving love and offering nurturing along with food. However, today's cooks are often pressed for time and stressed over how to serve good, quick meals to please everyone in the family. "The America's Test Kitchen Quick Family Cookbook" is a valuable resource--packed with hundreds of recipes, cooking tips, product recommendations, and colorful food photos. The first chapter, "Getting Started", offers helpful insights into time-saving techniques and kitchen equipment essentials. The final chapter, "The Quick Pantry", provides really helpful information regarding canned foods, convenience foods, fresh foods, and "Test Kitchen Favorites". In-between the first and last chapter, you will find over 700 recipes, including feature pages which offer five super-quick uses for common food products like peanut butter, canned tomatoes, and frozen vegetables. I really like the way the chapters are categorized--groupings like "Salad for Supper", "Eggs for Dinner", "Simple Sides", and "Casserole Favorites" suit me just fine. There is also a chapter for "Vegetarian Mains", and one that is "Kid Friendly". Other chapters cover cooking basics like seafoods, meats, desserts, and more. The recipes are varied and user-friendly both in the cooking techinques and required ingredients. Here's a sampling of recipes which sound delicious and look fabulous: "Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus"; "Lemony Chicken and Rice Soup"; "Asian Spinach and Shrimp Salad with Orange-Sesame Dressing"; "Steak Hoagies with Mushrooms, Onions, and Peppers"; "Rustic Farmhouse Chicken Casserole"; "BLT Pasta"; "Turkey Cutlets with Cranberries and Red Wine"; "Sirloin Steaks with Horseradish Mashed Potatoes"; "Honey-Lime Glazed Salmon"; "Skillet Rice and Beans with Corn and Fresh Tomatoes"; "Grilled Tuna Steaks with Bok Choy Slaw"; "Family-Size Omelet with Tomato, Bacon, and Garlic"; "Pressure-Cooker Hearty Beef Stew"; "Crispy Cornflake Pork Chops"; "Creamy Orzo with Peas and Parmesan"; "Simple Cream Scones"; "Goody Goody Bars"; and "Rustic Peach-Ginger Tart". Yes--this is a big book! It does not include the nutritional breakdown for the recipes, which would have almost doubled the size of the book. Use common sense when including "convenience" foods in your cooking, and keep in mind the fat, salt, and sugar content of the product. Food is meant to be a pleasure, not just a necessity, and cooking should be as enjoyable as possible. Meals prepared under duress are hard to digest. Take advantage of the expertise and time investment of America's Test Kitchen and make the most of this "Quick Family Cookbook". Review Copy Gratis Amazon Vine

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kitten Kisser

    I would have rated this 5 stars if I was able to utilize more of the recipes contained in the book. I don't cook out of a box, or a can, or with pre-made dough etc. I make everything from scratch. Sometimes I can figure out a substitute if a recipe calls for certain items, in other situations it is not possible making the recipe useless to me. Thankfully not all the recipes are "out of a box" & it is those that I can use. The rating would have also been improved if there wasn't so much promoting I would have rated this 5 stars if I was able to utilize more of the recipes contained in the book. I don't cook out of a box, or a can, or with pre-made dough etc. I make everything from scratch. Sometimes I can figure out a substitute if a recipe calls for certain items, in other situations it is not possible making the recipe useless to me. Thankfully not all the recipes are "out of a box" & it is those that I can use. The rating would have also been improved if there wasn't so much promoting aka plugging of various brands of foods. I don't agree that the brands they pick are the best for the job & I strongly suggest you chose what you think is best & I really really hope you chose organic. The books redeeming factor is that out of all of the recipes I've made every single one has turned out amazing! I cannot say that of any other cookbook. Due to not being able to use this book as often as I'd hoped I haven't tried a lot of the recipes but the ones I have tried & can vouch for as delish are: Chicken Pomodoro - Soooo good. This is to die for! Quick Cream Biscuits - Wow! I didn't want to stop eating these. Light fluffy & delicious! Spinach Smoothie - Tasty enough. Nice to have in the Summer. Simple Cream Scones - I have tried so many scone recipes to have them all turn out awful. These were the best scones I have ever had! I used to not like spiral bound cook books until I got the Taste of Home baking cook book. After that I have learned to love the convenience of the spiral bound book. I simply remove the recipe I want & don't have to worry about figuring out how to fit the entire book on my tiny kitchen counter. Note: The Taste of Home baking cookbook gets used more than any other cookbook in my home. Not all the recipes are winners, but for the most part I can always find something new to try. I absolutely love the book! When the America's Test Kitchen arrived all the tabs were at the very back of the book. I had to put the tabs in their proper place myself. I found this odd & annoying. I do however love all the awesome cooking tips & the explanation of various kitchen tools. I know what most of them are, for those that I didn't, now I do! Proper knife handling & usage plus the types of knives you should have are discussed. Cutting techniques, food prep & a whole lot more. Overall I think the average home will find the cookbook worth having not only for the huge amount of recipes but for all the helpful tips & advice, making one a more knowledgeable & efficient cook.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sally Hanan

    I love most of the results from cooking with America's Test Kitchen books, and my 4/5 stars for this one keep up with that, but: 1. Not all the recipes take under 45 minutes to prepare, as implied (although most of them do). 2. Not all recipes ask you to bake from scratch, which means you have to go out to buy the packet mix/otherwise needed in the recipe, like a tube of refrigerator biscuits for the Easy Cheesy Hot Pockets or a packet of meatloaf mix for the Easy Ravioli. And those are my only neg I love most of the results from cooking with America's Test Kitchen books, and my 4/5 stars for this one keep up with that, but: 1. Not all the recipes take under 45 minutes to prepare, as implied (although most of them do). 2. Not all recipes ask you to bake from scratch, which means you have to go out to buy the packet mix/otherwise needed in the recipe, like a tube of refrigerator biscuits for the Easy Cheesy Hot Pockets or a packet of meatloaf mix for the Easy Ravioli. And those are my only negative comments. The recipes come in an excellently organized spiral binder with plenty of photos. ATK has even used the insides of the cover to print last-minute sides and cooking and measuring tips. Christopher Kimball has a letter in the preface which reads as if you're sitting in his kitchen with him sipping hot cocoa--heartwarming stuff--followed by a few pages of recommended purchases and tips on preparing food. As with all the ATK books, one of the main goals is to give you, the cook, as much knowledge as possible. An additional boost, which I didn't see in the last book, is the many one-page lists throughout with photos and extra-quick recipes. I've made a few of the meals so far, and most of them have been heretofore untried Thai foods. Who knew it was so easy, and it's a great compromise for family meals because I'm not a big curry fan while other family members still want a little oomph in the meal. The vegetarian section is better than usual for a standard cookbook because it doesn't take meaty dishes and try to substitute tofu in everything--there are recipes for strudel and and stuffed vegetables, tostadas and ragu in the mix. There were a few pleasant surprises in the cooking methods. Who knew that blending white bread into soup could make it creamy, or that the Sloppy Joes that made me think of the grossness of Roseanne's loose meat sandwiches could be so tasty? Everything is clear, easy to follow, and reasons are given for some of the unusual cooking methods (for the stubborn). Overall, this is a very handy and educational recipe book and I recommend buying it.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    This cookbook is one of the finest I've ever seen. With easy-to-follow recipes, well-documented by photographs, and excellent time-saving suggestions and variations, it is sure to be a staple in our kitchen. Those who watch "America's Test Kitchen" on PBS will be familiar with some of the concepts (like tastings of various ingredients and so on) that lead to recommendations found within the book. I especially appreciate the explanations of what led to certain decisions on "most favorable" rating This cookbook is one of the finest I've ever seen. With easy-to-follow recipes, well-documented by photographs, and excellent time-saving suggestions and variations, it is sure to be a staple in our kitchen. Those who watch "America's Test Kitchen" on PBS will be familiar with some of the concepts (like tastings of various ingredients and so on) that lead to recommendations found within the book. I especially appreciate the explanations of what led to certain decisions on "most favorable" ratings. The variations on each recipe are great as well (e.g., making chili with hominy instead of pinto beans, which renders it safe for many people who suffer gout and still allows it to be vegetarian). A particularly useful part of the book is the "quick pantry" section, which makes recommendations for ingredients to keep on-hand (e.g., stewed tomatoes, gardiniera, etc.) that can make preparation for some recipes quite a bit quicker. Highly recommended for busy people who want to do more home cooking (no recipe requires more than 45 minutes, including prep), and cooks both novice and experienced.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Taryn

    I love America's Test Kitchen. I'm a measurer when I cook, so I love love love detailed explanations. If I decide to improve while cooking or baking, I like to know I'm deviating from a well-thought-out standard. I wish I liked this cookbook more than I do. I wish I had more time from the library with it. But I haven't found much that I really want to make from it. Because it's "quick," they've used a lot of premade ingredients, which happen to be the things I don't buy. I'll try the regular ATK I love America's Test Kitchen. I'm a measurer when I cook, so I love love love detailed explanations. If I decide to improve while cooking or baking, I like to know I'm deviating from a well-thought-out standard. I wish I liked this cookbook more than I do. I wish I had more time from the library with it. But I haven't found much that I really want to make from it. Because it's "quick," they've used a lot of premade ingredients, which happen to be the things I don't buy. I'll try the regular ATK Family cookbook next. I'm glad I borrowed this from the library first instead of buying it.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Normally I love anything put out by America's Test Kitchen, but I've tried a number of recipes from this cookbook and so far none were tasty enough to make me want to make them again. Not only that, the recipes took longer to make than I would have expected from a cookbook that claims to offer "quick" recipes. That said, I own and love America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook and highly recommend it for everyday cooking. Normally I love anything put out by America's Test Kitchen, but I've tried a number of recipes from this cookbook and so far none were tasty enough to make me want to make them again. Not only that, the recipes took longer to make than I would have expected from a cookbook that claims to offer "quick" recipes. That said, I own and love America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook and highly recommend it for everyday cooking.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    i have just sticky-noted this book to death, everything looks delicious, fast and easy to make. It looks like most of the recipes use common ingredients, nothing you would have to make a special trip out to the store for. As a busy grad student that love to cook but never has the time, this is a perfect compromise. Good food with some time saving cheats, but without sacrificing the taste. I can't wait to make everything! i have just sticky-noted this book to death, everything looks delicious, fast and easy to make. It looks like most of the recipes use common ingredients, nothing you would have to make a special trip out to the store for. As a busy grad student that love to cook but never has the time, this is a perfect compromise. Good food with some time saving cheats, but without sacrificing the taste. I can't wait to make everything!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tracy

    In comparison to my favorite America's Test Kitchen cookbook, these recipes didn't offer improvements for me. Many times they were less healthy, and they also didn't take much less time. I'll stick with the original. In comparison to my favorite America's Test Kitchen cookbook, these recipes didn't offer improvements for me. Many times they were less healthy, and they also didn't take much less time. I'll stick with the original.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Aimee

    By far one of the best cookbooks I have seen in awhile. Lots of great tips including tool and brand recommendations. Checked this out from the library but pretty sure I will be buying it among with others from this line. Thanks Jen for the recommendation!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Allison Taylor

    This is the best cookbook ever - used several recipes for the first time with guests to great success - easy to follow, and easy - highly recommend if you are looking for some new, easy meals to add to your regular dining rotations. Tomorrow night, the spanish tapas salad is on the menu!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Great cookbook! A must buy!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

    As always, I love the America's Test Kitchen Cookbooks. As always, I love the America's Test Kitchen Cookbooks.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Annmarie Wise

    This one belongs in your collection.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Annie Bjustrom

    The cookbook I have been looking for! Simple and delicious recipes with great tips and shortcuts. If you are meal planning for a family, get this book!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    Excellent as expected.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Marianna

    A good basic family cookbook.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sallee

    This is a great cookbook with a plentitude of wonderful recipes and a good book to have in one's collection. This is a great cookbook with a plentitude of wonderful recipes and a good book to have in one's collection.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    I bought a copy after checking out from the library. Everything I've made has been great...easy and good. I bought a copy after checking out from the library. Everything I've made has been great...easy and good.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Miss Clark

    3.5 stars It is a lot of basic recipes and classic dishes all adjusted for an hour or two at most cooking time. So be prepared for a lot of microwaving. Pretty much every pasta dish!!!! Chicken Tikka Masala Skillet Chicken with Rice Pork Cassoulet Grilled Beef Kabobs with Chili-Lime Rice Salad Drop Biscuits Cheese Danish Coffee-Toffee Cookies The list of equivalents and conversions is very useful, and there is a great list of top rated ingredients.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Leeann

    Lots of recommendations for equipment and “best” prepared foods. I don’t know that I would want this book, as I prefer to make many of the recommended items from scratch (such as pizza dough).

  22. 5 out of 5

    David

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ifiibeke

  24. 4 out of 5

    Nitzan Ben-david

  25. 5 out of 5

    Chris Riegel

  26. 5 out of 5

    Patti Miller

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tina

  28. 4 out of 5

    Zach Johnson

  29. 4 out of 5

    Abbe Leffel

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jill

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