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Cook's Illustrated magazine subscribers already know that only Cook's provides an in-depth approach to recipe development, no-nonsense cookware reviews and food ratings, and comprehensive explanations of kitchen techniques and science. In our test kitchen, we roasted 38 turkeys to develop the best recipe, sampled eight brands of turkey to find the one that tastes best, and tested eight brands of roasting pan to find the one that works best. Plus we developed a no-brining technique for those with limited refrigerator space. Of course, you can get hundreds of roast turkey recipes free elsewhere on the web, but none will have been as extensively tested as ours.
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Starting with the May/June 2007 issue, every major recipe, equipment test, and ingredient tasting in Cook's Illustrated magazine, now features Cook’s Live video. Content from new magazine issues, including Cook's Live videos, appears on CooksIllustrated.com at the beginning of the month preceding the magazine issue's cover date.
Yes. Cook's Live video started with the May/June 2007 issue and will be a feature of each issue going forward. In addition, we are adding videos of some of our most requested recipes.
Cook's Live videos are original, behind-the-scenes videos that bring new Cook's Illustrated magazine recipes to life. Starting with the May/June 2007 issue, each recipe published in Cook's Illustrated magazine now includes an overview featuring the test cook who developed the recipe demonstrating each recipe step. In addition, Video Tips demonstrate critical techniques and solutions to common cooking problems or special problems relating to a highlighted recipe, and documentary segments take you behind the scenes of our equipment tests.
All Cook's Live videos are available to CooksIllustrated.com members. If you are not a member of CooksIllustrated.com and would like to start your 14-Day Free Trial, click here.
Online extras is the new name for Cook’s Extras. It is a special feature for readers of Cook's Illustrated magazine and members of CooksIllustrated.com. With Online Extras you will find original recipes, sidebars, or related food and equipment ratings that we were unable to fit into the magazine. All of these articles were developed using the same stringent guidelines as those in the magazine, test, test, and re-test, to provide you with the best, most foolproof recipes.
The recipes are designed to stand alone, meaning you don't need anything from the magazine to make them, and all the recipes are free of charge for 6 months, starting with the date of the current issue. All past Cook’s Extra articles are archived for members of CooksIllustrated.com.
To access both current and past Cook’s Extra recipes and stories, you'll find a special section on each magazine index page titled "online extras" that will link you to a lists of each extra associated with that issue.
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