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All five seasons of Cook's Country from America's Test Kitchen, the cooking show with 1.7 million viewers per week, are united into one companion cookbook that includes every recipe (200 in all) from every show and an expanded shopping guide. The energetic, colorful, retro design connects the book to the television show.


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All five seasons of Cook's Country from America's Test Kitchen, the cooking show with 1.7 million viewers per week, are united into one companion cookbook that includes every recipe (200 in all) from every show and an expanded shopping guide. The energetic, colorful, retro design connects the book to the television show.

30 review for The Complete Cook's Country TV Show Cookbook: Every Recipe, Every Ingredient Testing, and Every Equipment Rating from the Hit TV Show

  1. 4 out of 5

    Leona

    Another great cookbook. This has become my "go to" cookbook, when I want to make something special, yet simple, for company. It's a lot less heavier in weight than their other cookbooks, so it is very handy to leave on the shelf in the kitchen. Though, I am a huge fan of America's Test Kitchens, their cookbooks tend to be extremely heavy since they are chalk full of cooking advise. They are actually cookbooks you can read for the simple enjoyment of reading!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Joyce

    This is a fun cookbook. The chicken tacos, the grilled lemon chicken & the skillet peach cobbler came out just wonderful & looking just like the pictures. I wouldn't mind cooking this book from cover to cover. What you see is what you get. Christopher Kimball and team you've done an outstanding job. I'll be cooking from this one for a long time to come. OK, just had to add the gumbo, really good, took a few hours to put it all together, but it's a keeper. This is a fun cookbook. The chicken tacos, the grilled lemon chicken & the skillet peach cobbler came out just wonderful & looking just like the pictures. I wouldn't mind cooking this book from cover to cover. What you see is what you get. Christopher Kimball and team you've done an outstanding job. I'll be cooking from this one for a long time to come. OK, just had to add the gumbo, really good, took a few hours to put it all together, but it's a keeper.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ashani Hettige

    An exceptional resource for non TV cook show watchers (no time to watch TV shows-have given up that a long time ago) to try missed episodes as the book says. So this suited me. As living in USA,we have to understand their culture through food and this is a good resource for that.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Debby

    I have made and blogged so many of Cook's Country and Cook's Illustrated's recipes. They have, yet, to fail me. I downloaded the kindle version of this book, and I'm seeing quite a few of the recipes I've already made. Last night, I made the Huli Huli chicken (and bogged it) for the second time. The chicken is moist and the sauce is sticky, sweet with heat for chili garlic sauce. There are plenty of retro recipes for roast beef (several different ways) and classics such as Salisbury steaks. The I have made and blogged so many of Cook's Country and Cook's Illustrated's recipes. They have, yet, to fail me. I downloaded the kindle version of this book, and I'm seeing quite a few of the recipes I've already made. Last night, I made the Huli Huli chicken (and bogged it) for the second time. The chicken is moist and the sauce is sticky, sweet with heat for chili garlic sauce. There are plenty of retro recipes for roast beef (several different ways) and classics such as Salisbury steaks. The Tex-Mex section has plenty of recipes to choose from. How many different ways can you make ribs? There's lots of choose from. Pork chops? There are plenty of Italian recipes-- I recently made the slow-cooker Sunday Gravy but adapted it to my pressure cooker. That was delicious, and a lot less fussy. No problem. The grilling section has become one of my favorites. My husband is slowly evolving into quite the grill master, and the classic barbecue chicken is excellent. I love that there are directions for either a charcoal BBQ or a gas grill. There are great tips, with photos, so you can understand what they are talking about. The photography is absolutely beautiful, with a color photo for every single recipe. On my iPad, the photos really "pop" and I like that I can set it on my recipe stand without having to print out the recipe. I subscribe to all of the magazines, online plus the America's Test Kitchen videos-- and it's totally worth it. This is so worth the investment-- it's helped me to become a much better cook and baker.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Debby

    I am a HUGE fan of America's Test Kitchen and Cook's Country-- and I have made (and blogged) a few dozen of their recipes. I record their show, and I also have a subscription to Cook's Country. Yep, I love their recipes. What I like is reading about "why this recipe works". I like how both ATK and CC tries to find a way to simply a recipe that is known to be complicated, and makes it less work intensive...or finds ingredient substitutes that we can buy more easily. I decided to buy this edition s I am a HUGE fan of America's Test Kitchen and Cook's Country-- and I have made (and blogged) a few dozen of their recipes. I record their show, and I also have a subscription to Cook's Country. Yep, I love their recipes. What I like is reading about "why this recipe works". I like how both ATK and CC tries to find a way to simply a recipe that is known to be complicated, and makes it less work intensive...or finds ingredient substitutes that we can buy more easily. I decided to buy this edition so I could have all the recent recipes I've watched this season. I, for one, do miss Christopher Kimball. Still, the show must go on and it does. I have bookmarked at least 30 recipes that I am most anxious to make. I want to make Kolaches and Peach Kuchen, since those are in season. I've made the Santa Maria Tri-Tip, which is fabulous. I've made many of the pasta recipes, like the Pork Ragu (also delicious). I've made several of the grill recipes, like the Burnt Ends (those were fantastic). I've made the Strawberry Dream Cake and it goes on and on. There is a beautiful color photograph for every single recipe. The visual part of me wants to see what something looks like before making it. I love that I can use my subscription to view each recipe online, if I want a refresher on how to make it. Excellent book! Happy cooking and baking!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Cory

    Nice to run across a few recipes I'd seen on the show & thought I'd try - especially the tater tots. I'm a big fan of the attitude of "here's dishes you know, now lets make them better", as well as reviving updating recipes that were popular in the past, like chicken florentine. However, the collection was far too meat-heavy for me, as I'm eating almost entirely vegetarian, and some of the options weren't very inspiring (I already have a vegetarian lasagna recipe, thanks, and it's better than yo Nice to run across a few recipes I'd seen on the show & thought I'd try - especially the tater tots. I'm a big fan of the attitude of "here's dishes you know, now lets make them better", as well as reviving updating recipes that were popular in the past, like chicken florentine. However, the collection was far too meat-heavy for me, as I'm eating almost entirely vegetarian, and some of the options weren't very inspiring (I already have a vegetarian lasagna recipe, thanks, and it's better than yours). Personal note - I'm always entertained by Goodreads' option to "hide review because of spoilers" when 90% of what I read are cookbooks. You won't believe the plot twist in the chocolate cake!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Chi Dubinski

    All the recipes from five years of the television show. The emphasis is on large chunks of meat, and more deep frying than many people probably do these days. Only a couple of vegetable recipes. Also included are the top kitchen gadgets that were tested and the results of the taste tests from the show. Fans of the show will love this book.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Nupur

    Meat-heavy cookbook and many deep-fried recipes that I don't care for but I still found many recipes that I'd like to try. Macaroni and cheese with tomatoes Memphis chopped coleslaw Texas potato salad Sweet corn spoonbread Skillet cornbread Short order home fries Salt and vinegar potatoes Strawberry poke cake Peaches and cream pie Banana pudding

  9. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    I love that there are pictures of every recipe and the directions are what you would expect from the Test Kitchen group. I like the extensive ingredient brand suggestion list as well as the cooking implement suggestions. The food history insets make this cookbook a step above many. I think I was expecting more exciting recipes, but these are classics done well and that's OK too.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kristal

    This book had a lot of good recipes. I wish that there wasn't so many repeats of ideas. Like there are three or four types of potato salads. I think it would have been easier to have a page with a chart that said something like if you want to add this ingredient, then also add this. Same with the "different" bbq recipes. Changing the cola to cherry cola doesn't required a whole new recipe.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Bill

    The recipes are wonderful, cooking hints fabulous. Why did I not give this book five stars? Because it contain only two non starchy vegetable recipes. One third of the book is devoted to baking and much of the rest to grilling. For those of us who do not bake and do not grill and perhaps are on the road to a lighter vegetable enhanced diet the book is a failure.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Carla

    One of the better-designed cookebooks I've found.Yummy recipes, clear directions and photos of each dish on the facing page, along with a comment about why the recipe works. Cabbage apple slaw-delish! The only quibble-not a lot of vegetable recipes. Throw those in it'd be a 5.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    I love Cook 's Country. The book is chock full of great tips and pointers. I like that it tells you "why this recipe works," because sometimes I am tempted to tweak a recipe and I know better with CC's recipes.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    Fun homey recipes. Includes notes on ways to avoid problems. Ingredient and equipment ratings very useful

  15. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    Good for equipment reviews. Otherwise almost every recipe is contained in another cookbook (Cook's Country, Slow Cooker Revolution, Best of series).

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kate Laskowski

    So far, have made the monkeybread and chimichangas from this book. Both excellent!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lenore

    What a great reference for the kitchen. Looking forward to trying out a lot of these recipes with my family.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Heydi Smith

    This cookbook is the best of the best recipes from the TV show. I'm such a fan that this book is a must. I do wish there was more illustrated step by step.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Vicky

    We loved both recipes we have tried so far - the Atlanta Brisket and the Italian Pot Roast.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    Enjoyed this cookbook, there are recipes I look forward to making.

  21. 5 out of 5

    KC

    Anything by America's Test Kitchen, Cook's Illustrated, or Cook's Country is well worth reading!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kirk Dobihal

    A learning book with some classic favorites.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    I'm really liking this one! I've found several recipes in here that I can't wait to make!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Laurie

    I love the television show, so I had to have the cookbook. I read through it in one sitting, drooling over the recipes.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    I often watch this show and wanted to find some recipes I might have missed in the episodes from last season. They are easy to make and easy to follow.

  26. 5 out of 5

    CM

    I actually have the 10th Anniversary Edition, printed in 2017. I love the show and watch it whenever I can. I have seen them make a majority of these dishes. This is one of those few cookbooks that I would just like to take the time to "cook through beginning to end" most of the recipes (and have some genie come in and clean up the kitchen behind me! ;)) What I love most about the cookbook, besides having the recipes in print, is knowing that all the kinks are worked out and the WHYS are clearly I actually have the 10th Anniversary Edition, printed in 2017. I love the show and watch it whenever I can. I have seen them make a majority of these dishes. This is one of those few cookbooks that I would just like to take the time to "cook through beginning to end" most of the recipes (and have some genie come in and clean up the kitchen behind me! ;)) What I love most about the cookbook, besides having the recipes in print, is knowing that all the kinks are worked out and the WHYS are clearly explained for me - no more guesswork as to why I need to do this recipe this way. LOVE THAT!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Renee Brown

    Nicely done. I like the formatting; I found the sidebars with additional information fun to read and easy to navigate. The recipes appear to be well-planned and make sense. I like the unusual chapter grouping and the photos are excellent. I spent several pleasant hours perusing this cookbook and will definitely be back to try some recipes.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    Hundreds of tasty recipes by the chefs at Cook’s Country are in this book, complete with photos and precise directions. The cookbook covers 12 years of recipes they have presented on their TV show. My favorite recipe is Lighthouse Inn Potatoes. This book is on my list to be purchased in the near future.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kathie

    Have enjoyed the show, and wanted the recipes - and now I have the ones I want.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    I'm always a sucker for these well-explained cookbooks. I guess that I like the science behind cooking? And always willing to try variations to improve my cooking.

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