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All-new edition of our best-selling family cookbook with 1,100 new recipes!  A comprehensive A to Z cookbook for anyone looking for an approachable timeless collection of foolproof recipes, cooking techniques, and product ratings from America’s Test Kitchen. The America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook, published in 2005, has sold more than 800,000 copies. We’ve completely u All-new edition of our best-selling family cookbook with 1,100 new recipes!  A comprehensive A to Z cookbook for anyone looking for an approachable timeless collection of foolproof recipes, cooking techniques, and product ratings from America’s Test Kitchen. The America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook, published in 2005, has sold more than 800,000 copies. We’ve completely updated and redesigned this edition, adding more than 1,100 new recipes to 200 best-loved classics from the original book.  The 21 chapters include fresh modern takes on must-have recipes for everything from appetizers and soups to desserts of all kinds. If you want family-friendly recipes for casseroles, burgers, pizza, stovetop mac and cheese, vegetables and breakfast foods, look no further. Looking for new ways to cook chicken breasts, salmon, and pasta? You’ll find them here. More than 1,100 full-color step photographs and 300 recipe photos offer guidance and inspiration; each recipe gives the total time to make it to help you plan, and an illustrated equipment and buying guide features our shopping recommendations. Even if you have the first edition, you’ll want this one, too


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All-new edition of our best-selling family cookbook with 1,100 new recipes!  A comprehensive A to Z cookbook for anyone looking for an approachable timeless collection of foolproof recipes, cooking techniques, and product ratings from America’s Test Kitchen. The America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook, published in 2005, has sold more than 800,000 copies. We’ve completely u All-new edition of our best-selling family cookbook with 1,100 new recipes!  A comprehensive A to Z cookbook for anyone looking for an approachable timeless collection of foolproof recipes, cooking techniques, and product ratings from America’s Test Kitchen. The America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook, published in 2005, has sold more than 800,000 copies. We’ve completely updated and redesigned this edition, adding more than 1,100 new recipes to 200 best-loved classics from the original book.  The 21 chapters include fresh modern takes on must-have recipes for everything from appetizers and soups to desserts of all kinds. If you want family-friendly recipes for casseroles, burgers, pizza, stovetop mac and cheese, vegetables and breakfast foods, look no further. Looking for new ways to cook chicken breasts, salmon, and pasta? You’ll find them here. More than 1,100 full-color step photographs and 300 recipe photos offer guidance and inspiration; each recipe gives the total time to make it to help you plan, and an illustrated equipment and buying guide features our shopping recommendations. Even if you have the first edition, you’ll want this one, too

30 review for The New Family Cookbook

  1. 4 out of 5

    Leona

    Five unequivocal stars!!! I got the original version out on loan from my library. I've started doing this as a way to try out cookbooks prior to purchase. You can never have too many cookbooks, but it can definitely get expensive. I knew I wanted this one right away, so I splurged. I'm glad I did. This is the first time that the revised version is actually better than the original! I'm a huge fan of America's Test Kitchen. They definitely know how to produce a quality cookbook. This one is my fav Five unequivocal stars!!! I got the original version out on loan from my library. I've started doing this as a way to try out cookbooks prior to purchase. You can never have too many cookbooks, but it can definitely get expensive. I knew I wanted this one right away, so I splurged. I'm glad I did. This is the first time that the revised version is actually better than the original! I'm a huge fan of America's Test Kitchen. They definitely know how to produce a quality cookbook. This one is my favorite and has earned a special spot in the kitchen. It's easy to follow with great recipes and tips on how to make the most of your preparation. I particularly love the "why this recipe works" section in front of each recipe. I highly recommend for anyone who loves to cook, or anyone who wants to learn how to cook. This is definitely on the keeper shelf!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sandy

    It’s an addiction. I saw both of the American Test Kitchen cookbooks at the library and yes, I did a bit of hyperventilating before snatching them up. They are my favorite cookbooks and I haven’t laid my eyes upon these editions before but my heavens, both of these books are encyclopedias! Both of these books came in at 6 lbs each and I do have to say after looking at both of these books some of the recipes are repeated in both of them. They each have unique recipes so I am torn at which one is It’s an addiction. I saw both of the American Test Kitchen cookbooks at the library and yes, I did a bit of hyperventilating before snatching them up. They are my favorite cookbooks and I haven’t laid my eyes upon these editions before but my heavens, both of these books are encyclopedias! Both of these books came in at 6 lbs each and I do have to say after looking at both of these books some of the recipes are repeated in both of them. They each have unique recipes so I am torn at which one is my favorite so I will be putting them both on my “What I really want” list as I am addicted to the American Test Kitchen line of products. The other book The Complete America’s Test Kitchen TV Show Cookbook 2001-2015 is definitely worth taking a look at also. Inside this 878 page cookbook, you will find around 768 pages of recipes. The other pages inside include an inclusive index, kitchen tips, shopping guide, and conversion tables. I love their shopping guides as they tell what to look for in certain kitchen items when shopping and they tell you what their favorite item is from appliances to peanut butter. Not all the recipes inside this glossy-paged cookbook have an illustration but there are plenty of pictures in this cookbook and helpful hints to keep you on track while cooking. I love their “notes from the test kitchen” which are thrown in every once in a while and I really love how they add “why this recipe works” with every recipe to let you know the ins and outs of why this recipe is a keeper. There is plenty of other extra fun things added in the cookbook too, like step-by-step illustrations for some recipes, and bright tidbits just for your information. From appetizers, vegetarian entrees, puddings, casseroles, grilling, salads and seafood, etc. you are sure to find some “keepers” in here.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Amy Corwin

    If you want a solid, basic cookbook, this is a great choice. In fact, if you're looking for a wedding gift or housewarming gift for someone moving into their first place, I would highly recommend this cookbook. It is HUGE and very well done. On the inside of the front cover is a good list of emergency substitutions. You might think you'd never use that, but I have used it more than once when I thought I had something like brown sugar and realized I did not. Inside on the back cover are conversio If you want a solid, basic cookbook, this is a great choice. In fact, if you're looking for a wedding gift or housewarming gift for someone moving into their first place, I would highly recommend this cookbook. It is HUGE and very well done. On the inside of the front cover is a good list of emergency substitutions. You might think you'd never use that, but I have used it more than once when I thought I had something like brown sugar and realized I did not. Inside on the back cover are conversions, e.g. 1 c. flour is 5 oz.; equivalent measures, and a table of temperatures for when meat is done. That last item is really handy when you're cooking and don't want to flip through the book just to find out when your pork loin is ready. The sections inside include: Appetizers Salads Soups, Stews, and Chilis Poultry Meat Seafood Vegetarian Entrees Grilling Casseroles Pasta Pizza and Sandwiches Vegetables Rice, Grains, and Beans Eggs and Breakfast Quick Breads Yeast Breads Cookies and Bars Cakes, Pies and Tarts Fruit Desserts Puddings, Custards, and more There is another section in the beginning that discusses kitchen tools and how to care for them. One of the really great things about the cookbook is that there are a ton of pictures and very clear explanations. For example, in the section about kitchen tools, it talks about cutting and shows how to hold/use the knife with an explanation of how to mince parsley, for example. There are wonderful examples with pictures shown of cutting things like bell peppers, tomatoes, etc. Interesting to me: there were a lot of recipes I'd seen done on various shows on television food shows. For example, Chicken with 40 clove garlic. The recipes themselves are written very clearly, and they are labeled as to whether they are fast, which is helpful when you're skimming through looking for things to make on a weeknight. I also liked that they started every recipe with a brief section called: Why This Recipe Works. That paragraph is well worth reading. I've picked up a great many tips from it. It gives you an understanding of WHY the ingredients or cooking techniques work, which also lets you know where you can tinker with it and still have a good recipe. I also love the fact that each recipe includes some suggested variations. Many recipes have pictures and not just of the finished product. The Unstuffed Chicken Cordon Bleu (very good, by the way) also has some pictures showing assembly. For the Chicken Tikka Masala recipe, there is also a note about shopping for Garam Masala, which I found very interesting and helpful. The sections on poultry, fish, and meat have additional material about the various cuts and/or types of fish which help tremendously not just to understand the item, but if you have to do a substitution, you can figure out what might work best. There was a nice section about brining Poultry and Pork, too, and a bit about corning that finally decided me to try that process. I only had two disappointments: they didn't include the vinegar-based North Carolina BBQ in the BBQ section (they had Lexington, Kansas City and South Carolina + a basic sauce for your pulled pork, but no NC vinegar-based, which is my favorite) and was that there was nothing on sourdough in the bread section :). But all-in-all, you'd be really hard-pressed to find a better, basic cookbook. As I said, it would make a great gift for someone just starting out and putting together their first kitchen. There is a LOT of information packed into this cookbook, far more than I can easily mention. The recipes are solid and most are fairly easy. I highly recommend this cookbook if you're looking for a "foundation book" to start your kitchen library.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    Everything You Need to Know for Everyday Cooking The New Family Cookbook is a treasure. Not only are the recipes mouth-watering, it's filled with helpful information on other aspects of cooking. The book opens with a section on Kitchen Tips followed by sections on how to measure, choose knives, and use cutting boards. Although I've cooked for a long time, I learned something from reading them. The recipes range from appetizers and salads through main courses and desserts. I particularly like the s Everything You Need to Know for Everyday Cooking The New Family Cookbook is a treasure. Not only are the recipes mouth-watering, it's filled with helpful information on other aspects of cooking. The book opens with a section on Kitchen Tips followed by sections on how to measure, choose knives, and use cutting boards. Although I've cooked for a long time, I learned something from reading them. The recipes range from appetizers and salads through main courses and desserts. I particularly like the section on casseroles. It's an area where I'm always looking for new recipes because they're easy to prepare and keep well. Each section has numerous colored pictures of the dishes. I think I could gain ten pounds just reading about all the delicious desserts. In addition to pictures of the dishes, many recipes have an illustrated section on how to prepare the dish. I find it helpful to know exactly what to do step by step. Another helpful feature is the designation of the recipe as fast, or it gives you the preparation time. When we're all so busy, it's helpful to know which recipes can be prepared quickly, particularly if you get off work late and have to fix supper. An interesting feature at the end of the cookbook is a list of kitchen equipment that they recommend along with the price. This section is followed by a shopping list giving recommended ingredients. Altogether, this is an excellent kitchen reference. It would make an excellent shower or wedding gift, or a present for someone setting up their first apartment. However, the book isn't limited to new cooks. Even cooks who have been at it for years will find interesting tidbits of information scattered among the recipes. I reviewed this book for the Amazon Vine Program.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Anke

    This is the first GR recommendation I followed:) and I'm so glad that I did it! This book is awesome, not just because I was a bit hungry when I started reading it :) nope, the recipes are fun to read, with pictures easy to follow and lots of useful information. In fact the content is so extensive, I think it's impossible to say, I finished this book. Therefore it means - I finished it for now. This is the first GR recommendation I followed:) and I'm so glad that I did it! This book is awesome, not just because I was a bit hungry when I started reading it :) nope, the recipes are fun to read, with pictures easy to follow and lots of useful information. In fact the content is so extensive, I think it's impossible to say, I finished this book. Therefore it means - I finished it for now.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    This book has the definitive version of your family favourites, your NEW family favourites. Clear instructions, great photos, explanations for why this version of the recipe works using certain techniques and/or ingredients. I recommend anything from The American Test Kitchen, but especially this book. My family has already found a few new favourites ... and I'm a professional chef. Always something new to learn. This book has the definitive version of your family favourites, your NEW family favourites. Clear instructions, great photos, explanations for why this version of the recipe works using certain techniques and/or ingredients. I recommend anything from The American Test Kitchen, but especially this book. My family has already found a few new favourites ... and I'm a professional chef. Always something new to learn.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Maryalene

    I'm not sure I've ever tried a recipe from America's Test Kitchen that didn't turn out. So when I found this cookbook, I felt like I'd uncovered a goldmine. There is a short introduction with plenty of photos on basic tools, chopping techniques and more, and there is detailed information about different ingredients and cooking methods throughout. I hate to say it Mark Bittman, but this might just replace How to Cook Everything as my go-to cookbook. I'm not sure I've ever tried a recipe from America's Test Kitchen that didn't turn out. So when I found this cookbook, I felt like I'd uncovered a goldmine. There is a short introduction with plenty of photos on basic tools, chopping techniques and more, and there is detailed information about different ingredients and cooking methods throughout. I hate to say it Mark Bittman, but this might just replace How to Cook Everything as my go-to cookbook.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Vivian

    There's 40 pounds of book in this $40 book. Comes with America's Test Kitchen signature "why this recipe works" with each recipe. There are lots of step-by-step color photos and lots of tips and tricks. For instance, in the "Foolproof Single-Crust Pie Dough" recipe you learn..."since water bonds with flour to form gluten, too much water makes a crust tough. But rolling out dry dough is difficult. For a pie dough recipe that baked up tender and flaky and rolled out easily every time, we found a m There's 40 pounds of book in this $40 book. Comes with America's Test Kitchen signature "why this recipe works" with each recipe. There are lots of step-by-step color photos and lots of tips and tricks. For instance, in the "Foolproof Single-Crust Pie Dough" recipe you learn..."since water bonds with flour to form gluten, too much water makes a crust tough. But rolling out dry dough is difficult. For a pie dough recipe that baked up tender and flaky and rolled out easily every time, we found a magic ingredient: vodka. Using vodka, which is just 60% water, gave us an easy-to-roll crust recipe with less gluten and no alcohol flavor, since the alcohol vaporizes in the oven. etc." There is a shopping guide appendix for equipment and another for ingredients. (I was happy to see that Swanson is their pick for chicken broth. However, they go with Rachael Ray for beef broth -- and they explain why.)

  9. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    This is a really awesome book. It's not something you flip through - more of a reference. It could easily replace 'The Joy of Cooking' with its step-by-step instructions and incredible photos. The recipes are very family friendly, and range from comfort food to more inventive dishes. They really walk you through the steps and explain why this is the best way to make the recipe. They explain why things didn't work, and include cookware recommendations and store-bought product referrals. This woul This is a really awesome book. It's not something you flip through - more of a reference. It could easily replace 'The Joy of Cooking' with its step-by-step instructions and incredible photos. The recipes are very family friendly, and range from comfort food to more inventive dishes. They really walk you through the steps and explain why this is the best way to make the recipe. They explain why things didn't work, and include cookware recommendations and store-bought product referrals. This would be a great shower gift and is a super addition to any kitchen. I would have given it 5 stars except that most of the recipes take a while to prepare and there's no nutritional information.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Velma

    Xmas 2014 gift, me-->Cole

  11. 4 out of 5

    Maureen

    Most of the recipes are time-intensive.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lisa C. Ungerecht

    This book is HUGE and would make an awesome wedding shower gift. Love all the pictures, instructions, recommendations,and "why it works" for each recipe. This book is HUGE and would make an awesome wedding shower gift. Love all the pictures, instructions, recommendations,and "why it works" for each recipe.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Miss Clark

    Comprehensive. It may be a bit intimidating because of its length and heft, but it has a bit of everything. This would be a good starter because you get the pies and breads and prime rib and soups and side dishes and fried chicken and all the classics without buying fifteen different specialized books. The one drawback (and the reason it has but 4 stars) is the lack of photographs. In this case it is understandable as the book really is already as big as it feasibly can be even if I do highly ap Comprehensive. It may be a bit intimidating because of its length and heft, but it has a bit of everything. This would be a good starter because you get the pies and breads and prime rib and soups and side dishes and fried chicken and all the classics without buying fifteen different specialized books. The one drawback (and the reason it has but 4 stars) is the lack of photographs. In this case it is understandable as the book really is already as big as it feasibly can be even if I do highly appreciate photographs to accompany each recipe. It has lists of Test Kitchen's favorite equipment and ingredients. Explains the various meat cuts from pork, lamb and beef. So many good ones.... Wild Rice Dressing Chicken Piccata Herb-Stuffed Pork Chops Prime Rib Meatballs & Marinara Refried Beans Colorado Green Chili White Chicken Chili Simple Drop Doughnuts French Toast Casserole Ultimate Banana Bread Foolproof New York-Style Cheesecake Cream Biscuits Light and Fluffy Buttermilk Biscuits Blueberry Scones And all the yeast breads!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sam Phillips

    This is my favorite cook book from America's Test Kitchen. Most of the recipes consist of ingredients that you can find organic and there are minimal amounts of canned or jarred ingredients. I only cook organic food, so this strongly appealed to me. The recipes are not complex and you will routinely cook meals under $5 once you have the basic ingredients. Every meal I have cooked has tasted great. While the meals taste great, there is no instruction on how to present the meal, so they aren't nec This is my favorite cook book from America's Test Kitchen. Most of the recipes consist of ingredients that you can find organic and there are minimal amounts of canned or jarred ingredients. I only cook organic food, so this strongly appealed to me. The recipes are not complex and you will routinely cook meals under $5 once you have the basic ingredients. Every meal I have cooked has tasted great. While the meals taste great, there is no instruction on how to present the meal, so they aren't necessary gourmet appearance, but definatley gourmet taste. Wish America's Test Kitchen would do a book on how to pre3sent the food on the plate. If you looking for a place to start try the Tex Mex Enchilidas.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Johanna Wickman

    These Test Kitchen books are full of good recipes and technique break-downs to explain why you do things a certain way, and how to fix common mistakes. More than just recipes, this book offers a lot of basic cooking advice and tips.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Dichiaro

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ryan Cooper

  18. 4 out of 5

    Amber

  19. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Froh

  20. 4 out of 5

    Fatima

  21. 5 out of 5

    Laurie Suchan

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ellie

  23. 4 out of 5

    anonymous

  24. 4 out of 5

    Patrick

  25. 4 out of 5

    Courtney

  26. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

  27. 5 out of 5

    J & A & W R

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jan

  29. 5 out of 5

    Deirdre

  30. 5 out of 5

    Stevie Hall

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