"Scrupulously tested regional and heirloom recipes."
--The New York Times
"The people who worked on this cookbook are fanatics about details, and they are not afraid to use cream."
After more than a year of test kitchen work, we are pleased to offer this handpicked collection of 500 remarkable recipes, including the very best from the first 4 years of Cook's Country magazine and the new Cook's Country public television series. And because we extensively test every featured recipe, you can trust EVERY recipe to deliver as promised, from family favorites like creamy Best Potluck Macaroni and Cheese, juicy All-American Meatloaf, and rich Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies, to interesting and regional recipes like Chocolate Blackout Cake, Texas Sheet Cake and Skillet Lasagna.
American culinary history is replete with lost, regional, family, and heirloom recipes. Our task was to find and test the most interesting and the most appealing of them, and pose two simple questions: "Does it work?" and "Does it make sense in today's modern kitchen?" Those are the questions we set out to answer in The Cook's Country Cookbook.
The Cook's Country test kitchen staff sought out American recipes from old cookbooks, passed-down recipes written on scraps of paper, the Internet, and suggestions from Cook's Country magazine subscribers. Sifting through the rare and the common, the regional and the national, we selected recipes that truly expressed the resourcefulness, and enthusiasm of the American table. We then put our favorites through the crucible of America's most trusted kitchen to winnow our choices down to the recipes that we could make work the first time and every time you make them.
The Cook's Country Cookbook
also includes every recipe, tasting and testing from the first season of our new public television cooking show, Cook's Country TV
Order your copy today so you can watch and cook along with the cast.
Country cooking is about great-tasting homemade foodâ€”food that's meant to be shared with family, friends, or the neighbors from across the street. It's about Sunday dinner, Tuesday night supper, backyard barbecues, potluck dinners, and kid's birthday parties. The Cook's Country Cookbook features a terrific snapshot of American cooking. It's a cookbook that is full of surprises- with recipes that are fresh, appealing and intriguing- but also guaranteed to offer recipes that are foolproof. We also share with you many of the interesting stories, half-truths, and myths associated with many of them. For example, while many restaurants take credit for inventing the Cobb Salad, don't believe them just because it's on their menu- the salad was named for Bob Cobb, owner of the legendary Brown Derby in 1930's Hollywood.
More than just recipes, The Cook's Country Cookbook also provides our up-to-date ratings on equipment, gadgets, and money-saving supermarket ingredients. From inexpensive standing mixers and nonstick skillets, to barbecue sauce, orange juice, and sharp cheddar cheese, we tell you which models and brands to buy...and which to avoid.
Featured Recipes include:
ROADSIDE SPECIALS like Jucy Lucy Burgers
RECIPE-BOX CLASSICS like 24-Hour Picnic Salad - Our secret techniques keep this make-ahead salad crispy, crunchy and colorful while allowing the flavors to meld even after a 24 hour stay in the fridge.
- No it's not misspelled- and it's probably the best burger you've never tasted. Learn how to make this incredibly juicy seasoned burger, which encases a pocket of gooey cheese, without giving the cheesy surprise away until your guests bite into it.
REGIONAL FAVORITES like Creole Fried Chicken
- Our homemade seasoning mix not only lends a potent punch to the crunchy crust, but also adds a peppery finish when added to the chicken right out of the fryer.
RECIPE REVIVALS like Strawberry Poke Cake
- We give this back-of-the-box classic from the 1960s a modern makeover by adding real strawberries and replacing the boxed cake mix with an easy homemade cake that stands up to the fresh fruit.
Starters and Snacks
Salads and Dressings
Soups, Stews, and Chilis
On the Side
Lunch Counter Specials
Morning and Teatime Treats
Bread Basket favorites
Casseroles and Other Potluck Favorites
Chicken (and Turkey) Every Way
Beef and Pork
Cookies and Bars Galore
Blue Ribbon Cakes
Homespun Pies and Fruit Desserts
THE COOK'S COUNTRY COOKBOOK
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608 pages, hardcover
32 pages of full-color photos
325 step-by-step photos and illustrations
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